"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.


Gauthier, Benedict proprietor of Gauthier Resort and dealer in general merchandise at Lac du Flambeau, Vilas County, was born in August of 1861 at Brunette Falls, now Cornell, Chippewa County, Wis., son of Mr. and Mrs. Frances GAUTHIER. He was raised there and subsequently assisted his father in the operation of the home farm in Chippewa County until he was 22 years of age. He then spent some time as an ox team driver in the lumber woods of northern Wisconsin. In 1886 he came to Lac du Flambeau, and for the following five years he was government policemen on the Lac du Flambeau Indian Reservation, in connection with which work he had charge of the team of horses maintained by the government for the use of the Indian families in hauling wood and plowing gardens. In 1891 Mr. GAUTHIER erected the Gauthier Hotel, and upon the closing down of the sawmill, to the employees of which this hostelry catered, he converted the hotel into the present Gauthier Resort. In this place he has an unusually fine resort property; his main lodge is 60x100 feet in dimensions, with a commodious screened porch; there are 19 rooms on the second floor of this building, in addition and to these accommodations there are ten neat, well-furnished cottages. The resort is situated in the center of Lac du Flambeau Indian Reservation, and the scenery and surroundings are extremely picturesque. It is in the heart of the system of lakes known as Flambeau Waters, and the country for miles about is a land of virgin forests and sparkling lakes. The fishing and hunting are unexcelled, and all of these features together with the perfect accommodations and service afforded by the resort make it an ideal place at which to spend an outing of rest and recreation. Mr. and Mrs. GAUTHIER bend every effort toward meeting every wish of each of their guests, and a comfortable, homelike air pervades the whole establishment. The meals are particularly tempting; fresh vegetables, milk, cream, etc. are produced on the farm operated in conjunction with the resort, and the tables are set with the best food obtainable, carefully prepared and served in abundance. In addition to conducting this property Mr. GAUTHIER established a general store in 1916, and in 1923 he erected a separate building to house his ice cream and confectionery departments and containing a barber shop in addition. Mr. GAUTHIER was married at Chippewa Falls, Wis., June 5, 1883, to Miss Margaret BEAUREGARD. Mr. and Mrs. GAUTHIER have one daughter, Hazel, who is now Mrs. Thomas F. GUTHRIE of Minneapolis.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 466, 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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