412 Lakes Chapter News: July-August 2017
Members of the 412 Lakes Chapter of the Minnesota Region
gathered on Monday, June 26 to honor longtime members Walt and
Sharon Lenius. Walt
and Sharon have decided that it is time to cut back on a number
of activities including their memberships in their car clubs.
The group met at Schultz Garage and
motorcaded to the Lenius residence where they picked up
Sharon and proceeded
to Curley’s on Cotton Lake for dinner.
Walt is considered the area expert on Studebakers.
He bought his first one in 1949. This was a green pickup
which had a price of $1510.00. As new
vehicles were very scarce at the time, Walt checked with
a number of
dealerships and the first several told him that there would be a
6 month wait.
The last dealer he checked with quoted the same price but added
that if Walt gave him a separate check for $200.00, he could
drive the pickup home that day. He did. Somehow, this was
brought to the attention of the Studebaker home office, who sent
Walt a $200.00 check with a note stating that “We don’t do
business that way.”
Currently, Walt and Sharon have 6 Studebakers, 3 pickups and 3
refers to one of the pickups as a “Woodebaker” as it has a
wooden cab that
Walt has designed and built himself. Some of
have been driven to
Crookston a couple of times for car shows and one of their
sedans was featured in the national Studebaker publication (and
reprinted in the Northern Lights) because it had been owned by
an elderly lady who had it for 50 years.
Walt and Sharon will be greatly missed by the club as Walt
served as the club
secretary for many years and a highly sought after item at the
club’s annual Pie Social and Auction was a basket containing
vegetables grown in the Lenius’ garden and a jar of Sharon’s
homemade jam. There were 26 members present for the evening.