"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.


Boden, Mathias P. proprietor of Shepard Lake Resort on the north shore of Shepard Lake in the Town of Tomahawk Lake, Oneida County, was born in Barton Township, Washington County, Wisconsin, March 2, 1863. He was educated in the parochial and public schools of Washington County and began his career in the business world as a clerk in a general store at West Bend, Wis. In 1882 he went to Marathon County and he was engaged in clerical work there until 1886, when he returned to West Bend and took up the manufacture and bottling of soft drinks, following this on his own account until 1889. He then engaged in the refreshment business at Small Cedar Lake Pavilion for one year, after which he again returned to West Bend and conducted the Washington Hotel and the opera house there until 1904, when he disposed of his interests and removed to Milwaukee, taking over the operation of Blatz Park there. He conducted this property until April, 1907, when he engaged in business at 185 Ogden Avenue, Milwaukee, remaining until 1909. The following year he conducted a first class restaurant at 298 Broadway, Milwaukee, and he next operating the Studio Bowling Alleys at 500 National Avenue until July, 1912, when he retired from business for a time, making his home at 318 First Avenue, Milwaukee, until 1916. In the spring of the latter year he came to Oneida County and took up his home on a 35-acre tract of land which he had purchased in 1914. Here he at once commenced the erection of a lodge and the establishment of his present resort, opening for business in September, 1916. His lodge is a 26x45 foot structure two stories high, comprising of large living room and office, dining room, kitchen, and den on the lower floor, and with six sleeping rooms above; there are commodious screened porches on both floors. His cottages are modern and well equipped, and his chief difficulty is not in securing patronage but in accommodating all who want to come. The cooking and general management of the lodge is in the hands of his wife and daughters, all of whom are excellent cooks; milk and cream, vegetables, poultry, and eggs are produced on the farm in connection, insuring fresh and wholesome food, and Mr. BODEN takes special pride in the cuisine at his place. There is a fleet of 15 row boats in conjunction with the resort; live bait is always on hand and guides are furnished when called for. There are 200 yards of lake frontage, and the bathing and boating facilities are excellent. Mr. BODEN served for some time as justice of the peace for the town of Tomahawk Lake, and he commands great respect and esteem throughout this locality. Mr. BODEN was married May 1, 1888, to Margaret BECKER, who was born in Germany April 22, 1860. Three children were born to this union: Ella, who is now Mrs. James R. HACKETT of Milwaukee; George B., who assists his father in the management of the resort; and Frances S., who spends four months at the resort each summer and is a bookkeeper in the office of the Milwaukee Gas Company at Milwaukee during the balance of the time.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 270, 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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