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H. W. BEGER BUILDING GETS The H. W. Beger Co. moved into its new building in 1932 New Life As Museum The Random Lake Historical Museum has found a new home at a site that has witnessed a large share of Random Lake history: the H. W. Beger Building in the 100 block of Carroll St. The Random Lake Area Historical Society purchased the H. W. Beger Building at the end of 2012. Plans call for it to house a coffee shop and senior center, as well as being the home of the society's museum. Early in the last century this part of Carroll St. was the site of the Random Lake Cooperative's elevator building. A spark caused one of Random Lake's most devastating fires on Sat., Aug. 29, 1931. Burned to the ground were the co-op elevator, feed mill and feed storehouse, the J.P. Altenhofen real estate office, the Dr. William M. Dettmann dental office and the H. W. Beger Co. warehouse. The H. W. Beger Co. store and Henry Paulin Harness Shop were damaged to such an extent that they could not be operated. Construction of the current 28 www.randomlake.org building followed the fire. The March 4, 1932 issue of the Random Lake Times reports: "The H. W. Beger Co. has moved into the new store building and the company is now ready to serve its patrons at the new quarters. The Beger company is getting ready for a big opening and 20th anniversary sale." Tragedy struck the Beger family that same year when Herman W. Beger died on Sept. 6, 1932. He was born in the Town of Fredonia on Sept. 13, 1881 and graduated from the Fillmore Grade School and the State Normal School at Oshkosh. After working as a teacher for eight years in 1911 he entered into a partnership with his sister, Miss Laura Beger, and purchased the general store from the Altenhofen Bros. Later his brother, Arthur, also became a partner (Miss Beger had died seven months before her brother). Herman W. Beger served on the Random Lake School Board and he was president of the Random Lake Manufacturing

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