White Bear Lake Area Historical Society

White Bear Lake Area Historical Society The White Bear Lake Area Historical Society is proud to serve the communities of Birchwood, Dellwood, Mahtomedi, White Bear Lake & White Bear Township since 1970.
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St. Paul Winter Carnival hot air balloons on White Bear Lake.  A very cold January 26, 2013.Photo by Matt Todd.
01/26/2020

St. Paul Winter Carnival hot air balloons on White Bear Lake. A very cold January 26, 2013.

Photo by Matt Todd.

Dean's Ice Cream - Winter Carnival SpecialAd in January 25, 1962 White Bear Press
01/26/2020

Dean's Ice Cream - Winter Carnival Special
Ad in January 25, 1962 White Bear Press

On January 24, 1929 in the White Bear Press, the headline read: MAMMOTH STILL FOUND NEAR WHITE BEAR LAKE!Here's the arti...
01/25/2020

On January 24, 1929 in the White Bear Press, the headline read: MAMMOTH STILL FOUND NEAR WHITE BEAR LAKE!
Here's the article - the details are fascinating! Enjoy!
(If anyone knows the specific location of the Cardinal farm near Otter Lake, please let us know!)

If you're interested in the prohibition era, you might enjoy these two events coming up:

Wet or Dry? How Liquor Helped Shape White Bear
https://www.facebook.com/events/603630473797868/

Gangster Bus Tour
https://www.facebook.com/events/719287238574578/

White Bear High School Band at the St. Paul Winter CarnivalJanuary 23, 1964 - White Bear Press
01/24/2020

White Bear High School Band at the St. Paul Winter Carnival
January 23, 1964 - White Bear Press

And now for some cute news from the White Bear Press - January 22, 1925 ...
01/23/2020

And now for some cute news from the White Bear Press - January 22, 1925 ...

A coffee drinking robot at LeVasseur's.  January 22, 1959 - White Bear Press.  Did you see him?  :)WBL Pizza Man & The C...
01/22/2020

A coffee drinking robot at LeVasseur's. January 22, 1959 - White Bear Press. Did you see him? :)

WBL Pizza Man & The Corner Malt are at this location today. (4687 Bald Eagle Avenue, formerly 111)

Moving the Town Hall across the ice on Goose Lake.White Bear Life - January 21, 1910
01/22/2020

Moving the Town Hall across the ice on Goose Lake.
White Bear Life - January 21, 1910

Matoska Memories – As seen in the January 15, 2020 White Bear PressCulled from the archives of the White Bear Press at t...
01/21/2020

Matoska Memories – As seen in the January 15, 2020 White Bear Press
Culled from the archives of the White Bear Press at the resource library of the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society.

Photo: Interior of Sunset Bowling Alley, White Bear Lake, ca 1940

1920
A complimentary banquet will be given in the dining room of the White Bear Presbyterian church on Monday evening, January ninth. Between one and two hundred guests are expected, admission being by invitation. The banquet will be given by representatives of the General Board of Education of the Presbyterian church and at their expense.

1945
Fire was discovered in the Sunset Bowling alley Thursday at midnight when prompt response of firemen saved extensive damager or possible destruction. The fire was in a store room back of the pin-setters section in the extreme rear of the building, and was discovered by Keno Dybdal. As near as can be determined the origin of the fire was due to a cigarette being carelessly cast away, lodging behind several cartons of pins which were stored against the wall. The fire went up the wall and through the ceiling.

1970
Funeral services for William A. Patterson, 87, of 37 Lake Ave., were held Jan. 12 in the First Presbyterian Church, 501 Bloom Ave., White Bear Lake. Mr. Patterson, owner and operator of the W. A. Patterson Construction Co. until 1961, died in Mounds Park Hospital following an extended illness. Burial was in Union Cemetery. He is survived by his widow, Mildred, White Bear Lake; two daughters, Mrs. Allen Judd, of White Bear Lake, and Mrs. Kenneth Deans, Mahtomedi; one son, Wm., Jr., Roseville…

1995
A road turn-back deal between Ramsey County and the state will allow county officials to do something this spring they’ve wanted to for a long time: rebuild Highway 96. Construction on Highway 96 will begin when the weather warms up and extend through Minnesota’s “second season” until the first freeze of the fall. The first phase of the project will reconstruct the section of the highway between White Bear Parkway and Otter Lake Road in White Bear Lake.

