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Beautiful Lake Resort, of Late Years a Summer
Retreat for ^City Dwellers, Will Become a Sub-
urb of MinneapolisLife Around Lake Will
Be Stimulated and Enlivened.
out by nature as a
place peculiarly appropriate to
her worship, Lake Minnetonka
has passed thru several stages
of development and is enter
ing upon still another new and impor
tant one, whose boundary is to be
formed by the beginning of frequent
and rapid trolley service.
The prehistoric era is concerned
chiefly with the Indians, "who invested
the lake with a legendary charm that
is a pity should be almost wholly lost.
There is just a slight trace of the
white man's trail in the tradition
which precedes histoiy. The courreurs
du bois who threaded all of the north
ern water couises, are reputed to have
been visitors at the lake as earlv as
the latter part of the seventeenth cen
tury, but even tradition holds no defi
nite information about them. The near
est approach to authentic evidence is
contained in the story of the rinding
by J. S. Letfoid of Carver of a two
storv log cabin in the heart of the
forest towaids Excelsior from Carvei.
Embedded in a tree overlaid by what
TROLLEY'S ADVENT MEANS
NEW ERA FOR MINNETONKA
was estimated to be 150 years' growth,
was found a pistol of French make.
The period of exploration began with
the visit of a party of lads from Port
Snelhng in 1822, and was fairly com
pleted in the first year of permanent
settlement in 1832. Another decade
from this time constitutes the period
of settlement. Dining the days of the
civil war and threatened Indian trou
bles, Minnetonka, like the rest of the
state, simplv marked time. Altho S.
C. Gale built a cottage at Maplewood
in 1869. and a few other cottages were
built, tor ten years the lake was the
resort of picnickers and campers rather
than tourists and summer residents.
Hotel St. Louis was built in 1878,
and was followed in rapid succession
by other large hotels, clubhouses and
boarding houses, and up to 1890 the
dominant element at the lake was the
flitting vacation visitors, whose stay
was limited to a few weeks and whose
taste was for gayety and society rather
than rural delights.
Period of Depression.
The change of affairs that diverted
THE COTTAGEWOOD SHORE FROM K/VTA HDIN.
DEL-OTERO CASINO and BOAT HOUSE
AT SPRING PARK-
SATURDAY EVENING, MAY 13
BOWLING ALLEYS REFINISHED
50 NEW ROW BOATS
Hotel is Open for Inspection
Formal Opening of Hotel nay 20th.
LAK1 MINNETONKA, MINN. OPENS JUNE 22.
SUITES WITH PRIVATE BATH,
OVER 200 ROOMS, SINGLE OR EN SUITE,
ABSOLUTELY FIRST CLASS.
RatesTransient, $3 to $5 per day $15 to $30 per week. Special rates to parties or families.
First class Cafe, a la carte service. Fine OrchestraExcellent Service Guaranteed.
A representative will call upon you wi th diagram of rooms and make rates if you
T\rlte for Illustrated booklet, Lake Minnetonka and the Tonka Bay Hotel.
G. H. GODFREE, Manager
Lake Minnetonka Transportation
and Dredging Co.,
Careful and Competent Pilots.
Ope|tiJori^!ason,^_atM May 27. Newly RepaintedjRemodeled.
Ratss $2 per day ST to $12 per week. D^H^CVCU^
Suite SOS Temple
Fleet ccmsists of the steamers Puritan,
Plymouth, Mavflower and Pilgrim, launch Buttinski, barge Priscilla.
Steamers make connections with trains on the Great Northern, M. & St.
L. and C, M. & St. P. By
the throng of southern tourists, which
was partly a matter of circumstance
and partly due to a changed feeling
for country lite, brought many lamen
tations from owners concerned in hotel
and steamer property, and there was
for a number of years a strong feeling
that Minnetonka had seen its day but
nothing so beautiful and accessible
from a large city could fall into per
manent neglect, as the wise ones fore
saw and all others have seen in the
last five years. The cottager almost
preceded the tourist, but he only ,came
into his own a little more than a dec
ade ago, and already there is a newer
evolution, to whom the next era be
longsthe suburbanite, who will cast
his lot with the lake denizens and be
come a rural citizen.
