Sesekinika has a great deal of history which dates back to the turn of the century. In the early days it was a thriving mining community with three mines- The Bennett, The Golden Summit and The Consolidated. There were two hotels.
When I first arrived with my parents in 1927 the gold rush was over. The centre of activity was the General Store, which continues to stand today. Previously, it had served as a summer residence for two of the original original families, the Codes and the Kingstons. Descendants of both families continue today as part time residents of Sesekinika Lake. The proprietor of the store, who continued in that role to the mid 50's, was Ole Olson. His store boasted not only a hand crank telephone, a Post Office, and a large ice house well supplied with sawdust. There was also an avid bridge player in Ole Olson himself.
Everyone loved and admired Ole Olson. The money from your purchase was kept largely in tin cans on the same shelves with a hand coffee grinder and the goods. A giant head of cheese shared floor space with a large stove in the centre of the store, a meeting place all winter long for the residents. It is said that no one in the village went hungry when Ole Olson was around.
The above article was written for the 1994 Sesekinika Lake Association Newsletter