ISHOF Inductees - 1997
Bill Schumann - Volunteer / Club Organizer
Bill Schumann's leadership skills touched the one of the
first snowmobile clubs in Illinois, the Settle Inn Players"
which he founded, as well as 90 other local clubs he helped
unite into a positive force to promote snowmobiling in his home
state. This leadership extended to the Illinois Association of
Snowmobile Clubs (IASC) which he served an unprecedented five
terms as president. Schumann worked hard through the IASC to
build a strong relationship with snowmobile manufacturers to
promote the sport. He urged the IASC to support the industry's
Safe Rider program and worked closely with the Illinois
Department of Natural Resources and the state legislature to
improve snowmobiling. During Schumann's presidency the IASC
clubs received over $67,000 in grant funds from the Illinois
Department of Conservation to improve their trail systems. His
working relationship with the Department of Natural Resources
resulted in a new state snowmobile trail map, assistance for
club operation and maintenance costs of groomers used on public
trails and a change in the assistance formula for government
grants which provided major incentive for local governments to
become involved in local snowmobile projects. Schumann chaired
and hosted the IASC's 1993 meeting. This snowmobiling ambassador
also served in numerous capacities for the Northeastern Illinois
Association of Snowmobile Clubs and as a member of the Blue
Ribbon Coalition. He worked continuously to improve the image of
snowmobiling, at one point, arranging for CNN to return to
Illinois to do a more positive story on the sport. He was
inducted into the Iron Dog Brigade in 1992 and was chairman of
its Auditing Committee in 1995 and 1996. Schumann lead the Lake
States Resources Alliance, an important watch dog group, in
1996. He is a charter member of the Antique Snowmobile Club of
America, becoming its president in 1993. That same year he
coordinated the reenactment of the first Eagle River, Wisconsin
Snowmobile Derby with original sled and, in 1994, involved the
ASCOA in the International Snowmobile Congress. His unselfish
dedication to the sport of snowmobiling brought him the Scott
England Award which he had established, the 1995 U.S.
Snowmobiler of the Year Award, the ASCOA Distinguished Service
Award and the national Harry Knoll Award for outstanding
service. He remains active in snowmobile associations in
Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Iowa. The former
owner/operator of Schumann Oil Equipment Co. in Arlington
Heights, Ill., was also active in his home community's civic and
fraternal organizations and, at the same time, able to give a
good portion of his life to the fun and sport of snowmobiling.
Nina Smith - Volunteer / Club Organizer
Many who knew Nina Smith consider her the "First Lady of
Snowmobiling" because of her passion for the sport which spanned
16 years. Smith, who died from an unexpected illness Nov.
1,1989, was active nationally in the mid to late 1978 when the
long term future of snowmobiling was at stake. She became an
expert in the use of public lands for recreation and fought
tirelessly for the rights of snowmobilers to such lands.
This gutsy lady overcame numerous political and environmental
challenges to become an effective force with the U.S. Forest
Service, the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land
Management. Because of her vast knowledge of land use, she was
called to Washington, D.C. twice to testify before the U.S.
Senate. Her views were respected and valued by the Montana
delegation as well as by state and federal land management
During the period when the park service was trying to ban the
use of snowmobiles in national parks, Smith struck an alliance
with the Yellowstone Park superintendent who later stumped the
nation to talk about how snowmobilers had little or no impact on
Those who worked with Smith consider her one of two or three
people responsible for the state of Montana having very special
kinds of opportunities available for resident and nonresident
snowmobilers. "There are areas open to snowmobilers in Montana
because of her uncommon abilities to speak in behalf of
snowmobiling," one of her nominators wrote.
Smith is considered solely responsible for the 125-mile Big Sky
Trail, a first of its kind corridor trail allowed by the U.S. Forest
Service in Yellowstone Park through federally-protected
She was successful because of her uncommon ability to compromise
on major issues. In her own words, "We will be fair...and
everyone will be a winner. That's what it is all about."
Smith was a grassroots volunteer appointed to the National Park
Service Task Force on Snowmobiling, the Regional Steering
Committee on the Resource Protection Act, the Bureau of Land
Management's Citizens Advisory Council, Missouri River Basin
Commission, Rural Areas Development Subcommittee on Recreation
in Montana and the Governors Ad Hoc Committee on Forest
She was a co-founder of the Montana Snowmobile Association (MSA)
which granted her lifetime membership. She was that group's
first woman president and served on its public lands committee
for ten years.
Smith also headed the MSA's Land Use Committee and was its
delegate to the Western Economic Trade Association meetings for
This warm and gracious lady did not confine her organizational
talents solely to Montana, but also worked with the
International Snowmobile Congress (ISC). She was its Montana
delegate, Vice Chair of the Western Chapter and one of the first
women to be an ISC Co-Chair and its President in
The Congress honored her by naming its highest award the Nina
Smith Achievement Award. She was elected a member of the Iron
Dog Brigade and later received its Distinguished Service Award
In addition, she was the first recipient of the International
Snowmobile Industry Association's (ISIA) Special Achievement Award. The
U.S. Forest Service honored Smith with a 75th Anniversary Award
for her participation in the resolution of land use. Smith also
became Snowmobile Magazine's Most Valuable Snowmobiler in 1980.
