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lcasure at Minnetonka WHS a party of
or a dozen yoisag men who made
their first camp in Uio summer of 1858
../on the Common's at Excelsior. They
went out by team said in the number
wore George A. Brackett. Clinton Morri
son, Wells Gardner, W. W. McNair,
and JEugene Wilson. This same group
:.of vbung men with other of their as
sociates, men and women, were frequent
,visitors to Excelsior summer a*n'd winter
in the years before the war and Gal-
."pin's hotel in the village was the scene
of manv memorable social gatherings.
The lake was also reached bv driving
"to Minnetonka Mills and taking boats
at the outlet for lake points, and this
was a favorite lake excursion. Minue
tonka was provided with a steamboat
earlv in its history by the enterprising
Cleric, Rev. Charles Galpin. This was
built in If 55, and was christened the
"Governor Ramsey in honor of the gov
ernor, who was present at the launching.
The boat was crude, but performed vai
liable service in moving freight as well
*as passengers until 18(32, when she sank
.-.in a storm. Other boats of the picnic
stage of the lake were the &ue Gardner,
the Mary, the May Queen, the Hattie
May, and the Katie May, whose name
"was afterwards changed to the Saucy
Kate. Some of these boats still remain
_- at the lake under various changes of
jappearance and of name.
The era of the tourist "was signalized
'--by the building of Hotel St. Louis bv
Pir Charles Gibson and of Lake Park
hotel by Seeley and Griswold iiv 1879,
large hotels that were genuinely attrac
tive when fresh and new, and well man
and thronged with gav crowds
--coming and going by boat. Hotel Har
1883 marked the extreme development
of this period for the hotel was never
I used to its full capacity.
A necessary adjunct to these hotels
and the crowd of smaller ones at Excel
sior, Wayzata and Chapman's, was a
large fleet of steamers, which was pro-
\*ided in the Belle of Minnetonka, the
City of St. Louis, great river side
wheelers, and a large number of boats
dwindling off in size to the -smallest
that could carry a boiler.
An important feature in the develop
ment of the lake, both as a resort for
Beautiful three-piece Parlor Suit,
mahogany linish. assorted coverings of
heavy velour. Persian Art Rug. rever
sible, elegant designs and colors. One
pair of handsome Lace Curtains in va
rious effects, durable and washable
mahogany finish Center Table, highly
polished elegant Picture, gilt frame,
many subjects from which to select.
Fine Parlor Lamp, assorted decora
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"Minnetonka First a Camping=Out and Picnic Place,
Developed in a Few Years Into a Fashionable
Watering PlaceSome of the Pioneers Who Aided
In Its Development.
Probably about tOie first campers for
row in Shady Isle,' was built in 1880,1 lived within rowing distance of that
"and was a favorite for years with south
erners. The completion of Hotel La
..jfayette bv the Great Northern1
road in
?J '4
WM% Saturday jfevening^
transients and a residence for cottagers,
has been the clubs. The first yacht club,
the Minnetonka, was organized in 1881
with George A. Brackett as commo
dore. Mr. Brackett being a fresh-water
sailor, had a mortifying experience with
the boat he bought the first year, but
in 1882 he got a fine boat from Brooks
of New Haven, the Ida, which hung
his cottage with thirty or forty pen
nants and won several cups before
yielding to T. B. Jannev's Atlanta. Mr.
Brackett was followed as commodore
by E. J. Phelps and W. H. Dunwoody.
After a roving existence for a few
years, the club built the pretty weather
beaten island clubhouse which is still
one of the most attractive features of
the lake, and will be the home this
summer of the Minnetonka club, which
is a union of the old club with a newer
ice yacht club, whose home was burned.
The earliest club at the lake was an
exclusive affair, the Breezy Point club,
organized in 1879, which built a cot
tage home for its members on the
point. This has be"n retained by the
club unHl within two or three years,
and is now the propertv of one of the
original members, Cnailes B. Eustis. The
other members ol the ciub were George
W. Eustis, George Libby, Henry Whit
more, Getrge Moiri&on, Henry Elliott
ctrio Eugene* Wilson.
