The Minikahda Club was founded November 11, 1898. Founders and charter officers were Martin Koon, William Edgar, Walter Tiffany, and Harry Thayer, among others. The name Minikahda is a combination of two Indian words meaning "by the side of" and "water." The emblem of the club is a shield carried by Swift Dog, a Dakota chief. The purpose of the club "shall be the conducting of a club or society for the purpose of social enjoyment, mental and physical culture, and the renting, leasing, building or otherwise acquiring and owning a club house." Activities of the club included tennis, golf, trap and skeet shooting, swimming and platform tennis. Some of the events held at Minikahda were the National Amateur Tournament in August 1927 and the Walker Cup tournament in August 1957. Robert Jones, Charles (Chick) Evans, and local player Patty Berg distinguished themselves at Minikahda golf events.
Description of the Collection
The collection includes a variety of items: anniversary books for 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th, and 75th anniversary celebrations, various papers on the history, players, and members of the club, list of officers, articles of incorporation, and membership rosters (1961-1971, 1988, 1992-1993) as well as earlier lists and other membership items. There are official programs for the Walker Cup and National Amateur Tourney. Other items include a visitors register (1899-1918), cashbook (1908-1910 and 1903-1905), general ledger (1902-1907), a photo album from the 1924 match at St. Charles Club in Winnipeg, and a Remembrance Book of World War II Dead. It also includes a good collection of photos as well as original layouts for the 75th anniversary book (1898-1973).
Located in SCMC periodicals are the periodical
Minikahda Club, October 1985 to the present, with some issues missing. In Map Case I, Drawer IV, the 1931 map showing properties owned by the Minikahda Club.
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