A lifetime on Ten Mile LakePublished 10:54am Wednesday, June 11, 2014 Updated 11:34am Wednesday, June 11, 2014
92-year-old at resort for another summer
Marjorie Kollbaum has never had trouble finding her way back to Ten Mile Lake Resort near Dalton.
The 92-year-old Iowa native has vacationed on the lake every summer since she was a little girl in the late 1920s.
With so much time spent with owner Mike Schultz, who is a fourth generation owner who grew up with Kollbaum and her family at the resort every summer, the line between customer and family has become close to non existent.
That’s what has brought Kollbaum back for so many years.
“It’s the people,” Kollbaum said, referencing the Schultz family and the other resorters who frequent the spot. “It’s just a nice family place to come to.”
Kollbaum first stayed in the resort cabins in the early 1940s, but was already a veteran of the lake from visiting relatives in Elbow Lake for so many year. Her parents visited before she was born, and her family has brought five generations to the lake.
This past weekend, more than 40 of her family members were at the resort for another summer, celebrating a family reunion. The family has members from nearby Elbow Lake, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Texas and even Germany.
While the number of family members has gone up and down over the years, one thing has stayed the same: the pride she has in her home away from home. Passing on the tradition to another generation has stayed important to her as she makes the trek every year. So has supporting a small, family owned business for so long.
“It makes you kind of proud that the kids, the younger generation, still likes it up here,” she said. “They all love to come up here.”
For Schultz and his wife, Linda, such loyal customers are important to their business. It’s the connection they have with their guests and their memories, however, that has become special.
“I don’t remember them ever not being here,” Schultz said with a laugh. “It’s really neat because people who haven’t stayed at a resort, they don’t know what they are missing. There aren’t a lot of resorts left anymore, so they don’t know. Every summer when we were kids, we’d get to look forward to them coming.”
The lake and the resort has certainly changed over the years Kollbaum has visited. Newer cabins have been built and new families have become summer friends. But no matter what is different, Kollbaum has kept her enthusiasm for staying at the resort. Saying goodbye at the end of another visit, she makes a simple promise she’s kept for most of her life:
“We’ll see you next year.”