Looking Forward to the Past - Upcoming Historical Society Events
Downtown White Bear Lake Then & Now, Part I
Monday, January 27th 6-7p.m. at the Ramsey County Library-WBL, 2150 2nd St.
Explore the buildings and scenes of downtown White Bear Lake that have changed and be surprised by so much that has remained the same! This illustrated program highlights many of White Bear’s popular businesses along Clark Avenue, Washington Avenue and a portion of Third Street.

FREE event but donations are welcome. Presented by the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society in partnership with the Ramsey County Library-White Bear Lake. 651-407-5327, www.whitebearhistory.org

Compiled by Gloria Tessier and Sara Hanson of the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society.

Bald Eagle news - January 19, 1940 - White Bear Press
01/20/2020

Bald Eagle news - January 19, 1940 - White Bear Press

January 18, 1914 - White Bear Life"At a largely attended meeting of representative’s men of the Parish of St. Mary’s of ...
01/19/2020

January 18, 1914 - White Bear Life
"At a largely attended meeting of representative’s men of the Parish of St. Mary’s of the Lake, held in the church on Sunday, January 18, a movement was set forth for the building of a Catholic school in White Bear. W. H. Jackson was elected temporary chairman of the meeting and Alfred J. Auger secretary. A motion was adopted to proceed with the erection of a parish school building…."

Photo: St. Mary's School, ca. 1920. The Original St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church to the right.

Who wants to go sliding?Toboggan slide at Clark and Lake Avenues.ca 1920s
01/18/2020

Who wants to go sliding?
Toboggan slide at Clark and Lake Avenues.
ca 1920s

From White Bear Life - 1913...The annual meeting of the White Bear Fire Department was held January 8th at 8:00 p.m. for...
01/18/2020

From White Bear Life - 1913...
The annual meeting of the White Bear Fire Department was held January 8th at 8:00 p.m. for election of officers of the ensuing year. Lunch and refreshments were served after the meeting and all had a good time and smoke. Following are the new members who were placed on the roll. L. H. Horton, F. Goheen, Paul St. Sauver, J. A. Long, Joe Mayor and Ray Haussner. Chief Brachvogel has issued an order that no one will receive pay for time put in at fires unless he is a member of the Department. So if you want to help and be paid for your service, join the Fire Department. It costs nothing…

Photo: White Bear Fire Department, 1929

Brrr! 1895 was no exception. As recorded by Harriet Fillebrown.
01/17/2020

Brrr! 1895 was no exception. As recorded by Harriet Fillebrown.

HOCKEY - Jan. 15th, 1914Game will start at 8:15 on the hockey rink, Webster School grounds.White Bear Life - January 9th...
01/16/2020

HOCKEY - Jan. 15th, 1914
Game will start at 8:15 on the hockey rink, Webster School grounds.
White Bear Life - January 9th, 1914

Skating party at the Daniels Farm, Gem Lake, ca 1929
01/15/2020

Skating party at the Daniels Farm, Gem Lake, ca 1929

King & Co. was located where Upsy-Daisy is today on 3rd Street in downtown WBL.  January 14, 1914 - White Bear Life  **J...
01/14/2020

King & Co. was located where Upsy-Daisy is today on 3rd Street in downtown WBL. January 14, 1914 - White Bear Life

**JOIN US FOR "Then & Now - Downtown White Bear Lake – Part I"
This illustrated program highlights many of White Bear’s popular businesses along Clark Avenue, Washington Avenue and a portion of Third Street.

Monday, January 27, 6pm
Ramsey County Library-White Bear Lake

Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/552372642239034/

Matoska Memories – As seen in the January 8, 2020 White Bear PressCulled from the archives of the White Bear Press at th...
01/14/2020

Matoska Memories – As seen in the January 8, 2020 White Bear Press
Culled from the archives of the White Bear Press at the resource library of the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society.

Photo: Ice Castles were constructed on the west side of Highway 61 between 2nd and 4th Streets in 1993 and 1994 as part of White Bear Lake’s Winterfest celebrations. Photo is from 1993.

1920
The Community “Home Coming” for our returned soldier under the auspices of The School Board and Co. K. assisted by the Ladies of the Red Cross was held in the Auditorium of the High School on Friday evening January 2nd, at eight o’clock. The building was brilliant with lights and the rooms presented a gay Holiday appearance, brightened by streamers, pennants, flags and festooned colors.

1945
A deal has been consummated whereby Hugh Hamilton sold his hardware business to F. N. Row of St. Paul. Mr. Hamilton has been in the hardware business in White Bear for 26 years, and has been very successful, carrying a good stock and at most reasonable prices. He has resided here for 40 years and was married to Miss Marie Hanson having their home at 27 Lake avenue.

1970
Police in White Bear Lake are working on a number of leads but have not as yet made any arrests of three gunmen who robbed St. Pius X Catholic Church, 3878 Highland Ave., about 1:20 p.m. just after services in the church had ended. Wearing ski masks and armed with hand guns they forced Father Filbin who had just finished a baptismal service, to open the church walk-in safe, scooped up collection baskets containing some $1,000 in cash and $4,000 in checks into a paper sack; then locked Father Filbin in the safe after they had taken his wallet which had $200 in it.

1995
Local organizers of White Bear Lake’s annual Winterfest celebration say they’ve given up on the idea of building an ice-castle this year. Cindy Burroughs, co-chair of the Winterfest committee, says lack of money forced organizers to decide against the castle.

Looking Forward to the Past - Upcoming Historical Society Events
Downtown White Bear Lake Then & Now, Part I
Monday, January 27th 6-7p.m. at the Ramsey County Library-WBL, 2150 2nd St.
Explore the buildings and scenes of downtown White Bear Lake that have changed and be surprised by so much that has remained the same! This illustrated program highlights many of White Bear’s popular businesses along Clark Avenue, Washington Avenue and a portion of Third Street.

FREE event but donations are welcome. Presented by the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society in partnership with the Ramsey County Library-White Bear Lake. 651-407-5327, www.whitebearhistory.org

Compiled by Gloria Tessier and Sara Hanson of the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society.

FREE Sleigh Rides at the King’s Horses Club – White Bear Press – January 12, 1940.Also known as The Silver Slipper and a...
01/13/2020

FREE Sleigh Rides at the King’s Horses Club – White Bear Press – January 12, 1940.

Also known as The Silver Slipper and at one time was one of several speakeasies in the area. Located on Warner Road in Mahtomedi.

Back to January 12, 1971.  The crank/prank phone call - a source of entertainment for some and annoyance for others back...
01/12/2020

Back to January 12, 1971. The crank/prank phone call - a source of entertainment for some and annoyance for others back in the day. :)

This week in White Bear Area History ... White Bear Press - January 12, 1971

"Ladies of the Lake hear about crank phone calls"

Ramsey County Plow Rescue, 1956For many years Ramsey County would provide plow services to create a design on frozen Whi...
01/12/2020

Ramsey County Plow Rescue, 1956
For many years Ramsey County would provide plow services to create a design on frozen White Bear Lake in preparation for the annual World's Original Ice Fishing Contest sponsored by the White Bear Rod & Gun Club for the St. Paul Winter Carnival. In 1956 the plow hit thin ice and had to be rescued.

Harvesting ice on White Bear Lake near Mahtomedi.ca. 1938
01/11/2020

Harvesting ice on White Bear Lake near Mahtomedi.
ca. 1938

East Shore Grocery now open for business in Mahtomedi!Carbone's is located in the building today.January 9, 1958 - White...
01/10/2020

East Shore Grocery now open for business in Mahtomedi!
Carbone's is located in the building today.

January 9, 1958 - White Bear Press

W.B. Mercantile Co. - January 8, 1909 - White Bear LifeHome of Cotroneo Wine & Spirits today!
01/09/2020

W.B. Mercantile Co. - January 8, 1909 - White Bear Life
Home of Cotroneo Wine & Spirits today!

Matoska Memories is a weekly feature in the White Bear Press that looks back at what was printed in the paper during eac...
01/08/2020

Matoska Memories is a weekly feature in the White Bear Press that looks back at what was printed in the paper during each week in history at 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago. We also share them here in this album for those who may not receive the paper.

Compiled by Gloria Tessier and Sara Hanson.

