"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.


Blankenburg, Mrs. Doris proprietress of Lighthouse Lodge in Three Lakes Township, Oneida County, was born at Danville, Ill., April 21, 1873, and was reared and educated in that city. She was married in 1891 to Ernest BLANKENBURG, a well-known business man of Danville who was in the wholesale field there for over 40 years. Mr. BLANKENBURG died in September, 1912, leaving two children: Edna, who is now Mrs. Howard MARKLEY of Danville, and Russell, who assists his mother in the management of the Lighthouse Lodge. Mrs. BLANKENBURG purchased this property in 1920 and established it under its present name of Lighthouse Lodge. It then consisted of only two cabins and a small lodge, but she has built it up into one of the finest resorts on the famous Eagle Chain. The main lodge she has practically rebuilt, and it is now a two-story structure 36x60 feet in dimensions, of unique and highly picturesque design; the main floor contains a dining room, kitchen, office, and lodge room, the latter having a fine fireplace, and the second floor is made up of guest rooms. Twelve new and attractive cottages have been built, besides a boat and bathing house and several other buildings in adequate keeping with the lodge. The property is situated on the nothern shore of Planting Ground Lake and commands a wonderful view of the lake and surrounding country. The grounds are particularily beautiful; a finely kept lawn sweeps back from the lake and is laid out with walks and flower beds; the location is a penninsula between Long Lake and Planting Ground Lake, at the intersection of three branches of the Eagle Chain, in the heart of a beautiful hardwood grove. There is a fine bathing beach, and the fishing in the surrounding waters is unsurpassed anywhere; deer, partridge, and duck hunting may be had in season. There is a fleet of 12 row boats and three large launches in conjunction with the resort; delightful trips in the launches through the upper and lower chain of lakes are arranged each year. A particular feature of Lighthouse Lodge is the cuisine; fresh vegetables and berries, poultry, eggs, milk and cream are produced on the property, and the best afforded by the woods and streams of Northern Wisconsin, together with such delicacies as home cured meats and maple syrup, are skillfully prepared and served in abundance. There are accommodations for 60 guests, and a thoroughly enjoyable outing is assured for all. Mrs. BLANKENBURG is a gracious lady and charming hostess, and her personal attention to the comfort of each of her guests mades a stay at her hostelry doubly enjoyable.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 286-287, 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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