The Lake Area
White Bear Lake Area Historical Society Fall 2010
The White Bear Lake Area Historical Society’s
Historic House Tour Is Back Again For 2010!
T he White Bear Area Historic House Tour returns on September 26th. The WBLAHS will continue this community
tradition with the House Tour featuring tenhomes around the area.
Included on the tour are:
5 YELLOW BIRCH ROAD
BUILT IN 1916
This stately country home was
designed by famous architect
Emanuel Masqueray as his last work
before his death. Other notable
projects by Masqueray include the
Cathedral of St. Paul and the Basilica
of St. Mary in Minneapolis.
5 BIRCHWOOD AVENUE
BUILT CA 1870
One of Birchwood’s oldest struc-
tures, this home has been masterfully
restored in recent years.
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67 WILDWOOD BEACH
BUILT IN 2007
Built on the site of roller coaster
for Wildwood Park, this second
generation Wildwood Bay home
emphasizes family and heritage at
215 CEDAR STREET
BUILT IN 1915
This village retreat is designed to
maximize space and relaxation with an
elegant yet comfortable living space
and a tranquil lot.
616 HALL AVENUE
BUILT IN 1947
This post-war prefabricated Cape
Cod style home has been modi-
fied over the years to fit the needs
of its homeowners and their
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BUILT IN 1905
This unspoiled Queen
Anne style home has been
in the current owner’s
family all but a decade of
2327 SIXTH STREET
WHITE BEAR LAKE
BUILT CA. 1889
After serving for more than a century as
the home of Manitou Island’s caretakers,
this structure was moved across the
frozen lake in 2009 to its new site where
it has been renovated and updated.
4581 LAKE AVENUE
WHITE BEAR LAKE
BUILT IN 1862
Historically known as “Mound
Cottage” this property is one of
White Bear’s oldest cottages on
the lake and the original site of
the largest of this area’s
American Indian Burial mounds
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4673 LAKE AVENUE
WHITE BEAR LAKE
BUILT IN 1910
Located on the site of the William’s
House, one of White Bear’s grand
resorts, this restful setting lends itself
perfectly to the home which is
decorated in such a way that one feels
as though the lake has been brought
BUILT CA. 1991
This property overlooking the
White Bear Yacht Club Golf
Course has a majestic presence
in a serene setting.
Ticket Prices: SUNDAY,
Facebook.com/ $25 advance, SEPTEMBER 26TH
whitebearhistory $20 WBLAHS members, NOON – 6 PM
$30 Day of event at Depot Museum
(if not sold out)
Advance Ticket Sales:
WBLAHS Depot (Hwy 61 and 4th St., White Bear Lake)
Mail: Checks payable to WBLAHS can be mailed to PO Box
10543, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
VISA, MASTERCARD OR DISCOVER ACCEPTED
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Continued from page 4 Thank you to all of the sponsors of the White Bear Area 2010 Historic House Tour
CHUCK & DON’S PET FOOD OUTLET – SIGNATURE SPONSOR
JAMIE OGDEN –
& EVENT MAINSTREET INC. –
KATHY MADORE – HOUSE HOUSE SPONSOR &
SPONSOR & EVENT SUPPORTER EVENT SUPPORTER
WHITE BEAR LAKE –
HOUSE SPONSOR & WHITE BEAR
EVENT SUPPORTER LAKE AREA
EDINA REALTY – HOUSE HISTORICAL
AMERICAN CLASSIC SOCIETY –
SPONSOR & EVENT
HOMES – HOUSE SPONSOR
SUPPORTER JOY ERICKSON –
HOUSE SPONSOR & & EVENT
EVENT SUPPORTER HOUSE SPONSOR &
MARK ASHBY GROUP – HOUSE SUPPORTER
SPONSOR & EVENT SUPPORTER
A Special Thank You to Our
Hometown Business Members Proudly Serving
T he White Bear Lake Area
Historical Society is proud to
PROUD OF OUR Mueller Lake Mortuary serve the following communi-
HISTORY Parkway Painting Company ties:
PROUD OF OUR Sunbear Salon & Spa
Town Life Magazine
Ursula’s Wine Bar & Café
BUSINESS Vacation Sports
•White Bear Lake
White Bear Country Inn/Rudy’s
•White Bear Township
Red Eye Grill
White Bear Eye Clinic
Auto Glass Express Lakeshore Players
Edina Realty, White Bear Lake VFW Post 1782
Fashion Eyes White Bear Lake Lion’s Club If you have a story,
Frazer Automotive pictures, or any
Hisdahl, Inc. For information on how your information that you
Hoffman Corner Heating & Air business can be a WBLAHS would like to share,
Conditioning Hometown Business Member please contact Sara at
Judy King Estate Sales please contact Sara 651-407-5327
Just Two Bikes at 651-407-5327
Mission From Our President...
Statement of the Jo Emerson
White Bear Lake
A s you will see in this issue, we are highlighting the
2010 House Tour set for Sunday, September 26 from
noon to 6PM. We are proud to have reinvigorated the
Society house tour tradition from years ago. It has proved to be a most popular event.
T he White Bear Lake Area
Historical Society connects the
So make your plans and get your tickets.