Yesterday, the WBLAHS was represented at the 2020 Summer Resource Fair!Have you made your group reservations for this ye...
01/08/2020

Yesterday, the WBLAHS was represented at the 2020 Summer Resource Fair!
Have you made your group reservations for this year? We have many options for tours and programs for groups of all sizes! You can view or download our brochures from our website: https://whitebearhistory.org/index.php/group-tours-programs/
We hope to hear from you soon!

Spending the day at 2020 Summer Resource Fair - come on out and see us from 10-3! #2020SRF

Happy New Year!  We're back!  Our open office hours at the WBL Armory are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays 10am - 1pm.Ou...
01/07/2020

Happy New Year! We're back! Our open office hours at the WBL Armory are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays 10am - 1pm.

Our Online Store is also open and ready with tickets, memberships, books, prints and T-shirts. Donations may also be made there as well. https://squareup.com/store/whitebearhistory

We look forward to seeing you in 2020!

Matoska Memories – As seen in the January 1, 2020 White Bear PressCulled from the archives of the White Bear Press at th...
01/07/2020

Matoska Memories – As seen in the January 1, 2020 White Bear Press
Culled from the archives of the White Bear Press at the resource library of the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society.

Photo: Santa Greets Children at Kohler’s Romance Ice Cream Parlor on Washington Avenue, ca. 1950

1919
Last Sunday during the Sunday school hour fire broke out under the floor of the Christian Science church said to be caused from some defect of the furnace. The alarm was turned in and quickly answered. Hand chemicals were used at first but the fire had too good a start and it took the truck chemicals to subdue the flames. The room was badly smoked and the end of the pews were somewhat scorched so that it will take two or three weeks to repair the damage. Services will be held in the I.O.O.F. Hall at the usual hour….

1944
The youngsters and oldsters too- are to have skating rinks! At a special meeting the council a few evenings ago ordered that four ice rinks be provided. They are located at Ramaley Park, Webster school, St. Mary’s school and the pond near the Markeson property on North Long avenue…Al Kohler is dolling up his Romance Café with paint, varnish and shine. The walls are of a delicate blue while the ceiling is a snowy white with plain but beautiful decorations. The work was done by Chris Engen…

1969
Kathy Waugh, a diminutive blond, just five feet and one, 95 pounds, had the ivy and rose crown placed on her head at the coronation December 18th naming her Queen of the SnoDaze for the festivities which culminated the December 10 to 20th annual event…..

1994
If a proposal for a package distribution site is approved, Mahtomedi will have more than 300 new full-time and part time jobs to be filled. The proposal was presented at the December 19th Mahtomedi city Council meeting by Roadway Package Systems Inc., a delivery service similar to United Postal Service. The plan calls for a large warehouse building with loading docks for deliveries and pick-ups, a fueling station and a one-staff garage for repairs. The site proposed is in the Northeast Metro Business Park, just north of I-694 and east of Highway 120….Central Bank has appointed Michelle Dunckel as its new loan originator in the Mortgage Banking Division at its White Bear office. Dunckel previously worked at MidAmerica Bank, Hudson, WI, as a mortgage loan officer…

Looking Forward to the Past - Upcoming Historical Society Events
Downtown White Bear Lake Then & Now, Part I
Monday, January 27th 6-7p.m. at the Ramsey County Library-WBL, 2150 2nd St.
Explore the buildings and scenes of downtown White Bear Lake that have changed and be surprised by so much that has remained the same! This illustrated program highlights many of White Bear’s popular businesses along Clark Avenue, Washington Avenue and a portion of Third Street.

FREE event but donations are welcome. Presented by the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society in partnership with the Ramsey County Library-White Bear Lake. 651-407-5327, www.whitebearhistory.org

Compiled by Gloria Tessier and Sara Hanson of the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society.

Matoska Memories – As seen in the December 25, 2019 White Bear PressCulled from the archives of the White Bear Press at ...
12/31/2019

Matoska Memories – As seen in the December 25, 2019 White Bear Press
Culled from the archives of the White Bear Press at the resource library of the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society.

