"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.


Bromley, Walter G. proprietor of Bromley's Resort, in the town of Sugar Camp, Oneida County, was born at Angola, Erie County, New York, Sept. 7, 1883, son of Charles and Emma (KENT) BROMLEY. The father died in June, 1904, and the mother is now residing at Rochester, N.Y. Walter G. BROMLEY received his education in the public school at the place of his birth, and then for five years he followed contracting and engineering work. For the following three years he was a brakemen on the Lehigh Valley railroad, and next he was a motorman on the Rochester & Eastern electric line. In 1901 he came to Wisconsin, and he was motorman on the Milwaukee-Northern electric line from Milwaukee to Sheboygan until 1915. Shortly after leaving this position he came to Oneida County and bought 40 acres of lake frontage on the north shore of Sand Lake, in Section 20, town of Sugar Camp; here he set to work to establish his present resort. The land was all wild when he acquired it, and only one small building. He has developed the lake frontage and built up a splendid resort, which enjoys a large patronage each year. His main lodge is 26x38 feet in dimensions, with two large screened porches. In this building are the dining room, kitchen, living room, office, and three sleeping-rooms. There are six cottages, one of these being a large building with seven bed rooms, a living-room and two screened porches, and another being 16x24 feet with three bed rooms, a lounging-room and screened porch. Another cottage has four bed rooms, a living-room and screened porch, and another two bed rooms, living-room and screened porch. There are also two log cabins 20x24 feet, each with three bed rooms, kitchen and living-room, and each having a fine screened porch. Mr. BROMLEY has running water in his lodge and cottages. It is pumped by means of a gasoline engine from a deep cool well into a large reservoir and distributed from there to the main lodge and all the cottages, thus enabling the guests to have fresh water at all times without having to pump and carry it. Thirty people can be accommodated at the lodge. A fleet of ten row boats, two with Evinrude motors, is maintained, and live bait is furnished on request. Guides are also available if desired. A large vegetable garden on the property furnishes fresh vegetables for the tables; broilers and fresh eggs come from the management's own hennery, and pure cream and milk are supplied by a dairy herd; these features and the tempting manner in which all the food is prepared and served make the meals at Bromley's a real delight. The buildings stand on an elevated plateau among a grove of beautiful white birch trees, and the lawns, sprinkled with white clover, render the beauty of the surroundings complete. A cool lake breeze is always blowing, bringing freedom from mosquitoes; the great north woods, with their myriad lakes and scenes of beauty and grandeur, are all about; the climate is perfect; every recreation dear to the sportsman's heart is available; and in fact no feature is missing for a thoroughly enjoyable summer's outing. Mr. BROMLEY was married June 1, 1910, to Lydia WOLF, who was born at Milwaukee, Wis., Dec. 24, 1888. Mrs. BROMLEY is very popular as hostess at the resort. The family are members of the Lutheran Church, and are very highly thought of throughout this locality.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 274-275, 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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