Thursday, December 27, 2007

The Cottagewood General Store as written by Carl Soelberg

General store booklet
What a wonderful little booklet carl wrote. It is the definited history of the general store, and a gathering of other facts about Cottage Wood.
I refer to it often.
What brought this to mind? A letter in a local paper about the Lake Minnetonka Historical Society, and their Halloween event in Excelsior. There was a mention of Carl's wife - Laura Soelberg- and the "Notorious woman of Cottagewoood". A whole variety of images arose including this event late this summme:
In a power sweep of crime, an actual Minnetonka Police Department swat team descended on Mrs. Soelberg's annual garage sale at her mother's home in Minnetonka (not in Deephaven,her residence) to shut it down. Minnetonka. The event was convered by the Minneapolis Tribune (incompletely).


Blogger Kay H said...

My great great grandfather left his Cottagewood home on Lake Minnetonka to his children, Ben Levy and Pauline Levy in 1924. I am seeking information on the actual site of this home as there are no survivors to reveal it.

7:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I have looked for your Grandfather name on some plats, but have not found it.

In 1965 as tornado swept across Cottagewood destroying 25 homes and damaging many more. This might have been its fate - many of the old homes are gone.

12:03 PM  

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