"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.


Gabe, Edward M. proprietor of Lost Lake Resort in the town of Farmington, Vilas County, was born at Tomah, Wis., Feb. 2, 1886, son of Adam and Josephine (BARRETT) GABE. The parents were both born in Wisconsin; the father was for 20 years superintendent of the logging operations in northern Wisconsin of the Goodyear Lumber Co., making his headquarters at Tomah. Since 1911 he has made his hom at Taylor, N. D., where he owns and operates a fine farm. The mother passed away in 1897, leaving seven children, as follows: Katherine, who is now Mrs. William FULLER of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; Edward M. subject of this sketch; Winifred, now Mrs. John KREN of Spring Brook, Wis.; Frank, living at Gladstone, Mich.; John, who is at Taylor, N.D.; Charles a resident of White Bluff, Wash.; and James C., who was killed in action in France July 20, 1918. Mr. GABE, Sr., was again married in 1911, and four children have been born to his present union; Lillian, George, Adam, and Margaret, all of whom make their home at Taylor, N.D. Edward M. GAGE was educated at Tomah and came from there to Star Lake in 1903 to enter the employ of the Goodyear Lumber Co. as mail carrier among the camps in the north woods. In this work he made his way through the woods with a pony, and in the four years that he followed it he acquired an unusual knowledge of this portion of the country. He left this occupation to become a lumber scaler in the employ of the same company, and he was so engaged for five years, after which he became a ranger and patrolman in the employ of the state of Wisconsin, serving in this capacity from June 1911 to January 1912. In October, 1911, he purchased Lost Lake resort from C. T. SHANNON; the property then consisted only of two small cottages and the 47-acre tract of lake frontage, and it was from this small beginning that Mr. GABE built up his present resort, which is one of the finest in northern Wisconsin. The main lodge, which he erected in 1912, is 24x72 feet in dimensions with a kitchen 24x24 feet. There are now 15 cottages, a club house known as Buck Inn, a garage with accommodations for 18 cars, and several other buildings, including a fine bungalow in which Mr. GABE resides. There are electric lights in all the buildings, current being supplied from a private plant on the property. Combining as it does the conveniences of modern civilization with the solitude, restfulness, and inspiring grandeur of the virgin wilderness, Lost Lake Resort offers gloriuous respite to the city-jaded vacationist. It is situated at the end of beautiful Lost Lake, which joins Found Lake, and the fishing in the waters of these lakes is unexcelled anywhere in this region. There are several excellent trout streams close at hand, and there is sport for the enthusiast in every line of outdoor activity, the conveniences even including an excellent golf course. Mrs. GABE personally supervises all the cooking, and the finest of foods, temptingly prepared, are served in abundance. The resort is becoming famous throughout the country, and in building it up Mr. GABE has done much to forward the interests of the vacation land which is northern Wisconsin. Mr. GABE was married at Sayner, Wis., May 11, 1910, to Mary FROEHLICH, daughter of Michael and Frances (BOORMAN) FROEHLICH, prominent residents of this locality. Mr. and Mrs. GABE has one child, Betty Jane, who was born March 18, 1920.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 422-423 (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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