edited March 2023, posted January 2023

by Gary Gauer

Lake Lillian Centennial
1923- 2023

What is being planned for the Lake Lillian Centennial Celebration :

It all begins on Saturday July 29 and wraps up on Sunday August 6, 2023

*Local Theater *Historical Displays *Photos and Videos *Music, *Dance Party
*Centennial Square Dedication *All School Reunion * PARADE
*Crafts *Cars *Tractors *Meals *Food *Games *Sports *Auctions *Fireworks

A detailed schedule sheet for all the events is being prepared.

Where is Lake Lillian, MN

What happened near the lake before 1923

 What happened in 1923

The first passenger train arrived in Lake Lillian, June 21,1923
pulled by engine number 146

What happened in the next 100 years

Change Continued to Happen


• The main street soon filled with businesses to serve the greater farming community with a creamery, an elevator, two hardware stores and two grocery stores with dry goods. The produce store sold chicks in the early spring, bought eggs and old hens. There was a fertilizer store, two lumber yards, a blacksmith as well as the town depot. A bank, two dealerships of cars, tractors, and farm machinery and about six repair shops added to the prosperity of the town. There was a hotel and a medical doctor as well as three restaurants, three gas stations, and three nearby rural churches plus three churches in town.

On the Farms

And in Town

Bill Johnson left and banker Ed Erickson far right are greeting 2 Ford Motor Reps.

Wm. R Johnson in his showroom with new 1938 Ford

Oct 1962 New lineup of 63 Fords with Otto Gauer on left and Wm R Johnson on far right

  • Now

    • Today a new main street with a bank, library, community center and fire department with city hall remain with a convenience store, a sports bar and one church. A post office, a trucking firm and real estate/ insurance services as well as a senior home and a funeral home presently provide needed services.

    • There was a weekly "Lake Lillian Crier" newspaper from 1949 to 1989. There is a monthly volunteer publication called the "Lake Lillian News" that continues now in its 31st year.

    It is a smaller community today, that still has volunteers to plan excellent annual Fun Days celebration and this year’s Centennial events.