"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.


French, Charles a well known and respected citizen of Three lakes, now retired from active work, was born in Winnebago County, May 20, 1871, son of Fred and Helena (OTT) FRENCH. He acquired his education in the public school of Neenah, Wis., subsequently learned the art of cooking, and after his parents had moved to Three Lakes in 1886 he began cooking in lumber camps, an occupation that he followed for several winters. In 1893 he built the first summer resort on Butternut Lake in Forest County, and this he conducted for five years. The next ten years he spent in conducting a resort on Laura and Medicine Lakes, being on of the first to establish a resort on that water chain. After that Mr. FRENCH became superintendent of the Three Lakes Rod and Gun Club resort in the Upper Eagle Chain of Lakes. In the spring of 1922 he gave up that position and took up his permanent residence in Three Lakes, purchasing his present dwelling-house and a few acres of land in the village; and during the summer of that year he acted as guide and cook for visiting tourists. At various times he has owned different tracts of land with lake frontage, some of which he has disposed of to good advantage. He still owns 70 acres of lake frontage, however, located on Laura and Medicine Lakes. While conducting the Pine Island resort, two and a half miles from Three Lakes, Mr. FRENCH was so successful in landing big fish that he won for himself the name of "Muskellunge Charley." Among his accomplishments he numbers that of being an expert taxidermist and has mounted some fine specimens of deer, fish and other game. Mr. FRENCH was married Dec. 4, 1904, to Elethra LOCY, and he and his wife are the parents of one child, Fred, born Dec. 17, 1905, who is now a pupil in the Three Lakes High School.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 257; 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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