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Oscar DallyThe Dally cabin at Crystal Lake in the 1920s.
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A plaque for Dolly (Dally) Several dozen residents from Crystal Lake gathered September 27, 1980 to dedicate a plaque to Oscar Dolly (correct spelling Dally) a life resident of the area and shop owner for 54 years. He died in 1977.
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Dally Street in BurnsvilleThe City named one of the streets near the location of his store, in honor of Oscar Dally.
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Oscar Dally behind his house in Burnsville.Oscar's store was very close to the roadway, with just enough room for roadside parking. The house is set back (it still exists in 2016.) The house was restored beautifully, an addition added to the rear, while preserving the as-built portion to the east.
late 1920s or 1930s.
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Oscar Dally plaque 2017Although his name is not spelled correctly on the sign, it marks the site of his popular store on Crystal Lake.
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Oscar Dally plaque 2017The plaque remembering Oscar Dally and his store can barely be seen behind the trees.
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Oscar Dally resort cabinPossibly this was first Dally living structure, later rented as resort cabin after 1293 house built. Date may say 1920.
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Dolly's Store was located at Crystal Lake.
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The Oscar Dally (Gordon-Van Tine) HouseKit home number 573,, first offered in 1916. Dally purchased (possibly 1923) this home in kit form. It was shipped by rail from Davenport Iowa to Rosemount. From there Oscar had it brought by ox-cart to the east end of Crystal Lake in Burnsville.
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Mrs. Oscar Dally dies1955 - the death of Mrs. Oscar Dally (Emma) is reported.
They moved to Crystal Lake where they operated a resort for the past 35 years. The 1930 census provides the following information:


Oscar A Dally Head M 44 Minnesota
Emma Dally Wife F 45 Minnesota
Frank W Dally Son M 19 Minnesota
Margaret Dally Daughter F 10 Minnesota
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Oscar Dally at Dolly's PlaceOscar Dally behind the counter of his store, "Dolly's Place" located at the east end of Crystal Lake. The store was colocated with the house and the "resort."
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Oscar Dally obituary by Dick DeurreApril 4, 1977
Dolly's Place is a small, neat old building nestled on Crystal Lake Road. When Mr. Dally started the business in 1923 it was a grocery store but now most of the sales are beer, pop and candy. The customers are from the Crystal Lake neighborhood and start buying at an early age. It is not unusual to see a three or four-year-old standing in front of the candy counter trying to decide what to spend his nickel or dime on. Dally was always a marvel, he'd stand there pa­tiently while the young customers would waver between picking a Bub's Daddy or a Marathon Bar.

The decision could take many minutes and involve several changes before becoming final. Many young custom­ers couldn’t even count their money and Mr. Dally would patiently explain what they owed. I noticed that many times he'd slip an extra goody into the bag of a favored young client. His patience was matched by his generosity.

The lure of Dolly's place is almost irresistible to Crystal Lake youngsters. This past winter our seven-year-old and his 10-year- old sister fastened on their cross country skis and took a two-mile trip across and back on Crystal Lake. Upon returning they said "It was cold but it was worth it to go to Dolly's."
Later that day their mother and I took a short tour on skis and quit early because the numbing cold drove us inside. Only then did we learn from WCCO that the wind chill was 40 degrees below.
Our kids have learned to row a boat and paddle a canoe at an earlier than normal age. Their main incentive for learning early was to enable them to go to Dolly’s Place by them­selves.
Oscar Dally was a remarkable man. After losing a leg in a railroad accident he moved to Crystal Lake in 1923. He and his wife started the business. She died in 1955. Since then he managed the place alone but had help from his daughter, Mrs. Al Kraft and his son Frank. Between them they created an institution that has served many generations ofCrystal Lakers. Oscar Dally, who died at 91, will be remembered fondly, by people who are less than 10 years old today,all their lives. We will all miss him.
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Oscar Dally remembered 1969A plaque is placed on the site of the Dolly's Store at Crystal Lake.
Correct spelling of the family name is Dally....
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Remembering Oscar 1980Long time Crystal Lake residents gathered to sip beer and pop and regate one another with stories of Oscar Dally, who died in 1978 at the age of 92. His store was built in 1923 and was a Burnsville landmark until two years ago Walt Strese purchased it and moved it to Rosemount.
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