The suburbanites belong to a variety
of classes, all of which are already rep
resented in the little nucleus. Two
kinds of motives actuate moving from
the city permanently, but these are
nearly always mingled in varying de
gree in each individual. Cheap homes
with the opportunity of at least supply
ing their own tables with fruit an'd veg
etables, have led a considerable num
ber to buy a few acres at the lake or
near by. This has much force for the
man who cannot afford two homes, and
must choose between being deprived of
some city conveniences and doing with
out any real country life.
It is probable that comparatively
few to whom mon'ey is no object, will
actually spend twelve months of the
year at Minnetonka, and be obliged to
go back and forth to the city daily.
The suburban class will for a time at
least be made up quite largely of people
-Copyright Photo by Sweet.
This Store is Devoted Exclusively to Sporting Goods
406 First Ave. So.
J. A. PEARSON, Proprietor.
Newly Remodeled, New Pavilion and New Boats.
not closely bound by business, either
men who have partly witdrawn from
active business life or those whose
health will not permit them to keep up
steadily the business grind. For peo
ple of delicate health, lake life is often'
the most hopeful remedy possible. This
somewhat leisure class makes up large
ly the growing number of people who
have given up other permanent resi
dences, but who still close their houses
for three or four months in winter, go
ing either to Minneapolis or to some
warmer climate for that short period.
Season Is Lengthening.
Every now an*d then some active
business man of ample means impelled
by a genuine love of country life, makes
the experiment of keeping his lake
house open practically all of the year,
making that his real home, and this
number will be increased steadily, but
perhaps less rapidly than among people
who have the motive of both economy
an'd love of rural life.
With the majority, for many years
yet, the lake will be considered in the
light of a summer residence, but the
tendency is to make the season as long
as school and business arrangements
will permit. The interest in outdoor
life is responsible for this. A garden
and provision' for all the Outdoor pleas
ures is now inseparable in thought from
life at the lake for a large majority of
the summer cottagers. With most of
these delvers in the soil it is a natural
instinct. The rest interest themselves
in gardening and sports in order to be
in the swim and generally en"d by devel
oping a taste for both.
The spirit of rivalry in beautifying is
doing much to make Minnetonka a gar
den spot such as nature designed it to
be. The same spirit of generous emu
lation is resulting in marvelous and in
dustrial development of its agricultural
possibilities. With the finest natural
resources for fruit and truck farming
the new growth foreshadowed in the ad
vent of the trolley will permit these to
be used to their fullest extent.
Transients Will Return.
The trolley appears likely to read
just the balance between the transient
and cottager element at the lake. The
hotels have suffered from lack of tran
sient business, but with easy and pleas
ant means of transportation, this will be
largely increased. This means an in
creasing local market for the products
of the region and undoubtedly both
within reach of the lake terminus and
all along the line beyond Hopkins there
will be an important impetus to set
tlement by market gardeners and fruit
growers who will find a market in Min
neapolis as well as in the increasing
summer population of the lake.
In the main, the tendency df subur
ban residence seems likjply to,be on the
south shore for tfee presentr as this is
the region 'of sm&ft' holdings and also
of small farming. ''The line of wealth
and aristocracy is largely being.drawn
between the north and south shore, altho
there is considerable intermingling and
overlapping. The 'communities on the1
north shore resemble strongly the life
at country places in the east, Ferndale
being a Newport or Bar Harbor, and
others finding their prototypes in east
One Suburban Village.
The most interesting and distinctive
community at the lake and one whose
organization might well serve as a model
for others, i
themade villagep owholly,
Beach. This is so far 1
Finest Pleasure Resort in the Northwest
EXCELSIOR -_ MINN.
