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White Lake honors Bill Gamble at program Sunday, cited a busy life
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The community at White Lake turned out to honor one of its durable and key residents, Bill Gamble, on Sunday.

Gamble, who has spent most of his life as a resident of the eastern Langlade County, and his late wife Marge, had five children, he was active in many segments in the community.

In addition, he was involved in the White Lake school, and has been recognized as a captain of Yawkey-Bissell, a flooring mill and key employer in Langlade County. He has also been recognized as a national leader in production of maple flooring.

The event, held at the community center, drew Gamble’s children, with the exception of one daughter, Maggie, and friends and relatives who traveled to attend the event and visit with Gamble and his family.

The center’s main room was also filled with friends, men and women who worked at the flooring mill under the Gamble management.

He started working at the White Lake mill when he was younger and served in a number of positions and levels.

During an interview when he was named to the Hall of Fame for the Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association during 2008, Gamble said, “sawdust crept into my veins at an early age and is still coursing through my body.” He added, “It hasn’t ever let up.”

Gamble studied at Carroll College in Milwaukee and Ferris Institute in Michigan returning to White Lake to work with his father at the mill.

While active in the mill he was a family man working with his wife raising their children, being involved in many aspects of the village and working to improve life in eastern Langlade County.

He took a break from White Lake to operate a flooring mill in Amasa, Mich., but in 1979 had the opportunity to return. For many of his years with the flooring mill, he acted as plant manager holding the position until his retirement in 1993.

Even after retiring he continued to work with the owners, Robbins, as an advisor and make sales calls to his longtime customers.

In fact, the entire community can be traced to the Gamble family.

In 1916 the village was carved out of the wilderness by Gamble’s grandfather. That led to development to the White Lake community and mill as it exists today.

The Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association called Gamble “an icon in the industry and a genuinely wonderful person.”

Friends, family and former co-workers agreed at the festivities.


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Bill Gamble, center, with four of his five children are shown at the program Sunday at the White Lake Community Center. They are, from the left, Nancy Smith, Bill Gamble, the honoree, Mike Gamble and Becky Skibo.
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