This photograph of the Alpha Kappa Tau Alpha (A.K.TA.) club was taken at Clear Lake in the summer of 1908. The members have been identified by last name from top to bottom as Goodspeed, Johnson, Gallagher, Olsen, Turnacliff, and White. The A.K.T.A. club was started in 1907 when they took over the membership and assets of the boxing club called the Amateur Cap Tossing Association (A.C.T.A.). For the next four years the A.K.T.A. club would set up a tent and stove on the North Shore of Clear Lake and spend the week keeping up friendships, doing recreational activities from their high school days, and reminiscing about the joy they experienced camping as children. The week-long vacations continued until around 1911 when the members decided that their tent and cots would be kept up for the entire summer and the members would cross the lake by boat or hike to and from town to work, visit their families, and have their meals. In 1914 the club was able to lease land on the north shore and built a permanent home that members could use year-round. For the next 20 years or so, the members used the club house as a summer sanctuary. Many of the younger members would spend their recreational time at the club house fishing, swimming, and relaxing. Eventually the club house was used as a permanent summer home for various members and was the place annual reunions were held.
Photo courtesy of the Waseca County Historical Society. This summer, the WCHS will be open Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Residents are welcome to come and view current exhibits and the permanent Waseca County Timeline.