Ctisco club, on Casco Point, was of
a I liferent type ano was a community
of St. Louis and St. Paul people who
built cottages and had their meals at
a common diningroom. For a number
of years this was one of the liveliest
places on the lake.
Owing to the fact that the railroad
touched only at Wayzata for a period
from 1867 to 1880, the earliest cottagers
point, along the shores of Wayzata Bay,
Breezy Point, Ferndale and Browns
Bay. The other colonies came with the
roads as they were built. There were
a few private summer cottages at Ex
celsior that antedated the railroad, but
not many, the considerable number of
buildings there for summer use being
boardinghouses, large and small.
Fairview was the first of the summer
colonies between Hotel St. Louis and
Excelsior, and a few cottages there date
back nearly thirty years. Lake Park
became the center of quite a large num
ber of cottagers and the first residents
had families of young people, so this
was one of the gayest points on the
Four-Room Cottage
Heavy Iron Bed. woven iron wire
spring, fine woven. One 40-pound mat
tress good tick, product of our own
work shops. Two Feather Pillows,
extra heavy ticking. One large size
Comforter, assorted colors. One hand
some Dresser, French bevel plate mir
ror. One solid oak Cane Seat Chair,
brace arm. One solid Oak Rocker,
strong and durable. One pair of.Lace.
Curtains. Twenty yards of China
lake when
nett, Judge Shaw,
George Shuman built cottages that were
among the chief lake homes.
George W. Brackett was the first
summer resident of Orono, then known
as Starvation Point, where he built a
cottage for himself in 1881 and two
others later. W. W. Huntington was
the pioneer at Minnetonka Beach, but
when the railroad was built this point
filled up rapidly and was a popular spot
with cottagers at an early date. On the
upper lake some of the earlier resi
dents outside of the Casco club were
R. J. Mendenhall, W. Pomeroy, the
Welds at Mound, Commodore Zimmer
man, A. M. Keith, E. A. Merrill, P. B.
Christian and Silas Overmire.
Continued from Page Sixteen.
Halsted 's bay and the main lake. He
has absorbed the Mass, two Schmidt
farms, the Hermitage property and part
of the E. F. Pabody land. The estate
includes over 300 acres with a tremen
dous shore line. North of the Loring
tract was the J. S. Kearney property,
including Hardscrafoble point, which
was bought by the Minnetonka Sana
torium company to establish, on the
tract of about 100 acres, ResthaVen-on
Minnetonka. Altho this property is not
extraordinarily large in extent its shore
line is tremendous, owing to its fac
ing on Halsted's bay, Priest's bay and
Cook's bay,-as well as the main lake.
A short distance along the shore the
Baptist Summer assembly with cottages
built by some of its members, takes up
long stretch of lake facing. Then
come the hotels and park and'Vottages
rtmans Lak Cottage
Four-Room Cottage Furnished Complete for $75.50This offer is especially made for the benefit of those Twho antici-
pate taking cottages at the lakes for the summer. The furnishings are neat and substantial, and while we know it sounds al-
most beyond belief, we know it is a sensational offer, but we do as we claim. We never misrepresent, and in order to prove
our sincerity, can tell you just what we-give. This is a golden opportunity for those who are perplexed about how to furnish
their lake cottage comfortably at a small cost. Remember, our credit terms extend everywhere.
One solid oak Extension Table, nice
ly polished, well made. Six solid oak
cane seat Chairs, brace arms, well fin
ished, thoroughly dependable. One
elegant fruit picture, large size, in
gold or black frame. One handsome
art. reversible Rug, thousands to se
lect from in various shades and colors.
General Rosser, Dr. Ben-1 at Mound, occupving a long shore line.
Mr. Thurber and Qrj
Bay min
On the south side, between Maple
wood and around the line of Robinson's
Bay and Bay St. Louis, the shore has
been bought by large property holders
for .permanent ownership.
