As a member of the Bonduel
Community Archives (BCA for short) for several years
now, I thought I would do a web page explaining a little about the group and
their holdings -- this is by no means an official page for the BCA -- just
my attempt at some free advertisement for a group of GREAT, HARD-WORKING
VOLUNTEERS. This Archive could possibly be one of Shawano County's
BEST KEPT SECRETS!!!
A few months back, I
received an email from a gentleman in Green Bay looking for some "local
history" regarding the Bonduel Hotel. Oliver Griese is the son of one
of the former owners, Charles Griese.
The following information
was graciously researched by Bev Fink and the Bonduel Community Archives --
one of the many PERKS of being a BCA member is receiving a copy of their
newsletter "The Historian". This newsletter is a real gem -- it covers
local businesses, local folks and loaded with great historical &
genealogical information, including the following data on the Bonduel Hotel.
BCA "The Historian"
VOLUME 4 NUMBER 3 -
GUST MARTIN HOTEL (The Bonduel House -
Gust Martin Prop, Bar
room in connection.)
In 1877 Louis Bocher built a tavern with a second
floor dance hall. He later added on, making it a hotel as well. This
hotel was later owned by Kilen, Lemberg, Strahlow and then sold to
The purchase of this hotel by Gust Martin took
place in 1901 and he operated it for 25 years. His hotel was one of
the most successful small town hotel businesses in the state and was
well known by tourists.
Located at the corner of Green Bay St. and
Appleton Street (Cecil St.), the Gust Martin hotel occupied a prime
location. Through the early 1900's, this hotel catered to the many
traveling salesmen who came in on the train and were transported by
the Otto Brusewitz dray and livery operation into Bonduel. Those
traveling through Bonduel on horse, or horse and carriage, and later
automobile also quickly took note of this strategically located
hotel and its fine service.
In the summer of 1909, Gust built a large brick
barn behind the hotel, large enough to accommodate 60 horses. At the
same time he tore down his ice house and made a new one in one of
his stables. He also built a laundry house back of the hotel the
Martin's hospitality and famous chicken dinners
became popular with local residents as well.
He sold his business to Charles Griese who took
possession May 1, 1927.
Gust Martin was born August 15, 1875 at Neurenberg,
Pommern, Germany and came to America with his parents when he was
six years old. They first settled in the Township of Hartland where
they lived for a short period and then moved to the Township of
Waukechon where he was reared to manhood. He attended the St. Paul's
Christian Day School and was confirmed by Rev.
Ebert. He married Hattie Buelow of the Township of Washington,
January 21, 1902. This marriage was blessed with seven children. He
died July 16, 1927.
Gust served as a director of the Bonduel State
Bank and was a good citizen of the village.
Photographs (thanks, Bev!)
If you have any you would
like to add, just
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