Do you know the history of your house? Each house has a unique history that
should be preserved. Think about looking back at the previous owners of your
community to its past, fostering an house and making a history of your house to preserve for future generations.
understanding and You can use pictures and stories to tell the history.
appreciation for our history. Our annual meeting will take place on October 28th. We will be celebrating
the 40th Anniversary of the White Bear Area Historical Society. We will be
We fulfill our mission by…. honoring the charter members who saw to it that our history would be pre-
Gathering and maintaining served. We are so glad they had the foresight to form this organization. And
historical information we have a responsibility to make sure this organization continues to thrive and
and artifacts. grow. So plan to attend our annual meeting, get involved as a volunteer or
We are safe keepers of think about ways you could contribute to make sure this happens.
our heritage. And to the business owners in town, think about preserving the history of
Educating the community your business. If you are a new business, it’s the perfect time to start jotting
about our history. down your history. If you are an older established business, it’s not too late to
We are the community gather pertinent information and put it together. Remember what is current
storytellers. information today will become history for those that follow us.
Encouraging personal and If you think you have some information that we might like to have, please
community responsibility for contact us. If you have old photos, we would be happy to scan them for our
preserving our physical links files. A picture taken in front of your house or a building in town can show
to the past. what things use to look like. So check through your photos and see what you
We are advocates for have.
historical preservation. Thank you to everyone who continues to treasure the history of this area.
WBLAHS 2010 Board Members Needed
Board of Directors On October 28 the WBLAHS will word out about what a treasure we
Jo Emerson, President hold its annual meeting to celebrate have!
Peter Reis, Past President the 40th anniversary of its incorpora- • Fillebrown House In-House Chair,
Jenni Corbett, Secretary tion. The Fillebrown House has responsibilities include coordinating
Tracey Montgomery, Treasurer been been the signature project of and scheduling volunteers to maintain
Scott Freeberg our organization from its early years the interior of the House, working
Christy Gutt and we need your help to continue with event planners to coordinate the
Keith Hisdahl that effort. Elections will be held members’ party and holiday functions
Kathy Hoelscher that night and Board members are and working with the Out-House
Chris Johnson sought to fill the following positions: Chair on joint interior and exterior
Jan Holtz Kraemer • Fillebrown House Tours Chair, projects.
Shana Karle responsibilities include coordinating Please contact Jo Emerson, Board
Lin Lindbeck the tour committee, scheduling and President at 653-0731 if you are
Tom Rice overseeing tour open hours at the interested in learning more or would
Bill Matschke Fillebrown House and working with like to be considered for one of these
Meg Todd the Promotions Chair to get the positions.
From the Director’s Desk...
T he WBLAHS was incorporated in September of 1970. Throughout 2010 the WBLAHS is
celebrating its 40th anniversary. In each of this year’s issues of our quarterly, The Lake Area
Preserver, we will focus on ten facts you may not know about the WBLAHS.
Did you know the WBLAHS…
• Offers guided and self-guided boat tours of White Bear Lake?
• Has a Planned Giving program where supporters can remember the organization in their estate planning?
• Maintains databases of census, cemetery and genealogical data for researchers?
• Has a successful record of grantseeking for project grants through the Minnesota State Grants In Aid pro-
gram and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund program through the Minnesota Historical Society?
• Has provided research and historical editing assistance for several local publications including Looking Back
at White Bear Lake by Cynthia Vadnais, A Walk Through Dellwood by Paul C. Larson, White Bear: A
History by Catherine Carey, and Tales of the Road: Highway 61 by Cathy Wurzer?
• Was one of three partner organizations that brought the 2009 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener to
White Bear Lake?
• Is a resource for interns and students from area high schools and universities who need service learning
• Has developed partnerships with many area organizations to preserve their records?
• Has a local history curriculum available online for our area schools?
• Has had a presence in local community festivals and events including Marketfest, Township Day and Zephyr
Days consistently since 2006?
Your local historical society is a dynamic organization in which we all should be proud. The history of this area is
tremendous and needs to be preserved. Thank you for placing a value on that history by being a member, a volunteer
and a participant in the things we do! We couldn’t continue our efforts without you.
Your Society In Action
D uring the storm on Sunday, August 8th White Bear lost one of its natural landmarks. A giant cottonwood in
Matoska Park uprooted and collapsed taking
down at least one other tree. The tree dates
back more than two centuries and pre-dates
all of White Bear’s recorded history. The
morning after the fall the WBLAHS was there
to record this moment in history.
Calendar of Events
For more details on these events and more, visit whitebearhistory.org or call 651-407-5327.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH White Bear Lake: Land of Lakes and Legends
6-7pm at the Ramsey County Library, White Bear Lake Branch.
Free & open to the public. Join us to hear illustrated stories of
local lore and learn which are true and which are myths. Topics
include the Geist Gazebo, the Legend of Manitou Island and
Mark Twain’s visit to White Bear.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26TH White Bear Area Historic House Tour 2010
See pages 1-5 for more information, noon-6pm
TO SHARE YOUR
MONDAY, OCTOBER 18 TH
White Bear’s Golden Resort Era 1870-1910 FUTURE ISSUES,
Monday, October 18th 6-7pm at the Ramsey County Library, CONTACT:
White Bear Lake Branch. Free & open to the public.
SARA MARKOE HANSON
The arrival of the railroad also meant the beginning of White DEPOT MUSEUM
Bear’s Golden Resort Era. Through this illustrated program we 4751 HIGHWAY 61
will explore the grandest of the resorts and recreation sites WHITE BEAR LAKE, MN
around the lake. 651-407-5327
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28TH WBLAHS Annual Meeting
Thursday, October 28th 6-9pm at Manitou Station.
More details to be announced soon.
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