Howard Lake History Book deadline extended

April 28, 2008

By Lynda Jensen

Who could forget the Dahlberg brothers of Howard Lake – Timber, Chuck, and Jim? The new history book certainly won’t, with a recap of the lives of these interesting ball players. To see a photo of Chuck Dahlberg with Grant Melinsky (Chuck is on the right), click here. To see Timber Dahlberg, click here.

All three were Orphans players. Prior to the May 3, 1998, season home-opener game for the Howard Lake Orphans, the American Legion Post 145 dedicated the new center field flagpole to the memory of the Dahlberg brothers, Timber, Chuck, and Jim. A plaque was also installed.

Chuck Dahlberg (shown at right) owned and operated the Model Eat Shoppe with his wife, Marjorie; and in 1970, they opened Char-Mar’s Landing on Howard Lake (where the Howard Lake Motel used to be,by Memorial Park.) Chuck passed away in 1987.

Jim Dahlberg, and his wife, Eleanor, were members of St. James Lutheran Church.

Of course, Timber Dahlberg is listed as one of the all-time greats in Minnesota ball history. He enlisted in the Marines just after Pearl Harbor.

After three years in the Northern League, he played five more years in the minors after the war, before coming home and playing for Rochester from 1951-54. During the 1952 season, he led the league with 18 home runs and 45 RBI.

More information needed for the book

The deadline for the History Book has been extended to Friday, May 9 for those who are interested in contributing copy; but you must call to ensure that whatever you are working on is accounted for in the book.

Items needed yet:

• a photo of the Dahlberg brothers together or playing ball. We need a picture of Jim.
• Any photos, preferably in the past 30 years, of the Presbyterian church and the Howard Lake Christian/Church of Christ.
• Information that would be helpful in assembling an article about the Lions (photos from the 70s and 80s would help).
• Any information that would help with an article about the Good Samaritan Center (photos from the past 30 year years, too.).
• Any assistance with an article on FFA for the last 30 years would be helpful. If you have any tips, call Lynda Jensen (320) 282-6558.

Please make contact now if you are holding a treasure or some information we need to know: call Lynda at (320) 282-6558, Stan Diers at (320) 543-2947, or Marilyn Ringold at (320) 543-3630.

Pre-orders will be taken of the new history book

The book will be sold during Good Neighbor Days for the following:

• Wire bound, soft cover books that will be available for $20 each ($25 with shipping and handling).

• Hard bound books for $35 each – but they will not be available until August, since it takes two months to do the binding. The committee will take your name, with payment and delivery being arranged in August. Shipping and handling will be added to hard bound copies if they need to be mailed.

This is a non-profit venture and all members of the committee are volunteers. The reason that the book price is set so low is due to a generous contribution from the City of Howard Lake to observe the city’s 130th anniversary celebration. The remainder of the book is being paid for by the Howard Lake Historical Society funds from previous fundraisers. There will also be a $100 donation to be given by the American Legion Post 145.

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