Black and white photograph of Dorothy Molter and Bill Berglund, ca. 1930s.

Dorothy Molter and Bill Berglund

Nebs (dog), Bill Berglund (original owner of the Isle of Pines Resort), and Dorothy Molter at Point Cabin, Isle of Pines, Knife Lake, Boundary Waters Canoe Area, ca. 1930s.

Black and white photograph of Dorothy Molter in a nurse’s uniform, ca. late 1920s.

Dorothy Molter in a nurse’s uniform

Dorothy Molter in a nurse’s uniform, ca. late 1920s.

Black and white photograph of Dorthy Molter in high school, ca. 1925.

Dorothy Molter in high school

Dorothy Molter’s high school graduation portrait, ca. 1925.

Black and white photograph of Dorothy Molter at her eighth grade graduation, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1920.

Dorothy Molter in eighth grade

Dorothy Molter at her eighth grade graduation, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1920.

Black and white photograph of Dorothy Molter as a toddler, Arnold, Pennsylvania, ca. 1909.

Dorothy Molter as a toddler

Dorothy Molter as a toddler, Arnold, Pennsylvania, ca. 1909.

Color image of Dorothy Molter at the door of her summer tent on Knife Lake, ca. 1985.

Dorothy Molter

Dorothy Molter at the door of her summer tent on Knife Lake, ca. 1985.

Molter, Dorothy (1907–1986)

Pennsylvania native Dorothy Molter spent over fifty years in Northern Minnesota, where she helped to run the Isle of Pines resort and provided nursing care for those in need. From the 1950s through the mid-1980s, she made batches of homemade root beer at her cabin on Knife Lake that drew thousands of tourists, anglers, and canoeists each summer and earned her the nickname “the Root Beer Lady.”

Black and white photograph of three girls in the Crookston Bread Club display baked goods and the recipes used to make them, 1920.

1920 Crookston Bread Club

Three girls in the Crookston Bread Club display baked goods and the recipes used to make them, 1920.

Color image of a memorial to Florence Klingensmith, 2017.

Memorial to Florence Klingensmith

A monument erected to Klingensmith’s memory in Oak Mound Cemetery (Oakport Township, Minnesota), April 2017. The monument was placed there by local 4-H groups in 2015. A replica of Klingensmith’s first plane, a monocoup named “Miss Fargo,” is at the top. Photograph by Kaci Johnson.

Black and white photograph of place wreckage from Florence Klingensmith’s fatal crash, 1933.

Florence Klingensmith’s 1933 crash

Wreckage of the Bee Gee Model Y Senior Sportster Klingensmith flew and crashed during the Phillip Tracy Race at the Chicago Air Races, 1933. The identification number on the plane, NR718Y, is just visible.

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