A sport that thrived in
Pardeeville and still is popular is Curling.
Back in the 1870s, the game was played outdoors.
indications that there was Curling in the Pardeeville area before the Civil War,
but no actual facts are known.
Authentic records of the first organization of the club have been lost or
destroyed, however, the Grand National Curling Club of America lists Pardeeville
as having a rink entered in the National competition in 1872. Newspaper articles from the early
1880s report league games, and visits by “the boys of Wyocena” for curling
competition. The date used by the
club (1875) is certainly not too early and it may be some years after the
actual beginning of the club.
The first sheets
of ice were laid out on Park Lake probably in the small bay near the electrical
dam on Main Street (by the former Lakeside Mobil gas station). One report from an old time curler,
C.W. Merrill, speaks of a “curling house” where the filling station how stands.
curling rink was located on the southwest corner of Chandler Park. In 1922, a building was
built bordering Park Lake behind the village offices on the corner of Lake &
Second Streets. Artificial ice was
installed in the ice house in 1938.
In the 1950s, the original wooden building was torn down so a new concrete
building could be built. Since that
major addition, the clubroom was enlarged, the lobby was remodeled, and the
entire building was insulated. Heat
and a dehumidifier were added to the ice house in the 2000s – big difference to
the origins of curling in Pardeeville.
started in Pardeeville, only men participated.
In 1953, women were invited to curl for the first time when they
participated in the Screwball Bonspiel for club members. The women’s organization, the “Pardee
Pipers”, began in 1960. Through
operation of the kitchen, the women curlers have contributed financially to the
progress of the club, and through their time and effort, have done much to
improve the comfort and attractiveness of the club. The Pardee Pipers disbanded in 1987
when the women’s organization merged with the men to form one board of
directors to oversee the workings of the club.
If you have any old photos or memorabilia of Pardeeville
curling that you would like to donate to the Pardeeville Curling Club, please
contact Vicki Griepentrog or email