"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.


Griswold, G. A. proprietor of "Griswold's Camp" in Forest County immediately adjacent to Vilas County, was born in New York State March 20, 1869, and came to Wisconsin with his parents when he was ten years old, making his home at Stevens Point until 1889. He then removed to Chicago, and there for the following 31 years he was in the employ of the Chicago & Northwestern railroad, working in various capacities in their passenger traffic department. In the spring of 1920 he came to northern Wisconsin and purchased the former Fournier Camp, consisting of ten acres of virgin timber on Butternut Lake in Forest County. When Mr. GRISWOLD purchased this property the buildings consisted of a main lodge and 13 cabins; he has rebuilt the main lodge and erected eight additional cabins, a large work shop, a garage, a barn, and woodshed. He has refurnished all the cabins, installing new beds, mattresses, etc., and he has added an additional 40-acre tract of virgin timber to his grounds, giving him a full half mile of fine lake frontage. The resort is now one of the finest in this region. The main buildings are supplied with electric lights and running water, and many conveniences of modern life have been brought here to the heart of the forest. The management takes particular pains with the cuisine, and as a result the meals are thoroughly delightful; vegetables and small fruit come from gardens on the property which are under the care of a professional gardener, and the preparation of all the food as carried on here is a real art. A fleet of 30 fine row boats is maintained, and some of the finest fishing in the world is to be had here. The resort is 16 miles into the forest, in the heart of the hardwood region, a fact which brings to the visitor that inspiring sense of the solitude and isolation of the wilderness for which there is always a longing in the human heart, a longing which is a heritage of that distant past when our ancestors had their homes in the feafy fastnesses. Here at Griswold's Camp outdoor recreations are at their best; bathing is safe and enjoyable; the clean white sand beach having a very gradual slope to deep water; boating and hiking are especially enticing; and in the hunting season, the place is a veritable sportsman's paradise, with partridge and deer in abundance. Mr. GRISWOLD has what is probably the finest collection of mounted animals in northern Wisconsin; there are 45 deer heads, three mounted adult deer and two fawns, one pure white timber wolf's, and a great number of small animals, such as bob cats, etc. Many of these specimens have been utilized in carrying out the unique, rustic effect which has been achieved in the design and ornamentation of the dining room at the resort; this room, with its atmosphere of the forest, is typical of the hunting lodges of olden days. Mr. GRISWOLD was married at Chicago April 27, 1892, to Myrtle M. BRINK, and Mr. and Mrs. GRISWOLD have two children, Elizabeth and Milton E.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 468, 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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