Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Living History Walk at Riverside Cemetery


August 22, 2019

It is said that there is a lot of history buried in the cemetery.

Hear some of that history on Saturday, August 24, at 1 p.m. as six actors portraying notables from Moose Lake’s past stand next to their grave markers and tell about their role in building the community. The walk will be held at Riverside Cemetery, located just north of Moose Lake on Highway 61. The cost to participate is $10. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at the Soo Line Event Center, near the Soo Line Depot on Folz Boulevard.

Hear as H. K. (Jeff) Lower (portrayed by Dan Reed) tell how he came to Moose Lake in 1896 and, in the years that he lived in the community, purchased a livery stable, a saloon, a restaurant, a pop bottling plant, made Norwegian row boats, lawn furniture, started the Stand Theater (in 1919), and had a garage when cars were becoming more prevalent.

C. J. Dodge (portrayed by Dan Doty), was the attorney who came to Moose Lake in 1901 and opened a law office. In addition to his law practice, Dodge also got into the lumber business. Dodge served on the school board and was one of the board members that approved the application to add a high school in 1909.

Cornelius McCabe (portrayed by Byron Kuster), was one of the founding fathers of Moose Lake in 1882. He built a store building and operated a general merchandise business out of the store. He donated land to the city for a park and was serving on the city council when the village of Moose Lake was incorporated in 1889. He also built a sawmill on the west shore of Moosehead Lake that year, and he also served as a banker.

Dave Anderson (portrayed by Howard Eskuri), was a historian and author of Moose Lake Area History, Vol. 1. Anderson once owned the property where the new school is located. He was also a builder of log cabins and homes and log furniture. He was active in the community and area, serving on many boards, and helped start the rural telephone system. He was one of the founders of the Moose Lake Area Historical Society.

Pearl Gay (portrayed by Diane Olson) came to Moose Lake with her family when the Lake Superior-Mississippi Railroad was being built. Pearl went to business school after she gradated from high school, then returned to Moose Lake to help start up the Gay Lumber Company. She also worked at the post office for many years.

Nora Nilsen (portrayed by Kris Lyons), who taught school in Moose Lake from 1905 to 1907. She later was asked to fill her father’s role as superintendent of schools in Carlton County, a position that she held for 21 years. She visited each of the 43 schools in the county at least twice a year. She helped to secure a county nurse for the children and encouraged them to participate in the county fair.

Refreshments will be served after the walk.


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