CHURCH PHOTO This Methodist church in Eau Galle, Wisconsin was where my grandfather (Wilkie) was minister in the 1910’s. This photo and the next one below were taken around 2000, by Greg Clock, his grandson.
PARSONAGE PHOTO: Greg Clock, at the Methodist parsonage in Eau Galle, where his/my grandparents, Rev Wilkie & Margaret Clock, and their children lived ….including my dad (Charles) when he was a very young boy. Greg’s dad (Virgil) was just a baby at the time. The Clock family moved to Wisconsin from Coleraine, Minnesota …where my Dad was born in 1913. Greg’s father, Virgil, was born here in Eau Galle. Before Minnesota, they had already lived at several locations in New York.
It was the accepted practice in the Methodist Church organization for a minister to serve 2 years in a church then to be transferred to a new church of The Church’s choosing. So, in those times a minister’s family often moved as frequently as a military family does today. The reason for all the shuffling of ministers was to prevent a them from getting too close to their congregation and to allow for fresh blood and ideas to circulate. Since moving was so common, the church building often had a church owned parsonage near by, for the minister and his family to live in. It wouldn’t be long until they were moving on.
After their stay in Eau Galle, the Clocks hit the road for Commerce, Oklahoma ….then on to Tulsa a year later. (Note: Be sure to read my Aunt Mary’s account, titled “In The Mud And Scum Of Things”, about the family’s car trip from Wisconsin to Oklahoma in 1918. And life in Commerce, through a young girl’s eyes. It is posted in this blog. It is very interesting!)
But all the moving ended for the Clock family. That must have been quite a relief. I would guess the reason was because my grandfather Wilkie “built” the stone West Tulsa Methodist Church, he was allowed to remain its minister for the rest of his life. Perhaps that was his earthly payback. But who knows? I’m pretty sure my grandfather would have probably joked …”The Church works in mysterious ways”. Anyway, it was now …the Clocks of Tulsa!
Wilkie and Margaret Clock (my grandparents) and their children in Eau Galle, Wisconsin, 1910’s. WCC was the Methodist minister there for two years. My grandma was a nurse. R to L: Paul, Margaret, Ruth, George, Mary, Virgil, Wilkie and Charles (my dad) lower left. Great photo, by the way!
FAMILY PICTURE & PORTRAIT:
Charles Clock, my father, is seated on his dad’s (Wilkie’s) knee in the upper photo. Probably taken when the family was living in Eau Galle, Wisconsin. Or perhaps even earlier, when they were all living in Coleraine, Minnesota …where my dad was born in 1913. Taken around 1915 I would guess.
The lower photo of my grandfather, Wilkie, appears to be from even earlier, perhaps around 1910?
If so, that would make him about 35 years old. He was born in 1876, the year of America’s Centennial & Custer’s Last Stand.
(Both of these photos are from Karon Clock Lemming’s booklet, “Our Ancestors”)
MAP: Eau Galle, Wisconsin
(Population 800 in 2010.)
Wisconsin State Map:
HISTORY OF THE EAU GALLE AREA
Logging dominated the local economy for decades and I assume it still did when the Clock family lived there. When the pine forests of the upper Midwest were finally logged off, the timber companies and loggers moved on to the Pacific NW. Where the trees were huge and the forests appeared endless.
Chippewa River Logging.
(The Eau Galle River dumps into the Chippewa.)
The 1757 edition of the Mitchell Map calls the river “Hahatonadeba River.” This is a translation from the Dakota language of Ḣaḣatuŋ[waŋ W]akpa. The word “Chippewa” is a rendering of “Ojibwe.” The Ojibwe people controlled most of the upper Chippewa Valley and its tributaries until the Treaty of St. Peters in 1837.
Of the pine forests in Wisconsin in the 1800s, the Chippewa River system held more than even the Wisconsin River. It is estimated that the Chippewa system drained 34% of Wisconsin’s pineries, as compared to 21% for the Wisconsin, 14% for the St. Croix, and 7% for the Black. Before logging, the Chippewa Valley probably held about 46,000,000,000 board feet of lumber.Frederick Weyerhaeuser described it as “a logger’s paradise, a very large part of its area being heavily forested with the finest quality of white pine timber, while rivers, streams, and lakes offered an excellent network of transportation facilities.”
The first sawmill in the Chippewa Valley was probably functioning at what would become Menomonie around 1831. By 1840 Jean Brunet and associates were sawing wood at Chippewa Falls. Floods destroyed these early mills, and the lumbermen rebuilt them. In the late 1800s, Chippewa Falls was said to have the largest sawmill under one roof in the world.
By the 1850s the loggers were binding the sawed pine lumber into rafts which were guided down the lower Chippewa to markets on the Mississippi. Above Chippewa Falls, though, the river was too rough and rocky for large rafts. Masses of individual logs were driven down by log drivers, sometimes called “river pigs.” To make the drives more efficient and reliable, the loggers changed the river somewhat, dynamiting troublesome rocks, cutting trees that would snag logs, building up the banks in places, and damming the river and its tributaries. Around 1876 a dam and log-sorting works was built between Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls. In 1878 a large splash dam was built at Little Falls (modern Holcombe), with so much capacity that when fully opened it could raise the Chippewa three feet 100 miles downstream. Over the Chippewa and its tributaries the loggers built at least 148 logging dams, of various sizes and purposes.
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This is where Charles Clock (my dad) was born in 1913 when his dad, Rev WC Clock, was the minister of the Methodist Episcopal Chuch in Coleraine fir 2 years. Next the Wilkie & Margaret Clock family moved to Eau Galle, Wisconsin ….to lead the Methodist Church there.
Photo of Coleraine (1910) …
three years before my dad (Charles) was born there. It was a brand new company town, set up by an iron mining company that later became part of United States Steel. When I was growing up, it was a standing joke between my parents. Coleraine? Where in the heck is Coleraine? ha Today it has a population of slightly over 1,000.
Photo: Methodist Episcopal Church. Where my grandfather, Wilkie Clyde Clock was the preacher in the early 1910’s.
Photo of all the churches of Coleraine. All of them brand spanking new, since the entire town was barely 10 years old when Dad was born there.