"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.


Frick, Charles W. proprietor of Maple Beach Lodge, on the northeast shore of Pelican Lake in the town of Schoepke, Oneida County, was born at Milwaukee, Wis., Jan. 13, 1882, son of Henry J. and Minnie E. (HAYDEN) FRICK, now residents of Antigo, Wis. When he was two years old the family removed from Milwaukee to Antigo, and after receiving his education in the schools of that city he entered the First National Bank there remaining for four years and rising to the position of assistant cashier. He then spent one year in the west, and upon his return he went to work in the auditing department of the M. & St. L. and Iowa Central railroads, with headquarters at Oskaloosa, Iowa. He was next in the auditing office of the Rambler Automobile Co., at Kenosha, Wis. In 1909 because of poor health he came to Oneida County and took up his home with his father on the shore of Pelican Lake, and in 1914 he purchased the property from his father, which then consisted of the summer home and 17 1/2 acres of wild land, with 1035 feet of lake frontage. Here he established Maple Beach Lodge, the first summer resort on Pelican Lake, and he has kept it in the lead in popularity as well as in point of time. His main lodge is 30x50 feet in dimensions, two stories high; the main floor is used as a dining hall, while the second floor is finished off into guest chambers. This building is supplied with furnace heating and Mr. and Mrs. FRICK make it their home during the winter months. It has a splendid 10-foot screened porch along its entire length, overlooking the lake, and is tastefully and artistically furnished. Six neat and commodious cottages are maintained for the use of guests, and an additional cottage is reserved for the exclusive use, during the summer, of Mr. FRICK'S father and mother. All the buildings as well as the grounds are electrically lighted. Forty people can be accommodated, and a full quota of patronage is received each year. Mr. FRICK has 16 acres of his land under cultivation and raises all his own vegetables and berries, insuring a fresh supply for the tables each day; he also produces his own milk and cream, and in 1920 he erected a thoroughly modern dairy barn to house his herd of cattle and to insure thoroughly sanitary conditions in his dairy; the barn is very artistic in appearance, being built of spruce poles, sided up, in balloon style, and it is furnished with James barn equipment and cement floors. The purest of foods, temptingly prepared, make the meals at Maple Beach thoroughly delightful. Five motor boats and three row boats are maintained in conjunction with the resort, and there is a large garage and a boat house. Live bait is kept on hand, and guides are furnished when desired, so that the excellent fishing afforded by this region is comfortably available. In this connection it should be noted that Pelican Lake is credited with being one of the most prolific lakes for muskellunge angling of any in this great fishing country; in 1918, from Maple Beach resort along 67 of these gamey fish were taken from Pelican Lake waters. Boating, bathing, and all forms of outdoor sport may be enjoyed to the fullest here. With the comfortable quarters and excellent service offered by the management, and with the inspiring beauty of the surrounding scenery, Maple Beach is an ideal place for a thoroughly enjoyable outing in the bracing air and sunshine of Northern Wisconsin. Mr. FRICK is very well known throughout this region; he is a member of Crandon Lodge No. 287, F. & A. M., Crandon Chapter No. 93, R. A. M., and Antigo Commandery No. 31. K. T., as well as of the Rhinelander Rotary Club. He was treasurer of Schoepke Township for five years, and has taken a most useful part in the general upbuilding of the region. Mr. FRICK was married Sept. 6, 1911 to Eva E. BADEAU, who was born in Oshkosh, Wis., Jan. 22, 1884; Mrs. FRICK is very popular as hostess at the resort.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 572-573; 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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