"Yankee Lake: The History and The Legend" is the story of the Jurko's, a Romanian immigrant family, whose struggle to survive in America grew into a business that brought together a community.
Why do we look into our past?
For the nostalgic reliving of those good old days. To learn from our past tragedies and mistakes. For the inspiration and courage we receive from the stories of others overcoming adversities far worse than we could ever imagine facing.
I originally decided to take on this very personal project as a way to preserve my own family's history. But I soon realized that there was so much more to explore. This is not just the story of one family, but of an entire community's struggle through some of our nations most trying times of the past century: World War I, Prohibition, The Great Depression and World War II. “Yankee Lake: The History and The Legend” is a family's history, a community's history, and a real life story of the American dream.