"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.


Froehlich, Michael proprietor of the Froehlich Hotel at Plum Lake, Vilas County, and well known in this locality for many years past, was born in Germany, Oct. 6, 1856. He received his education in Germany and subsequently did farming there until 1881, when he came to the United States and settled at Milwaukee. After working in a brewery at the latter city for eight years he removed to Butternut, in Ashland County, Wis., where he operated a farm for three years. In 1892 he went to Shawano, and in 1896 to Marshfield. Removing from the latter place in 1898, he next spent two years at Minocqua and the, in 1900, took up a homestead of 95 acres on Lost Lake, in Vilas County. He made his home on this property for 13 years, establishing the Lost Lake summer resort which he later sold to Clarence SHANNON and which is now owned by Edward M. GABE. In 1913 Mr. FROEHLICH established his present hotel at Plum Lake, which he operates during the summer months, spending the winters in the operation of Perdido Beach winter resort, which he owns in Alabama. The latter is a particularly attractive resort on the Gulf of Mexico, 15 miles from Foley, Ala., and 22 miles from Pensacola, Fla. It is situated in a land of sunshine and flowers, surrounded by stately pine trees and orange and pecan groves; fresh and salt water fishing, hunting, sea bathing, and many other sports and entertainment are at hand, and the cuisine and accommodations are those of a strictly first-class hostelry. The resort was established in 1921. Mr. FROEHLICH was married at Shawano, Wis., May 11, 1895, to Frances BOHMANN, who was born in Germany, Dec. 8, 1866, and came to America with her parents in 1883. Seven children, as follows, have been born to Mr. and Mrs. FROEHLICH: William, who operates a general store at Plum Lake; Mary, now Mrs. Edward M. GAPE; Michael, Jr., of Plum Lake; Kunigunda, employed at Lost Lake Resort; Joseph, of Plum Lake; Emery, who operates a garage at Plum Lake; and Walter, who is living at home.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 419 (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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