"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.


Ebert, Marcus A. prominent resident of the town of Tomahawk Lake , Oneida County, was born in New York State, April 18, 1879, and came to Wisconsin with his parents in 1893. After completing his education at Milwaukee he entered the drug business for four years and later he was for 10 years manager of the Fowler Mfg. Company there, and in 1915 he came to Tomahawk Lake. June 19, 1915, he married Isabelle JOHNSON, who, as related below, was one of the founders of Minne-Wawa Camp, and since that time he has been occupied, in co-operation with his wife, in the direction of this camp and of Ad-a-wa-gam Camp, which he later established. He is well known throughout Oneida and Vilas counties and is an exceptionally able and public-spirited man. He is now serving as chairman of the town board, of Tomahawk Lake, and director of the School Board, also as a member of the Oneida County Board. Besides his other interests, Mr. EBERT deals in real estate, and he is always a strong backer of every movement calculated to advance the interests of Northern Wisconsin. Mrs. EBERT is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. K. A. JOHNSON of Portage, Wis.; after graduating from the University of Wisconsin she taught school for one year at West De Pere, for three years in the high school at Rhinelander, and for four years at Milwaukee, Downer Seminary. Mr. and Mrs. EBERT have four children: Margaret I., who was born Aug. 1, 1917; Mark J., born July 2, 1919; Susana G., born Nov. 3, 1920; and Marion C., born June 13, 1922. Minne-Wawa Camp for girls, located on Tomahawk and Big Carr lakes, 3 1/2 miles from Tomahawk Lake station, was established in 1912 by five sisters, Isabelle, Jennie, Grace, Julia, and Margaret, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. K. A. JOHNSON, of Portage, Wis. Of these sisters, Isabelle, who was the leader in establishing and carrying on the camp, is now the wife of Marcus A. EBERT, whose sketch appears above; Jennie is Mrs. Nathaniel MILES of Mt. Carroll, Ills.; Grace is the wife of Robert WILSON, of Burlington, Wis.; Julia is Mrs. A. O. HEADQUIST of Madison, Wis.; and Margaret is secretary of the Bradley Knitting Mills at Delavan, Wis. The camp site was selected by Edward GRIFFITH and Frank MOODY, who were at that time connected with the Wisconsin State Forestry Department, and is on land forming a part of the forest reserve of the state of Wisconsin. The site was selected by these men as being the most beautiful and fitting spot in the entire forest reserve for a place of this nature; it is on a thickly wooded strip of land separating Big Carr Lake from Little Tomahawk, in a land of virgin timber and clear, sparkling water; its splendidly constructed and picturesque log buildings nestle among the trees, forming a scene of ideal beauty. Besides the main lodge there are ten sleeping cabins , each bearing an Indian name, and, though the camp is located in true pioneer surroundings, all the accomodations are of the best. Minne-wawa Camp was operated by the JOHNSON sisters until 1915, at which time Isabelle JOHNSON and Mr. EBERT were united in marriage; Mr. and Mrs. EBERT have since operated the camp, with Mrs. EBERT in direct personal charge of the activities. A physician and nurse are in attendance at all times, and no detail in caring for the welfare of the girls has been overlooked. Every form of outdoor diversion is offered under a most excellent plan of supervision; a number of young ladies, each a college graduate and each a specialist in some particular form of camp activity, are employed as councilors, and to each councilor there is assigned a group of four or five girls, to whom she acts as advisor and helper throughout the season, taking part in their games and being ever-watchful of their personal safety and welfare. Each councilor writes once a week to the parents of the girls in her group, giving all details of their daughters' health, spirits, and progress, and every morning the councilors hold a meeting where reports are made to the head councilor, who in turn reports direct to Mr. and Mrs. EBERT. A girls' council, elected by the campers, meets once a week with the councilors for conference. The entire plan of organization is perfect, and Minne-Wawa Camp is a place to which parents may send their daughters in perfect assurance that they will return refreshed in mind and body, with recollections of good times that will always be cherished among their dearest memories.
Ad-a-wa-gam Camp for boys was established in 1921, by Marcus A. EBERT and is operated by Mr. and Mrs. EBERT. It is situated about three miles from Minne-wawa Camp and is operated along similar lines, the description already given of Minne-Wawa applying equally well to both camps. These establishments are distinct adjuncts to the up-building of Northern Wisconsin, the the state may well be proud to have them within her borders.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 250-251; 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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