On the St. Louis Bay is the famous
old. Gibson estate, Northome, including
the site of the hotel-. This has been
divided up to some extent, the Gibsons
still holding some property, however,
which will be sold thru' Nickels &
Smith, the agents of the estate.
Willis Walker owns the point oppo
site the clubhouse, running back 500
feet. Adjoining him is Harry W. Jones
with 110 feet of shoreline. Mrs. Sarah
M. Knight owns the^'edjoining 110 feet
and is building a Hojne. Will Marsh
has 117 feet next and his built a home
Outing Suits
Outing Caps
One large, reliable Gasolene Stove,
three burner. One double Russia iron
Oven. One Kitchen Table. Two Kitch
en Chairs. One complete set of Kitchen
Utensils, including wash boiler, tea
kettle, coffee pot and all necessary ar
ticles of the kitchen.
Any of these kitchen goods to be sold
separately if desired.
5 At BARNABY'S you will find a splendid assort
Outing Sweaters
Outing Jackets
Belts, Shirts
Bathing Suits
Outing Waists
Outing Sweaters' I
Outing Jackets
Golf Jackets^
Belts, Neckwear
--"Bathing Suits
E G^BARNAB (fclfeo^
*5 400-402-404 snNICdLLlf AVE. S
Minnetonka Beach, -just beyond the
narrows in the lower lake and on the
north shore, has a boom on, and the
shoreline has been pretty well taken
up. The popularity of this point has
forced the buying" and locating over
into Crystal Bay. George Bestor has
bought lately twenty acres between
Crystal and Maxwell Bays, and Thomas
H. Shevlin has acquired 160 acres on
the north shore of Crystal Bay, includ
ing the J. J. Hill property. W. H. Dun
woody has established the next big es
tate north of Brown's Bay, including
over 200 acres of land with part of
Minnetonka Bluffs. The next lot of
shore line on Brown and Wayzata Bays
has been absorbed by the Ferndale pop
ulation. The Highci'oft and the Bovey
properties lie here, as well as the Chris
tian, Hardenburgh, Porter, Semple,
Phelps, Northup and Bell estates. J.
S. Bell has just added to his holdings
thirty-three acres belonging formerly
to J.' S. Tuttle. He paid $35,000. The
towns of Wayzata and New Wayzata,
already well settled occupy almost the
entire Wayzata Bay shore.
Copyright Photo by Sweet.
constantly on hand,
May 13, 19U5.
this winter. Then comes 800 feet
owned by the Gibsons, and the Chute
brothers have bought 500 feet next in
the shoreline. Dr. F. A. Dunsmoor.
holds the adjoining seventy-five feet
and Mrs. Sarah Passmore seventy-five
feet more. Russell M. Bennett, owning
the site of the old Northome man
sion, has acquired 800 feet of shore,
and the Aeolian point, lying next, with
1,000 feet of waterfront, belongs to the
Robinson's Bay Colony.
On Robinson's bay T. B. Janney has
established a large summer home, with
immense grounds surrounding. He along with easier financial conditions,
bought eighty feet of shore in 1904 and ae
has built a home. He has also acquired
Promptly Executed.
Headquarters in Minneapolis for
Field Glasses and Automobile
iflffliilBlllr^ftiiiiifctirtiy IT
When You
Lake Service
We have inaugurated a ttaoro sys
tem of collection and delivery for
the accommodation of lake dwellers.
We collect on the north shore on
Monday, on the south shore on
Tuesday, and deliver on Friday and
Saturday. This brings the same ac
commodations from the best
equipped laundry in the city to your
door at the lake, as well as in the
Our superior equipment enables
us to offer you unequaled laundry
work at no greater cost than in
ferior. For a trial,
Next Monday, Call
N. W 621-J or T. C. 120.
120-122 First Ave. North,
.Minneapolis, Minn.
_ The Journal is delivered into i
more Minneapolis homes than any
O other paper. That is why it ive
the best results to advertisers. It i
pays best.
The Journal goes into more Min
neapolis homes'than any
par, consequently the best5
wan ad
meaium. Only lc a word."
front lots increases, more wort- will be
Heavy Holdings Breaking TJp.
