"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.


Cardinal, Daniel E. proprietor of Manitowish Lodge, situated on the southwestern shore of Trout Lake, one of the largest and most beautiful bodies of water in Vilas County, was born at Marinette, Wis., March 20, 1889, son of Daniel and Eva May (AMES) CARDINAL. Both parents are now deceased. In his youth he lived for some time with his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. C. J. COON, and did guide work on the lakes and in the woods for fishing and hunting parties, also helping Mr. COON to develop the Camp Franklin Lodge Resort, which gave him a good insight into that business, which has since proved advantageous to him. On the strength of that experience in 1916 he bought the Manitowish Lodge, located on Trout Lake, and one of the oldest resorts in Vilas County, having been established in 1888 by John MANN. This fishing lodge was well and favorably known to many of the better class of resort seekers. Since purchasing the property Mr. CARDINAL has remodeled many of the buildings, besides erecting a number of new ones, and has introduced the most modern improvements, including a water plant and electric lights. In addition to the main lodge he has now 15 cottages and can accommodate 100 people. The resort covers 30 acres and is beautifully situated, being surrounded on the land side with virgin timber of different kinds, with pricturesque and interesting features on every hand. The cottages themselves are mostly of rustic type but are well furnished and supplied with all necessary conveniences so as to render them as home-like as possible. A rustic bridge in the vicinity forms as admirable subject for the amateur photographer, so also does any of the cottages, the lake itself with its sand beach backed by a long stretch of forest trees, and numerous objects of beauty. In fact there is a wealth of subjects here that would take a long time to exhaust. The fishing consists of muskellunge, a giant species of pike capable of giving many thrills to the angler who successfully lands one, black and green bass, wall-eyed pike, lake trout and brook trout early in the season. There are upwards of 25 lakes in the vicinity to fish in and Mr. CARDINAL keeps fishermen's supplies always on hand. Other attractions are hunting, boating, bathing and exploring, and competent guides and safe boats are always on hand. Automobiles are also available for trips to nearby lakes and other points of interest in the vicinity, good roads and highways traversing the entire lake region. Nature has blessed this region with a perfect climate and hay fever patients will find immediate relief. Cigars, tobacco and other minor comforts are always to be obtained at the lodge. Mr. CARDINAL is a member of the fraternal order of Modern Woodmen of America and is well and favorably known in most parts of Vilas County. He was married Sept. 26, 1914, to Helen M. JOSSART of Minocqua, in which place she was born Dec. 29, 1891, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David JOSSART. Of this union two children have been born: Daniel E., Jr., Nov. 3, 1915, and Edna May, April 11, 1919. Mrs. CARDINAL has admirably filled the part and performed the multifarious duties of hostess of the resort and enjoys a wide personal popularity. The religious affiliations of the family are with the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 433 (with picture); 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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