"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.


Freyberg, Edward and Overbeck, Carl are the proprietors of Cedar Lodge, one of the most comfortable summer resorts in Vilas County, or, indeed, in the Great North Woods, either for the sportsman or for the family. Brief biographies of the respective proprietors show that Edward FREYBERG was born in the city of Sheboygan, Wis., Nov. 14, 1883 and was educated in the grade and high schools of that city. He then took up bookkeeping and accounting, which he followed in Sheboygan until 1920. While there he joined Sheboygan Lodge No. 81, K. of P., of which he is still a member. It was early in 1921 that he and Mr. OVERBECK purchased the Cedar Lodge Resort which they are now conducting, Mr. FREYBERG looking after the business details and outside work. Carl OVERBECK is also a native of Sheboygan, Wis., born April 25, 1882. He was educated in the grade and high schools of the city and afterwards learned the art of cooking. For several years he was employed as steward on passenger boats plying the Great Lakes and also served in a similar capacity in large hotels and clubs in the cities, continuing thus until 1921, when with Edward FREYBERG he purchased the Cedar Lodge Resort. He is a member of Sheboygan Lodge No. 299, B.P.O.E. On Nov. 18, 1908, he was united in marriage with Harriet SMITH, and they have one child, Caroline, who was born Nov. 18, 1911. Mrs. OVERBECK assists in the kitchen and dining-room and looks after the general welfare of the household. Cedar Lodge is located on the east shore of Squaw Lake in the southwestern part of Vilas County. It is surrounded on the land side by a beautiful grove of pines, cedar and white birch, and was established in 1906 by William HILL, from whom it was bought by the present proprietors. It is 11 miles from Lac du Flambeau, which is the post office for the resort. Squaw Lake is a beautiful body of water, and nearby, and accessible by trail, portage or thoroughfare, are dozens of other lakes, as well as the South Fork of the Flambeau River. The forests in this region furnish plenty of sport for the hunter, as the lakes do for the angler. Muskellunge, large and small mouth bass and pike are the fish principally sought and caught; there are also perch in unlimited quantities. The climate is cool and healthful and of special benefit to those suffering from hay fever. The camera enthusiast may here find unlimited opportunities for the exercise of his art, for the immediate neighborhood abounds in scenes of exquisite loveliness. There are clean white sand beaches, with gently sloping lake bottom, where the bather may find pleasure with safety. As the resort is open until Oct. 15, those who prefer to fish late in the season may also enjoy partridge hunting, providing the state laws permit at the time. Guides, though not strictly necessary, are furnished when desired, and as they know the woods and waters for miles around, row your boat, cook your lunches and show you where to get the largest and most desirable fish, besides helping you in various other ways, the remuneration you have to give them is money well spent. Ladies and children are welcome at the resort and may be assured of rest, entertainment and recreation. The nearby Indian reservation is a never-failing point of interest. When Messrs. FREYBERG and OVERBECK purchased Cedar Lodge Resort it consisted of the hotel and seven cottages. Since then they have made extensive improvements both outside and inside. They are erected a new cottage and a seven-stall garage. Their main lodge, 35x74 feet in ground dimensions, is a two-story building, with an eight-foot screened porch 35 feet long on the water side, thus commanding a beautiful view. On the first floor are the lobby, living-room, office and dining room, and above are ten sleeping-rooms. An "ell" structure attached to the main building has dining- and sleeping-rooms for the guides. There are accommodations for 45 people and the cuisine is of the best, the kitchen being supplied with fresh meats, home-raised vegetables, eggs, milk and cream from the proprietors' Jersey cows. Eleven row boats, one of them a motor, comprises the lake fleet, four of them being kept on lakes about three miles distant. Other accommodations about the place are cigars and tobacco, live bait and some other fishing supplies, and a combination auto-bus and truck for the conveyance of passengers and baggage. Telegraph and telephone connection to Lac du Flambeau on the C. & N. W. Railway, keeps Cedar Lodge in touch with the outside world, and there is also daily mail. The lodge may also be reached by automobile No. 70, which passes it. A suitable garage is now in process of construction.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 301-302 (with picture), 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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