Pine Lake Waterpark
The story of Pine Lake begins with a farmer by the name of Levi Augsburger. He had no intentions of making a lake when he began to dig for sand in 1908. After several years of digging he had turned a flat field into a stone quarry. But soon all the fine quality sand had been hauled away, leaving only sand contaminated with dirt and clay. Digging for sand was halted and the sand pit began to fill up with water. Water came from the natural springs located on the floor of the sand quarry. In earlier years, the water was pumped out into a creek adjacent to the lake. The land between the lake and the creek eventually eroded and the creek water mixed with the lake water. That is why carp are present in the lake to this day. The land between the lake and creek was later filled in when swimmers started coming. Levi Augsburger, who could no longer dig for good sand, decided to put the quarry up for sale.
In 1918 Abraham Biberstein purchased the property. After sitting idle for several years, with the water level gradually rising higher and higher, Biberstein agreed to rent the land to two Berne businessmen by the name of Lawrence Yager and Clayton Smith around the year 1920. The land was rented for $150 to $200 per year. These two men did much to make the old sand pit into a genuine swimmin' hole. They built up the land which separated the lake from the nearby creek. Families interested in using the lake to go swimming could buy season tickets. Each family would have a small shack or cabana which they use beside the lake. Beberstein Lake, as it was then called, soon became a popular swimming hole. Evedently, Beberstein felt that Lawrence Yager and Clayton Smith were making too much money so he increased the rental price so much ($300/year) that Yager and Smith refused to run the operation. People still wanted to go swimming so Beberstein put barbed wire around the lake and closed the lake down. But this did not prevent the dedicated swimmers from coming. Beberstein then used more strastic measures. He poured oil on the water, he threw roles of fence into the water, and he cut off the tops of some of his pine trees and tossed them in too. These tactics kept out most of the daytime and the moonlight swimmers. With no air conditioners to cool them off at night, people chose the closest swimming hole. Beberstein made sure people realized that Pine Lake was no longer the closest swimming hole.
Eventually a rental price was agreed upon by Beberstein, Yager, and Smith, and people were swimming once more.