Letter to the Editor
The Following letter came to our office and then the news of the passing of this strong supporter of the History of Lake Geneva and the surrounding area.
Edward T. Yaeger, 90, died July 23, 2017 peacefully at home in Lake Geneva, WI surrounded by his family. He was born in Chicago IL, May 2, 1927 to Clarence and Lillian Yaeger (nee) Gura. Ed was a graduate of Elgin High School, Elgin IL, class of 1945 and completed college coursework in engineering. After serving in the Coast Guard he was employed for at Elgin Water Softener Co. as a tool maker, foreman, and engineer. Ed also worked as an equipment designer in the inventing of new tools. Ed was one of those very rare ‘renaissance men,” in that he was a mechanical genius at so many things. Ed’s public service to Lake Geneva included two years as council president, and two terms as Alderman for District #3. He was on a major figure on seven commissions and six committees through the years. Ed was ardent in preserving the local history of the railroad that helped form for the character of Lake Geneva. He worked tirelessly so generations that come may someday enjoy the Sage Street Steam Engine Service Site as a historic setting, with the motto “Save Our City”. Edward is survived by his brother Robert Yaeger, Mesa, AZ, wife Nancy Yaeger, daughters Valeri Park, Dr. Eileen Yaeger and grandson Sabastian Yaeger. The entire staff of the Geneva Shore Report came to find that he was this wonderful brilliant man who would stop by just to say hello and brighten everyone’s day with his amazing smile and terrific personality.
This will satisfy the historic listing of what the coming of the railroad brought to Lake Geneva, and why it is considered the second major item contributing to the growth and development of our fair city. The first major item was beautiful Geneva Lake itself. We do hope that the promise to clean up the Sage St. Steam Engine Service Site will be kept.
Thank you. Save Our City
Ed Yaeger, local Lake Geneva resident and former alderperson – stall engine house with former track connections
P.S. This correspondence is authored by Save Our City friends, and all those who are sick and tired of inattention to the history of our fair city. Mr. Mayor, you are listed as CEO and it is your responsibility to either accept this initiative, or accept the consequences of your lack of action to this item at this time. There is reason to believe that if the present course is maintained that there are dire consequences involved for you and for possibly for key executives. This is your call to action. You can be a hero or you can be a zero. It is your choice. Godspeed. God save historic Lake Geneva.
RIP Ed Yaeger