Charlie Zinsmaster lauded for 50 years of service


April 6, 2023

P.J. Glisson/The Globe

A MARCH 26 gathering on the Uller Trails celebrates Charlie Zinsmaster, at right, who has done volunteer trail maintenance for 50 years. From left are members of his immediate family, including son Karl Zinsmaster; daughter Kristin Zinsmaster and her baby, Gabriel, 4 months; and Charlie's wife, Carol.


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UPSON, Wis. - Late in March, directly next to Wisconsin's Uller Trails, all the makings of a winter paradise were set up to honor one of the people who has made the paths possible for decades.

Charles Zinsmaster of Pence - known commonly as "Charlie" - was surrounded by family, friends, neighbors, former workmates, fellow volunteers, and romping dogs in various colors and sizes.

A bonfire burned while meat sizzled on grills, and lunch was spread out on a simple, folding table next to a tiny trail cabin.

The commemoration was for Zinsmaster's 50 years...

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