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Kathy's 111 Trackside Café at the Ran- dom Lake Historical Museum opened its doors on Dec. 7, 2013, and volunteers continue to staff the facility six days a week. This unique coffee shop provides needed revenue for the historical society. The Random Lake Area Historical So- ciety purchased the former H. W. Beger Building in the 100 block of Carroll St. at the end of 2012. More than a year was devoted to its reconstruction. The first public program in the museum took place on April 4, 2014 -- a salute to the neighboring community of Waubeka. The museum's grand opening took place on Sun., June 1, 2014. 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 el- evator, 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 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 com- pany 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." The spectacular 1931 fire caused other changes. The construction of a munici- pal water system and sewage treatment system in Random Lake was approved by a 237-44 referendum vote on March 3, 1936. The village received a $54,405 fed- eral grant for the project. The water sys- tem was activated on May 3, 1937, and there was an open house and dedication on Aug. 29, 1937. Many people still recall when this building housed Werner's Foods, which was operated by Harvey and Shirley Wer- ner. Most recently it housed the Random Lake Laundromat, Video City and Ran- dom Liquor Sales. The building has been vacant for a number of years, but now it's a busy place as the Random Lake Area Historical Society Museum. And don't forget to visit Kathy's 111 Trackside Café, which is open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Features Its Own Café Random Lake Historical Museum 54 www.randomlake.org

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