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Ten Mile Lake Association


Summer Edition, 2001



TMLA History Committee Solicits Family, Neighborhood Histories

by Tom Cox, for the History Committee: Willa Shonkwiler-Martin, Historian; Stan Benbrook, Don Buck, Sue Eikenberry, Deb Hamilton, Anne McGill, Ross Melgaard, Lorraine Stromquist, Larry Urbanski

Have you written your Family History for the Ten Mile Lake History Project? Family and Neighborhood Histories are a central focus of The History Committee's efforts to develop a book of Ten Mile history. In addition, the Committee solicits histories of clusters of families who have lived in lakeshore "neighborhoods," i.e., particular stretches of lake-shore that can be more or less well defined in terms of both geography and social interaction. Examples of "neighborhoods" might be the North Shore's Chariton Beach and Park Point and the South Shore's Fernhurst, Plainview Beach and Hillaway.

In the History Committee's files there are already a number of written family histories as well as oral histories on cassette tapes. However, many families are not yet chronicled, and there are few if any "neighborhood" chronicles. The Committee seeks your help. If your family has not already presented a family history, please think about writing up your family's Ten Mile story. If you already have a written account, you may want to update it. If you live in a cluster of families who have become close because of a common residence in a particular shoreline neighborhood, see if you can identify a neighbor who is willing to write about your neighborhood's development and social interaction over the years.

In writing family histories, please remember that the Committee is interested in your history as it relates to the Lake, rather than a chronicle of your family's entire life. Here are some of the questions you might want to cover in your account:

bulletWhen did your family first come to TML?
bulletHow did you happen to come to TML?
bulletDid you camp, rent, homestead, or purchase?
bulletWhat is the history of your lot, cabin or homestead?
bulletWhat impact did WWI, the Great Depression and/or WWII have on your Ten Mile experience?
bulletWhat significant relationships has your family had with other lake families?
bulletWhat has your relationship been to the Ten Mile Lake Association? (Officers, committees, etc.)
bulletWhat particularly strong memories do you or other family members have about activities and events on or about the Lake?
bulletDo you have pictures or clippings the committee can copy and possibly publish?

You may send your family or neighborhood history by mail to the History Committee, C/O Lorraine Stromquist, 4175 County 71NW, Hackensack, MN 56452, or by E-mail to Tom Cox at tcoxreston@aol.com.

Your help will be invaluable to the Committee as it seeks to create a chronicle that will be of special interest to all Ten Milers.

Click here to see the History Page on this web site.

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