History Mystery - July 10, 2014
Pequot Lakes Chamber of Commerce records indicate that Bean Hole Days started in the fall of 1938. A group of Pequot Lakes businessmen got together and prepared the first bean feed as a thank you to area farmers for their support of local stores. Five men - Bill Hasbrouck, Chick Everhart, George Erickson, Bert Stanley and Oscar Gravdahl - prepared the beans under the direction of Doug Robideaux, a former logging camp cook and Pine River restaurant owner. The cast iron pot of beans was lowered into the hole where fires had burned to heat the rocks. According to Hasbrouck, everything was free. "It really was a big deal. We would have games and always there was a tug of war between local businessmen and the farmers. Usually the farmers won. We had big crowds." An estimated 500 people were served beans that September day in 1938. Shown here are two men preparing the beans 50 years later. Do you know who they are? Find the answer on page 9. Do you have a historical photo to submit for our History Mystery feature? Send it to Nancy Vogt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PHOTO COURTESY OF PEQUOT LAKES AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY