University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Link to University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Link to University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
The State of Wisconsin Collection

Page View

Town of Frankfort centennial

Organizations,   pp. 43-50

Page 49

1990 Members
Adam Fecker, Gary John Fecker, Bridget Finke, Julie Giese,
Wayne Giese, Ian Kirchner, Sara Kirchner, Ben Kruger, Brian
Kruger, Ray LeVoy, Kelly Passehl, Tracy Passehl, Carrie Ploeck-
elman, Keith Ploeckelman, Rhonda Ploeckelman, Shela Ploeck-
elman, Wendy Ploeckelman and Ryan Borchardt.
1990 General Leaders
Harold Finke and Beverly Fecker
Bridget Finke - President
Julie Giese - Vice President
Kelly Passehl - Secretary
Wendy Ploeckelman - Treasurer
Keith Ploeckelman - Historian
Harold Finke - General Leader
Beverly Fecker - Co-leader
Front Row (1-r): Ray Levoy, Shelia Ploeckelman, Christine
Kirchner. Row 2: Adam Fecker, Rhonda Ploeckelman,
Tracy Passehl. Row 3: Wayne Giese, Brian Kruger, Keith
Ploeckleman, Bridget Finke, Kelly Passehl, Carrie
Ploeckleman. Back Row: Ben Kruger, Julie Giese.
Missing were: Gary John Fecker, Ian Kirchner, Sara
Kirchner, Wendy Ploeckelman, Ryan Borchardt.
The Frankfort Freedom Riders Snowmobile Club was organ-
ized in 1972 and incorporated on February 23, 1973 for the
purpose of promoting snowmobile safety and establishing snow-
mobile-trails. Before this time, snowmobile trails were usually
unmarked and in roadside ditches, changing with each snow-
fall. Eventually trails were developed through woods and
swamps during the summer months and maintained during the
winter with drags provided by the club or homemade drags
which members would pull behind their own snowmobiles.
Many hours were donated by club members to build these trails.
That first year the Club had 30 miles of trails that connected
with the trails of seven other snowmobile clubs. Trailbosses
were appointed from various areas of the trails and they were re-
sponsible for grooming their own section of the trail.
The Club meets the second Tuesday of each month, October
through March. The first meetings were held at the Frankfort
Town Garage and eventually moved to the Frankfort Cheese
Factory for many years. At the present time they are being held
at the Frankfort Town Hall. A special meeting was held on May
15, 1973 to sign a petition against a bill that would prohibit
snowmobiling after dark, except in an emergency.
Events the Club sponsored during its early years were
weiner roasts, a yearly picnic for members and landowners, trai
rides for members and their families, chili dinners to raise
money as well as dances at the Trianon Ballroom with well
known bands during which raffles were held to give away prizes
donated by area businesses, an Aqua-mobile demonstration at
Elmerd Schemenauer's pond, and Snowmobile Safety course
where children ages 11 through 16 were taught how to properl
operate and maintain a snowmobile and issued a certificat
upon successful completion of the course. More recently the
Club has organized trail rides to Friday night fish fries and has
held a Poker Run the last two years as a fund-raising event.
Aqua Demonstration
In December of 1976 the club made its first major purchase
of trail grooming equipment which consisted of an Alpine
Snowmobile and Bombadier drag purchased from Bowen'
Hardware of Curtiss. In April of 1979, the Club decided ts
purchase a used Army Weasel so Darrel Leffel and John Busche
traveled to Kingston, NC to pick it up. Other area clubs wer
doing the same. The Alpine was sold to help finance this

Go up to Top of Page