Bowling, Billiards, Dancing and Convention Hall. Concerts afternoon and
evening during season. Steamers Excelsior and Helena owned and
operated in connection with Casino.
VIGTOR E. JONES, Agt. fc Su
Finest Assortment of Rods, Reels, Lines, Nets,
Hooks and Everything for Fishermen in Northwest
WRITE OR CALL FOR PARTICULARS TO?
I. Em BURT, Manager.
Lafayette club affords accommodation
for the frieuds of the residents and
the entertainment for these residents,
forming one of the b^est-managed and
most useful country clubs in this section
of the country. The club is a neighbor
hood affair and opens its door freely to
all residents of the communities having
access to it. It is the center of all
north shore social life that is not purely
For lesidents at other points on the
lake anv.if-ement is provided at the two
boat clubs, the casinos at Excelsior,
Tonka Bay and Spring Park and the
HOTEL AND CAFE
Hotel and furniture new and up-to-date.
Automobile parties given special attention.
Hotel and Cafe,
Hotel and Furniture New aid Up-to-date.
Automobile Parties Given Special Attention.
G0NET ISLAND HOTEL.
Under the Old Management WW Open
Write for terms-
"Colt" and that have recently ordered, are, Mr. Titus Mareck, Mr. 8. A.
Eeed, Mr. G. F. Haglin, Mr. Geo. W. Bestor, Mr. E. A. Hart, Mr. James Mar-
shall, Mr. Chas. Gluek, Mr. John Gluek, Mr. J. Eobitshek, Mr. F. B. Long,
Mr. John Nelson, Com. John B. Johnson.
The "Colt" is certainly the, beBt gas systemrequires no mantlespro-
duces a clear, steady, white lightno smoke, no odor, no danger. Approved
by Chicago board. Recommended by best architects in America.
The machine used in the very finest homes and in the largest
summer hotels in America is the "Colt," manufactured in
New York City. A few of the Minnetonka nsers of the
$8 and $10 Per Week.
B. ZEALOT, Prop.
Those two new modern homes, cor
ner Irving avenue and Twenty-fifth
street, with unobstructed view of
Lake of the Isles. Open from 2 to
Under Management of
MBS. J. ABEAM,
Now open for the season coolest
and finest location on the lake.
House new and modern. Write for
The Metrostyle Pianola.
Large Stock of MUBIC. jHanoId*tfor Heat
as its management is concerned, of citi
zens whose place of business is Minne
apolis but who own and control the
village in which they actually reside
only from four to six months. The
condition of the village is such that resi
dence in it is most desirable. Not long
since there was danger of an incursion
of an undesirable element. The village
was not long in acting rather than
have any property sold to parties who
would put up inferior buildings and
would not be pleasant neighbors, the
council promptly bought all the" unoc
cupied property in the village and is
holding it for park purposes. Should
one or two desirable purchasers seek
to acquire some of this property a sale
might be made, but unless there should
the village can afford to own the^ prop
erty and will keep the title to it and
improve it for park purposes.
The north shore does not want the
trolley nor, indeed, any access to town
that would attract transients. There
is neither hotel, boardinghouse nor pic
nic ground between Wayzata and Spring
Park. The residents would prefer to
have only the present railway service
to inviting crowds of sightseers. The
whole region is hedged about with bar
riers to the uninvited. Access by lake
is denied, for there are no public docks,
and the boats make few regular stops
on the north shore.
during the season. These are largely
attended by cottagers as well as by the
One of the curious points in Minne
tonka history affecting its present pleas
ures is that according to several old
residents there is no noticeable change
in the fishing. Some may be inclined
to dispute this and tell stories of won
derful catches in old days, but the
veteran fisherman knows how to get
good strings, and fishing is not the least
ot the attractions at the lake today.
LAKE HOTEL FLANS
Popular Minnetonka Resorts See a
Busy Season Ahead.
