"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.


Blaisdell, Judd proprietor of High Lake Resort in Vilas County, six miles north of Boulder Junction, was born at Pardeeville, Wis., May 26, 1878, son of John E. and Augusta (SMOKE) BLAISDELL. Both parents were born and reared at Pardeeville; they continued to reside at the place after their marriage until 1892, when they came to northern Wisconsin, first stopping at Tomahawk and later coming to Minocqua, where the father worked at his trade as a carpenter until the fall of 1889. They then came to Vilas County and took up a homestead on an island in Big Trout Lake, building up a fine home there. The father worked in the lumber woods and as a guide on the lakes in this locality until his death Oct. 15, 1905. The widow subsequently became the wife of John SIMONDS; she passed away June 7, 1916. Four children, as follows, were born to Mr. and Mrs. BLAISDELL, Sr.: Judd, subject of this sketch; Rush, who is now a guide at High Lake Resort; James, living at Boulder Junction; and Enoch, who is postmater at Trout Lake. Judd BLAISDELL attended public school at Minocqua and business college at Oshkosh, after which he entered the employ of C.C. KENT of Kentland, Ind., as a guide, this work taking him to Steamboat Springs, Colo., Sawtooth Range, Jackson's Hole, Wyo., and Gallatin Range, Montana. He was so engaged until 1904, when he purchased the former Pope Resort on High Lake, consisting of 60 acres of land in Sections 1 and 2, town of Arbor Viate, Vilas County. Mr. BLAISDELL changed the name of this property to High Lake Resort, and he has built it up into a splendid hostelry. Besides his main lodge he has eight fine cottages in addition to his own private home, and all his buildings are electric lighted and comfortably furnished. He has accommodations for 50 guests. High Lake and Fishtrap Lake, connecting, yield an abundance of gamey muskellunge and are profusely stocked with bass and pike; there are three excellent trout streams within easy walking distance, so the disciple of Izaak WALTON need never want for sport along this line. It is Mr. BLAISDELL's aim to make his place a real home for his guests, and this atmosphere pervades the entire establishment, making an outing here spent a thing of contentment and happiness from beginning to end. The tables are set with the best afforded by the fields, woods, and dairies of Wisconsin, temptingly and abundantly served; a large, well-kept garden supplies fresh vegetables in season, and it would be difficult to imagine a more ideal spot in which to spend a vacation. In building up this place Mr. BLAISDELL has done much to add to the attractiveness and fame of northern Wisconsin. Oct. 26, 1897, at Minocqua, Wis., Mr. BLAISDELL was united in marriage to Ida LARAMIA, daughter of Louis and Vesta LARAMIA. Mrs. BLAISDELL'S parents are now residing at Wisconsin Rapids. Mr. and Mrs. BLAISDELL have one child, Alfred, who was born July 17, 1899, and who on March 4, 1920, married Ruth DELETT, daughter of Fred and Bertha (HUBBARD) DELETT. Mr. and Mrs. Alfred BLAISDELL are the parents of one child, Anita, who was born May 2, 1921.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 434; History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others; H.C. Cooper Jr. & Co, 1924

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