"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.


Frank, John H. who is now living retired at Eagle River, Vilas County, after a prosperous industrial and business career, was born at Akron, Ohio, May 30, 1871, son of Martin and Jennie (ALLEN) FRANK. In 1877 the family moved to Kent City in Lower Michigan, where John H. attended school. At the early age of 12 years he began farm work, earning his own living, being thus engaged for three years. He then went to the state of Washington, where he learned the blacksmith's trade, which he followed there and later in Grant Pass in southern Oregon. After nine years spent in that manner he came back east to Eagle River, Wis., where as blacksmith he found work in lumber camps and sawmills. Later he gave up that occupation and took a homestead on the Cisco chain of lakes in Vilas County, which he turned into a summer resort known as West Bay Lake Resort, erecting a hotel and four cottages. After conducting the place until 1917 he sold it and went to State Line, where he remained for a year. He then drove by motor car to California and Washington, and after remaining on the Pacific coast for a year returned in the same manner to Vilas County and bought a farm, which he conducted for a short time. Then illness caused him to make another western trip, this time to Arizona, from which state he returned in the spring of 1921 to Eagle River, where he bought his present residence. Mr. FRANK was married Feb. 27, 1908, to Alma WAHL, of which union one child was born, Martin, who is now attending school in Eagle River.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 464, 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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