Allan Hetteen - Inventor / Designer /
One of the three (3) original Polaris pioneers, Allan Hetteen,
was on his way to help a neighbor, when he was killed in a
tractor accident in November 1973. His memory as a trusted
friend and helper for many remains in all whose lives he
His work as a creator, shaper and leader in the snowmobile
industry, especially while he served as President of Polaris
from 1960 to 1969, is especially important to an industry and to
the small northern Minnesota community of Roseau. Hetteen cared
about community and served his church as well as civic and
business organizations. He founded Polaris with his older brother Edgar
along with David
Johnson. When Edgar left to start Arctic Cat, Allan remained
with Polaris in
Roseau, Minnesota. He took Polaris from the brink of bankruptcy
to stellar success following the premiere of the successful
Mustang series of Polaris snowmobiles. Hetteen did all this
despite the fact the Board of Directors initially felt
he might be too young to head Polaris. His part in the decision
to turn the Company away from farm machinery and toward snow
machines proved he was the right man for the job.
He urged Polaris Industries to place less emphasis on the name Sno-Traveler and more emphasis on Polaris; A move which underlined
a change from snow machines for trappers, foresters and others
who worked in the woods to machines for sports enthusiasts.
Early sales did not come easy and Allan had to work hard to
sell the concept of snowmobiling to the public and investors
But he was persistent, feeling that "people would rather ride
a hot little (machine) than a slow big one." The emphasis was on
recreation and Hetteen was leading the way.
He may have failed when the Polaris Comet did not make the
profits he had hoped it would. It was during this near financial
disaster that Hetteen's ability to get along with people,
personal credibility and sincerity served him and the Company. His
vendors gave him time to pay back Polaris debts and to launch
the successful Mustang series.
During his tenure as President of Polaris Hetteen was able to
negotiate an exclusive agreement with a Japanese engine supplier
and to sell the rapidly growing company to Textron with the
understanding that Polaris would stay in Roseau. After leaving
Polaris, he founded Rosco, Inc. as a Polaris distributor for the
Dakotas and Northern Minnesota.
Hetteen was an active racer until 1965, when he won the Canadian
Championship Power Toboggan races riding a Mustang.
His pioneering spirit led to the founding and first presidency
of the International Snowmobile Industry Association (ISIA).
According to a nominator, Hetteen "recognized the need to unite
the sport as an entity which could represent the industry of
snowmobile manufacturers as well as those users who would create
clubs and trails."
Hetteen asked the ISIA to emphasize the responsible and safe use
of snowmobiles and the creation of a North American network of
recreational snowmobile trails on public and private land.
Frank Farren, Jr. - Trail and Program
From his appointment in August 1970 as the first trail
administrator of a new program in Maine's Bureau of Parks and
Recreation, Frank Farren, Jr. has worked tirelessly to build
that program, form snowmobile clubs, develop trails, draft
legislation and work with countless committees and thousands of
public and private landowners over a sixteen (16) year period.
According to the Commissioner of Maine's Department of
Conservation, Frank was directly
responsible for developing the first trails in State Parks,
creating a grooming program, developing grant programs to fund
trails and designing informational material to improve the
sport. "It was during his tenure that Maine's snowmobile trail
system took off," the Commissioner wrote.
Under his leadership, the trails program grew from zero to 156 trail
maintenance grants with local clubs, 61 municipality grants, distribution of free
snowmobile trail signs, 10,000
miles of trails and an established liability insurance program
sponsored by the state.
Because of the rapport Frank built with the public, snowmobilers,
landowners and legislators, Maine snowmobiling flourished. The key to
Farren's success was his support
of local clubs and their activities.
His awards for dedication and devotion to outdoor recreation
include a Certificate of Appreciation from the U.S. Department
of Agriculture for his work with the White Mountain National
Forest, a 1982 award by the International Snowmobile Industry
Association (ISIA) for his guidance and leadership and
also recognition as Snowmobile Magazine's Most Valuable Snowmobiler
that same year.
Farren was elected the first Chairman of the ISIA Northeast
Chapter two (2) years later, further recognizing his dedication to
Maine's House of Representatives and Senate lauded Farren for his
sixteen (16) years of leadership when he resigned from the Bureau in 1986.
He had won a seat in the Maine State House of Representatives in
December and served until 1994.
As a State Legislator, Farren continued to develop and fight for
snowmobile legislation to generate more funding for Maine's
The Maine Snowmobile Association granted him a lifetime
membership in 1986 and another northeastern state, New
Hampshire, gave him an appreciation plaque for his assistance
and guidance in bettering that state's trail program. Much of
the unprecedented growth of snowmobiling in Maine can be
attributed to Farren's past work on its snowmobile program and
the ability for the program to attract large numbers of out of
state snowmobile enthusiasts to
Maine snowmobile trails.