In 1912, Oliver and Hilah Ayers came to the Wetaskiwin area from Arkansas, Wis., in a covered wagon. The couple was also the second family to homestead land in the Mulhurst Bay area, west of Wetaskiwin.
"The couple raised eight children on 160 acres, which comprised the homestead. "After the couple died, the land was passed on to two sisters, and then onto grandson Carl Brown, who stayed on the homestead until his death. "The property was then handed down to his sister Margaret Jaksitz, and her husband Carl, and their four daughters. "As kids growing up, we, as a family, loved to go camping. When our parents took over the Ayers farm, we all came to an agreement, and shook hands on what we would accomplish. We also agreed that the land would be one day our retirement," said Cindy Servatius.
"Some people in our little community didn't think we would be successful for what we were about to build. "Some would stop by as we worked outside to tell us we were crazy, and you will never make this into a campground, but then they didn't know us as a family. "We did something in 25 years that most families don't accomplish in a lifetime.
"Being around each other every day, for as many as 12 hours, had its ups and downs. "Our husbands would come help after working eight hours at their regular jobs, and on weekends, too," she recalled. Our equipment we had wasn't much to speak of," pointed out Servatius. "An old truck, a couple of axes, and some chainsaws. "We had an old mini-tractor with the saw in the front. As we took down trees, we used the mini-tractor to cut the trees into firewood. "It was hard work, but then we knew that in the end, it would be worth it. "Every day would be a labour of love, and our family retirement.
Margaret and Carl retired in 2007, and handed down the campground park business to their four daughters - Cindy Servatius, Darlene Sticklemeir, Bernice Chapman and Charlene Scherger.