History of Cedar Cliff
Cliff was built over three summers, most of the work
being done by a Winona carpenter named William Schuminski.
He finished his work on July 20 in 1931.
The land was originally
purchased from the US government by Nels Olson, a Swedish
farmer who came to Minnesota in the 1880s to join his
son Charles A. A. Nelson. Charles was a fisherman, one
of the first immingrant residents of Cook County and
the man who began what is now Lutsen Resort. The first
certificate of title for this property and much more
surrounding it, was issued in November of 1925 when
Charles, 61 years old, bought the land from his brothers.
who had this house built, bought the land from Charles
23 days after his title was registered. Miss Tearse,
who was 35 years old at the time, lived in Winona. We
have been told that she was a concert violinist and
that she had this house built for herself and her husband-to-be.
The story says that the engagement was broken by her
intended bridegroom and that the honeymoon she planned
here never happened. Miss Tearse owned Cedar cliff until
her death in 1944.