"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.


Binkley, Frank C. owner of Pine Isle in Medicine Lake, town of Three Lakes, Oneida County, was born at Ft. Wayne, Ind., Feb. 1, 1870. He was educated in the public schools of Ft. Wayne and subsequently learned telegraphy, which vocation he followed for 11 years at various points in Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois, in the employ of the Pennsylvania railroad. After leaving this work he was construction man for the Ft. Wayne Electric Co. for three years, and he was next with the Turner Brass Co. of Chicago, starting as salesman with them and being vice president and general manager of the company at the time of his resignation in 1913. In the latter year he came to Onedia County and founded Birchwood Resort on Medicine Lake, purchasing 130 acres of land from Dr. Morse of Appleton, Wis., and erecting a main lodge 30x30 feet in dimensions, two stories high, constructed of logs, and five cottages. Mr. BINKLEY was the first to maintain furnished cottages on the southern end of the Eagle Chain, of which Medicine Lake forms a part. He conducted this property until 1919, when he sold, retaining only ten acres on Pine Isle, where he erected a private home and one 18x22 foot cottage. He now leases camp sites during the tourist season, operates an automobile and boat livery, and furnishes butter, eggs, milk and cream, etc. to campers during the tourist season, and acts as guide. Mr. BINKLEY is a member of the Rhinelander aerie of Eagles, Rhinelander Lodge No. 598 of the Elks, and of the Masonic order, having advanced very far int he work of the last mentioned organization; he belongs to their Chicago blue lodge, to the Sycamore, Ill., chapter (of which he is past high priest), to the Sycamore commandery (being past commander of this), to the Oriental consistory at Chicago, and to the Medinah shrine, also at Chicago. He is a man of exceptional ability and is recognized as a leader in the community; he was chairman of the Three Lakes Township board for two terms, and was a member of the Oneida County highway committee for two years. Mr. BINKLEY was married at Milwaukee, Wis., May 3, 1919, to Mary KOSHUTA, and Mr. and Mrs. BINKLEY have three children, Mary Jane, Ruth, and Frank C., Jr.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 268-269; 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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