In 1890 a group of men - 20 from Missouri and 15 from Minneapolis - formed a club and coined the fitting name, Minnesouri. Its location, overlooking the waters of Lake Miltona, is lofty, but no loftier than its Articles of Incorporation.
“The general purpose,” so they read, “shall be the instruction and mutual improvement in the art of angling and the social culture and entertainment of its members.”
The men camped out until the clubhouse was built, with a living room, dining room and kitchen on the first floor and bedrooms above. The building still stands and is used for the same purpose today. The Club still operates to this day. The Club owns the grounds and the clubhouse, the 19 cottages by individuals. The Club has always been very family-oriented, with lots of socializing among the members. (Copy courtesy the book, And Then Came Summer)
There were two other clubs in the Alexandria (and scores of them throughout Minnesota). The Chicago Club was located on the west side of the Darling-Carlos Bridge and the Wick-I-Up Club, which catered to the Twin Cities crowd, was on Lake Ida.
Photographs provided by the Minnesouri Angling Club of Lake Miltona and the Douglas County Historical Society.