Some of the acres facing the lake
are still held by original owners or by
recent purchasers, who erpect to sell
off in small lots at a good profit. George
D. Dayton has some land near Way
zata, but has turned a large amount of
it over to the members of the Wiscon
sin syndicate, which is dealing largely
also in Minneapolis real estate. H. M.
Carpenter has a considerable, estate at
the east end of Wayzata bay and on
Gray's lake, which will likely come
on the market in time. The Gibsons
still have in the hands of Nickels &
bmith a very large tract running
straight to the lake from Chowens
corners. This includes nearly all of
the old property on Bay St. Louis, the
big hotel and part of its grounds, as
well as that portion of Northome and
Roswell Park which has not been par
celed out. This is particularly suitable
for large estates. Samuel Gale owns
a good deal of land facing Carson's
bay and running from Cresthaven to
the Cottagewood station. In Excelsior
proper and towards Christmas lake
there are good opportunities to buy
land. Edmund G. Walton is agent for
the Cresthaven site, which is on the
market and may be cut up, but this
is particularly desirable for division
into large tracts. The improvements
are so good, especially as to shore line
embankments and docks, that about
$50,000 is asked.
A feature of the Minnetonka market
is the fact that the demand for lots is
for the first time in the history of the
lake, stronger than the rental demand.
The season is a little slow yet as to
weather, fqr early activity in rentals,
but it is expected that the supply will
not be sufficient. That has been the
usual state of affairs in the last few
years, as the fad for spending summers
at the lake has grown on the people
ten acres in the rear and some of the As often happens when the owners
Guild estate. The last 1,000 feet hejof places along the lake shore take
has disposed of to permanent residents, trips abroad during the summer, or to
however. These are H^M. Hill, N. 1 other pleasure resorts some of the best
houses on the lake will be for rent. This
Hawley and W. K. Morison. These
three pieces make large estates and
will be permanent holdings, on which
each purchaser will probably build for
The Gibson estate, on Bay St. Louis,
Robinson's bay and the main lake,
was originally 400 acres, with about a
mile of shore line and bounded by a
line running from Chowen's corners, at
the junction of Lake street and the
Excelsior road, around and down to the
The next two large estates are Crest
haven, with a tremendous shore line
on both Carson's bay and on the large
lake, and Katahdin, on the big lake.
This running sketch of- large hold
ings on Lake Minnetonka, without ref
erence to the' pre-emption of great
stretches of the shore line by the nu
merous cottage owners whose homes go
to make up the different lakeside set
tlements, will show that the future
movement must be in lands lying on
the big bays off the lake, or back
inland. The county commissioners are
beginning to expend money for open
ing of the old channels leading into
the bay, and as the demand for bay-
Cottages for Rent.
supplies a demand from persons who are
able to pay the high prides asked for
a season's occupancy, and who do not
wish to buy. Last year Cresthaven, for
instance, was rented for $1,000, and this
year the Anthony Kelly place on the
Beach is open for rental at $500, thru
David P. Jones & Co. This gives a
gauge of the prices for the better es
tates. Cottage prices range from $100
up, according to size, finish, conven
iences and distances from the shore and
the pa|t of the lake which they face.
OneflSf the interesting developments
ot the last season was the throwing on
the market of a fine district on the up
per lake for an exclusive class of pur
chasers. This was the sale of half of
Phelps island to Thorpe Brothers, who
with the other owners, E. C. Warner and
CT. t. Piper, have spent the winter clean
ing out the dead timber and the under
brush and laying out plats and roads.
The park has about 550 acres availrble
for residences with something like five
miles of shore line. Jn some parts the
island rises in height to" 125 feet above
the water, and it is an ideal spot. Some-
thing like $30,000 has been spent al-^
ready preparing the lota for the
H. P. Newhall owns an addition near
Excelsior and Sheldon Park, which cov
ers about eight acres, and has 400 feet
of shore line. A large sum of money
has been spent in putting this in shape
by the planting of trees and the in
stallation of other improvements.