The Tonka Bay hotel will open for
the season June 20 with the bankers'
national convention, this being the sec
ond time this association has been at
the hotel. The grounds have been
beautified until it scarcely resembles
the place of former years Mr. Godfree
has been at the hotel the past week
superintending operations. Inquiries
have been numerous from all portions
of the south, especially from New Or
leans and St. Louis, and the season
promises to be lively.
Governor Frank Hanley of Tennessee,
a personal friend of Mr. Godfree, will
spend his vacation at the hotel with his
family. The National Bank Clubs as
sociation will be entertained at the
hotel and will hold its debate in the
hotel diningroom in August. Another
large gathering will be that of the
Merchant Tailors' exchange of Chicago,
the members of which to the number of
200 will be guests of the hotel one
week in July.
The Western Passenger association
has been invited to hold its convention
at the hotel in July and it is expected
it will accept. The best orchestra ob
tainable will be at the hotel and with
daily concerts and a number of vaude
ville shows at the hotel will be a feat-
hotels where many dances are given ure of the lake life appreciated by cot-
1905' I -SOCIETY.
vVA TER FRONT AND CASINO AT EXCELSIOR
N. W. Telephone18-2.
LEST YOU FORGET
I EXCELSIOR, HUN*.,
Have tho largest and most up-to-date %toek of
Hardware, Sporting Goods, Paint Oils, and Boat
Supplies ewer carried In ExooMor.
A complete new stock to select from*
Special attention given to
Builder*' Hardware mud rime Tools.
Estimates furnished on all kinds of Sheet Iron Work,
Tin Roofing, Eave Troughs and Quttersm
PRiOES ALWAYS 7ME LOWEST.
Joslin Bros. Leading Hardware Merchants Excelsior
GALL OR WRITE
If You Are Interested in
tagers as well as guests. Mrs. Godfree
will be the hostess at the hotel during
Mr. Reynolds, late of the National
hotel, will be chief clerk, and Louid
Garvey, well-known in the twin cities^
has been engaged as chef.
The Hotel del Otero promises to be
the center of activity for the upper
lake. This is one of the hotels thai
has never had a change in manage
nient and has always been truly pop
ular. The new pavilion at the grounds
adjacent to the hotel, 48x112 feet, anq
nearly completed.fiRminn shdjlu cmfp
facing the lake, is nearly completed.
It will have a commodious screened
porch 16x112 feet, there will be lunch
and checkrooms and a ladies' dress
ing room. The diningrooms will be.
open for the public and also will serve
to take care of the outflow from the.
hotel so that the regular' guests will
at no time be crowded. There will be
music each day and evening and a,
specialty will be made of caring for,
parties of fifteen to thirty couples,
who may make appointments for din?
ner at regular prices and will be per
mitted the floor for dancing with musie
without other charge, but by appoint*
Enioy Your Summer.
Now is the time to buy your waist
sets, belt pins and hat pins for outing
suit and have the latest novelties. Why
not have your clocks put in order while
you are at the lake? We call for and
deliver them when finished. Our stock
of silver and glass for June weddings is
the best in the ci,ty. White & Mae*
The Famous "North Star Limited"
Leaves Minneapolis daily at 7:45 p.m.
for Chicago via the Minneapolis & St.
Louis R. R. Solid train of Pullman,
Compartment Sleepers, Buffet Librar?
Car, Dining and free Teclining Chair
cars- Call on J. G. Rickel, City Ticket
Agent, 424 Nicollet Ave.
LAKE OR PORCH FURNITURE
#and want to see some exclusive designs, write or
telephone us and our representative will call with
photographs of our furniture and samples of do
mestic and imported fabrics, all for summer homes.
J. A. CLOW & CO.
Telephone 1332 L-l. Room 411710 Hicollet AY.
THE PIANOLA PIANO
Can be played from the keyboard in the ordinary way or can be played by meant
of a perforated mvsic roll. Can you afford to pass the summer without music
in your home? A
At the Pianola Department.
Copyright Photo by Sweet.