"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Beyer, Charles proprietor of Beyer's Resort on Mercer Lake in the town of Minocqua, Oneida County, was born in Germany, May 28, 1873, son of Henry and Elizabeth KRUEGER, who were natives of that country. The family removed to the United States in 1883 and settled at Milwaukee, which was their home for the following 20 years. After leaving Milwaukee the parents resided in the timber country of Marathon County for ten years, after which they retired and returned to Milwaukee; they are at present making their home with their son Charles in Oneida County. Charles BEYER came to the United States with his parents and remained at home until 1898. He then went to the Philippine Islands during the insurrection there, and from there he went to China at the time of the Boxer outbreak. From China he returned to the Islands, and after spending three years in all there he returned to the United States in 1902, going to Marathon County, where he engaged in farming, logging, and the buying and selling of farms. During this period he traveled very extensively, only spending a few months each year in Marathon County. During the balance of the time he followed logging, construction work, mining, etc., in various western states. He went to Mosinee, Wis., in the spring of 1917 and erected a home, but in September of the same year he went to California, where he spent four years in operating a mountain resort which he owned there. He returned to Wisconsin in 1920, and in the fall of 1921 came to Oneida County, purchased 73 acres of timber land on Mercer Lake, and began the establishment of his present resort. Mr. BEYER has a unique and highly attractive place. All his buildings are constructed of while poplar poles cut from the trees on the property, and he has made all the furniture, including chairs, tables, benches, etc., with his own hands; these articles he has fashioned from birch wood. His main lodge is 20x50 feet in dimensions with an addition 20x20 feet, and he has one seven-room cottage 26x36 feet with wing 12x16 feet and two three-room cottages 20x24 feet. The place is ideally located and the accommodations are excellent. Mr. BEYER was married at Waukegan, Ill., April 9, 1921, to Miss Marie HEBERER. Mr. and Mrs. BEYER have one child, Evelyn, who was born March 19, 1922.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 265-266; History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others; 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co.

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