"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.


Fett, Robert a prosperous business man of Eagle river, proprietor of the Eagle River Bottling Works and the Silver Lake Ice Co., was born in Germany, Oct. 15, 1868. It was in 1886, at the age of 18, that he emigrated to the United States, coming directly to Eagle River, Wis., which was then in Lincoln County and for several years he worked on the railroad and in sawmills. In 1889 he engaged in the saloon business, which he conducted until 1916, when the town went dry. In 1901 he started in the manufacture and bottling soft drinks, in which he has since continued, having a good plant and equipment and doing a wholesale business, with "Orange Kist" and "Cascale Ginger Ale" as his leading drinks. His trade in this line covers Vilas and adjacent counties for a radius of 30 miles. In 1908 Mr. FETT engaged in the retail ice business, and in 1919 he bought out his only competitor and has since had the entire trade in Eagle River, operating under the style of the Silver Lake Ice Co. In both branches of his business he has achieved prosperity and is now firmly established. Mr. FETT was married Aug. 19, 1899, to Marie MACK, who was born in Germany April 26, 1870, and came to his country in 1896, first living in Milwaukee. He and his wife are the parents of three children: Dorothy, now a student in the Hoffman Business College at Milwaukee; Selma, at home; and Walter, who is a pupil in the high school. Mr. and Mrs. FETT belong to the Fraternal Reserve Association; they own property in the village and Mrs. FET is also a stockholder in the Farmers & Merchants Bank and the Eagle River Produce Co.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 605-606; 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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