Hometown USA

2016 Visitor's Guide

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40 www.randomlake.org When you say Ran- dom Lake, you could be referring to a village, or the 209-acre lake that's the center of town. But there's only one Ran- dom Lake on the United States map. Originally settled by hard working, hearty people who brought with them unshakable values and traditions, the community began to lay its roots in the mid 1800's. Growth followed almost immediately af- ter the completion of the Milwaukee & North- ern Railroad in 1872. Random Lake's post of- fice opened on Sept.16, 1872, and busi- nesses began to spring up in the "down- town" area. In August, 1907 the Village of Random Lake was incorporat- ed, separating from the Town of Sherman, and today it covers 1.6 square miles. Some of the earliest businesses included an ice compa- ny, a brewery, as well as several taverns/hotels. The first Wilk family store opened in 1880, with farm and build- ing supplies, and today shoppers can visit Wilk Furniture & Design in downtown Random Lake. The Doegnitz Hardware Store, which opened in 1908, continues with more than a century of family ownership and RANDOM LAKE James J. Miller 1/22/1924 - 12/28/1944 Army PFC Miller, who grew up on a farm west of Random Lake, served with the 9th Armored Division in World War II. He was killed in action in Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge. American Legion Post 145 of Random Lake bears his name We Honor a Hometown Hero Legion Tribute at Random Lake Union Cemetery

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