"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.


Fremstad, Stener owner of Armor Lake Resort near Winegar and manager of the Vilas County Lumber Company's boarding house in that village, was born in Trempeleau County, Wisconsin, May 10, 1869, son of John and Carrie (SWANSON) FREMSTAD. The parents were natives of Norway and remained in that country until after their marriage; they came to the United States in 1866 and located in Trempealeau County, this state, purchasing a tract of railroad land which the father operated until his death in 1872, after which the mother continued to carry on its operation with the aid of her sons, turning it over to the son Matthew when he became of age but continuing to make her home there until her death. Five children were born to these parents: Mathew, operating the home farm in Trempeleau County; Isabelle, who is Mrs. Martin PETERSEN of Blair, Wis.; John, living at Winegar; Stener, subject of this sketch; and Caroline, who is deceased. Stener FREMSTAD received his education in the district schools of Trempeleau County remained at home until he was 15 years of age. He then worked on farms for four years and subsequently worked in the woods and sawmills of Jackson County for several years, later going to Star Lake and entering the employ of the McKinney Lumber Co., for whom he operated an edger for 11 years. In 1906 he came to Winegar; here for one year he operated an edger for the Vilas County Lumber Co. and then took over the management of this company's boarding house. In the fall of 1910 he removed to Duluth, Minn., but after operating a boarding house there for two years he returned to Winegar and resumed the duties of his former position as manager of the boarding house, in which he has since continued. In 1914 he purchased a tract of lake frontage between Horsehead and Armor lakes, and he has since added to this until he now own 200 acres of some of the finest lake frontage in northern Wisconsin. He began the establishment of a resort there in 1920 and he now has a fine place to which he is adding from year to year, building up a property that it is conceded will be the equal to any. His main lodge is 28x30 feet in dimensions with a kitchen 14x30, and is two stories high, built of split spruce poles; his present garage is 22x72 feet and has accommodations for eight cars; and several other buildings are already completed. The place has a beautiful lawn along the lake front and bids fair to achieve national renown. Mr. FREMSTAD was married at Minocqua, July 2, 1896, to Miss Lena OLSON, daughter of Martin and Anna OLSON, who are now residents of Black River Falls, this state; three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. FREMSTAD: Bernice V., who is now the wife of Allen ESCHANBAUCH and is living at the resort; Stella, who is Mrs. Miland MCKINSEY of Winegar; and Charlotte, who is attending school at Winegar.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 531, 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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