Photo: Santa Claus on White Bear Fire Truck, ca 1948

1919
Last week a number of our businessmen boarded Bert Arcand’s Ford truck and braved the weather in an attempt by shoveling the snow out to open the road between here and St. Paul so as to make it reasonably safe for auto driving. They made considerable headway, did a good deal of hard work and had a lot of fun. For instance, it is said that the Asst. County Surveyor went out to encourage the workers and inform them that a snow plow had been ordered…

1944
A big crowd of little folks gathered Wednesday evening at the Soldiers Memorial in Washington Park to greet Santa Claus. He arrived on the big fire truck and proceeded at once to pass out the goodies…Henry Hoffman certainly is doing a big business in his fruit stock again this year. About two weeks ago he received a carload of oranges and grapefruit right from his Texas grove. They are beautiful specimens…

1969
Merry Christmas to All – Happy House – White Bear Shopping Center…

1994
Little Bar and Grill, 4150 Hoffman Road, New Year’s Eve Karaoke w/Izzy Caron, free champagne and party favors. 14oz T-Bone or 16 oz. sirloin - $12.95, includes soup or salad, potato or spaghetti, roll and butter. Chili Cook off – January 18th, watch for details…Vandals shot out an entrance to the White Bear Lake Area School District’s service center last week leaving both law enforcement authorities and district officials puzzled over a motive. School officials who were replacing the windows and panes last Wednesday, said they think the vandalism most like occurred the night of Sunday, December 11. Damage to the building was estimated at $1,200…

Looking Forward to the Past - Upcoming Historical Society Events
Downtown White Bear Lake Then & Now, Part I
Monday, January 27th 6-7p.m. at the Ramsey County Library-WBL, 2150 2nd St.
Explore the buildings and scenes of downtown White Bear Lake that have changed and be surprised by so much that has remained the same! This illustrated program highlights many of White Bear’s popular businesses along Clark Avenue, Washington Avenue and a portion of Third Street.

FREE event but donations are welcome. Presented by the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society in partnership with the Ramsey County Library-White Bear Lake. 651-407-5327, www.whitebearhistory.org

Compiled by Gloria Tessier and Sara Hanson of the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society.

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White Bear Lake, MN
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I have a couple pictures connected to the old Wildwood Amusement park. I would like to share.
Missing in your area please share
1930-Luncheon guests at the home of Consul E.H. Hobe, Bald Eagle lake, in honor of Captain Gerhard Folgero, who sailed from Norway to St. Paul on the vessel Roald Amundsen per MNHS 1982- Full home photo from MNHS
1969 Webster School PTA School Patrol Award letter of recipients.
Betty Wiegand and a friend taking a break from Sparks Beauty School Across 4th St is the 617 Lounge.
Left to right Ella Auger , Amy Auger, Clem (LaMotte) Auger, Henry Auger, Maurice Auger, Elmer LaMotte The dark haired of the two flower girls is listed as Blanche LaCasse The other flower girl is Norma (LaMotte) Chapeau - granddaughter of William and Margaret (Dannbacher) Schuhr
OK, White Bear Lake history buff's . Name the time, name the place, name the reason . If you are older than dirt you might know some of the Firefighters ! Let the challenge begin !🙂
This is a small portion of the Zeller prints my Husband and I have. They were given to him by his Mother who lived in White Bear much of her life. I hope you enjoy.
1940 arial view of White Bear Lake area from U ofM Borchert Library collection A larger version to navigate is at this link. http://geo.lib.umn.edu/ramsey_county/y1940/WO-1A-16.jpg See comment section below for the 1957 arial view from same collection http://geo.lib.umn.edu/Washington/y1957/CZ-4T-19.jpg
1939- Swimmers playing in the water at Sophie Wirth Camp in White Bear Lake. Camp Sophie Wirth operated from 1911-1943. It was founded and run by the St. Paul chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women. It offered low cost recreational and rest opportunities for immigrant women and their children. Per UofM online library https://umedia.lib.umn.edu/node/758226?mode=
1942 Bird Class. Mrs. Gus Swanson, Dorothy Shaw, Susan Wentling, Mrs. Walter J. Breckenridge, Patricia Ward, Mrs. Thomas S. Roberts, George Sorensen, Thomas S. Roberts, Russell M. Berthel, Betsy and Tommy Breckenridge in front. Decoration Day Party at the Berthel home on White Bear Lake per UofMN online library. https://umedia.lib.umn.edu/zoom/zoom.php
Photograph of two women and a man standing in a store, with two of them behind the counters. Back caption: "Greengard's(?). One of the first stores at White Bear Lake Minn." Per RCHS Pastperfect