- Members of the Medford Curling Club celebrated their 100 year anniversary this weekend. The club began its first curling season in July of 1914 and has steadily built a following during the past century. Club members believe media exposure has brought more attention to curling locally and across the country.
"I think the Olympics have done a great boost for curling, clubs are popping up all over the United States now," said Centennial Committee Chairman Jeff Mueller. "You can meet people all over the country, you mention curling, they say they saw it on the Olympics. Unlike years ago when they thought it was just some boring shuffleboard on ice type of thing, people really get into it."
The first club members used to practice out on the millpond in Medford during the early years. It wasn't until the early forties that they built the club that stands in the southern part town.
"I think it was around 1941 when they started seriously considering that they need to build a curling club,"said Club Director Elmer Balko. "They bought the land at that time for a dollar and it was deeded to the curling club and this is where the curling club is today."
Materials used to build the club were gathered from local buildings from the Civilian Conservation Corps era that were to be torn down in the Perkinsville area in Taylor County. The materials from these buildings were used to build the current clubhouse, including the rafters that still hang above the curling arena.
The club went on to hold several national and even international curling tournaments, or bonspiels. That's why they needed the entire weekend to celebrate their past, and people showed up to express their appreciation.
"Mayor Mike Welner, city of Medford, said a few things to show the appreciation that Medford has for the Medford Curling Club, it's a nice mutually beneficial relationship," said Mueller. "We also had Representative Mary Williams and Jerry Petrowski here to present a citation from the state recognizing the curling club's 100 years."
The Centennial Curling Bonspiel will still be held through the 25th and is free for all to watch with food and drinks available. If you would like to contact the Medford Curling Club, follow the link below to their website.
Medford Curling Club