Improvements Mean Much.
Wallace Davis, of David P. Jones &
Co., reports that the demand for lake
property has been growing steadily for
years and is greater now than ever be
fore. James B. Sloane, of Lauderdale
Company & Sloane, says the building
of the electric line this year will give
a great impetus to the safe of lands and
to building along the south shore es
pecially, and all over the lake. He
believes that it will increase the num
ber who will live at the lake the
year thru. Samuel C. Gale is one of
tho lake enthusiasts. He says that not
in vears has he seen so many beautiful
additions to the lake as have gone up
during the fall and winter and are now
in prospect. This pertains particularly
to building. Much of his land lies
near the Hotel Keewaydin, whose pro
prietor has bought additional property
in front of the hotel and is building
a casino on it. He lavs much stress on
the importance of the work of the coun
ty commissioners in removing many
weeds from the bays, where they have
grown up, thru contract with Commo
dore J. R. Johnson. This action will
throw open for settlement large tracts
which have been undesirable because
they faced bayous.
B. C. Torelle, of Excelsior, reports
that the decision of the street railwav
people to build a trolley line to the
lake has induced manv persons to buy
acres, on which they plan to spend
the winters as well as
theupper summers.elak
George H. Milleer also reports a large
call? meT
has sold
for acreage propertv. All custo- wno
i i-
aske for acrese rather than
Meet the demand for honest simplicity in woveu fabric and
just the thinj? for summer homes, porches, dens, etc.
The Thread and Thrum productions come in a variety of
colors, enabling the carrying out of color schemes,
matching wall hangings, upholstery, etc.
RUGS of the following sizes in stock:
2-6x5 $3.25
3 x6 $4.50
Special orders taken for any size desired
TABLE COVERS in two sizes:
30x30 $1.50 I 45x45
China and Japan Mattings
ear th Lafavett
club he finds demand also. Persons
who wish to avoid the gaiety of the
more thickly settled spots are 'inquiring
for upper lake spots, so that the demand
is prettv well divided as to situation.
Mr. Miller believes that this season
will see more building and more trans
fers of property than any previous
General investigation shows that
land values have gone up nearly 50
per cent this season. The advance is
due largely to the transportation im
provements under way, as well as in
part to the steadilv natural growing
demand as the people become educated
to semi-country life for the summer.
Property runs from $5 to $50 a foot
and up, as the location has more su
perior advantages of natural position
and of neighborhood.
In Excelsior the advance is marked.
Large prices are asked for cottages
and business buildings are going up to
supply the increased wants of the vil
lagers, as the old metropolis of tho
lake assumes grand and corpulent airs.
A notable feature of the lake season's
trade is the general call for lots and
cottages for rent. It is not restricted
to neighborhoods as much as usual, and
it pertains to all sections of the shores
of both lakes.
For Your Summer Home
Threa dan Thru Productions
4x7 $7.00
6x9 $13.50
PILLOWSA beautiful assortment, 100 different styles,
at $2.00 each.
PORTIERESThese we have in two grades. $6.00 and
$12.75 a pair.
COUCH COVERS-To match portieres, at $4.25 each.
Hodge's Hofi Fibre Rugs
We cannot recommend these Rugs too highly for summer
cottages. They come in regular r,ug sizes, and most
beautifuL patterns and colorings to suit particular
2(5x45 $1.25 6 x9 $7.50
36x72 $2.50 7-6x10-6 $10.00
4 x7 $3.75 I 9 xl2 $12.50
We are showing a most complete line of these goods, includ
ing many beautiful novelties. The prices range from
15c to 75c per yard.
Ruffled Curtains
About 100 different styles, ranging from 75c to $5.00 per
Cretonnes and Art Muslins
We carry an immense line of these goods. The colors and
patterns are right, vou will say, on seeing them. Prices,
15cr 20c, 25c, 30c, 45c, 50c, 75c and $1.00 ye
Landscape Architect
Avenue and Tenth Street So. X2S~t:

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