"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.


Guth, Conrad R. owner of Lakeview Inn, on the south shore of Pelican Lake, in the town of Enterprise, Oneida County, was born at Forestville, Door County, Wisconsin, Nov. 24, 1873, son of Charles and Albertina (KAY) GUTH. The parents were natives of Germany and came from that country to the United States in 1871, spending the remainder of their lives in Door County, Wisconsin. Conrad R. GUTH passed his boyhood days on his father's farm at Forestville; he was educated in the district schools near there, and subsequently was employed on the farm of John GOETTELMAN, near Sawyer. He then spent one year in a sawmill at Menominee, Mich., and in 1893 he established a cheese factory at Kolberg, in Door County, Wisconsin. He later started a store at the same point, and this property he conducted until 1918, when he sold and came to Oneida County. Here he purchased Lakeview Resort, which had been established by Joseph FRIERSTEIN and which then consisted of 80 acres of land and a few small buildings. Mr. GUTH changed the name of this property to Lakeview Inn, and proceeded to build it up into the first-class summer resort it is today. He erected a new main lodge 30x80 feet in dimensions, with kitchen 30x30 feet and with a screened porch 10x100 feet on the north side. The dining room, living room, and office are on the main floor of this building, and there are 12 bedrooms on the second floor and 13 in an annex. Besides this building there are three nicely arranged cottages furnished as sleeping quarters, and Mr. GUTH has erected a 36x80 foot modern dairy barn, with full basement and all the most recent improvements in barn equipment, including James accessories and the latest king of ventilating system. He has a fine herd of pure-bred Guernsey cattle and is expanding his interests in this line from year to year. These cattle supply pure cream and milk for the tables at the inn, and fresh vegetables are furnished from gardens on the property; Mrs. GUTH supervises the preparation of all the meals, and the result is "good eats and plenty of them." Pure, sparkling water for drinking purposes is furnished by a spring-fed well 75 feet in depth. Mr. GUTH has added to the grounds by further purchase, and there are now 640 acres of beautiful, wooded land. Pelican Lake, on which the place is situated, has a shore line of 37 miles and is noted for its beauty and for it abundance of pike, pickerel, and muskellunge. There is a fine bathing beach at Lakeview, and every form of outdoor sport may be enjoyed to the fullest here. Mr. GUTH was married in August, 1893, to Theresa GRUNDEMANN, and Mr. and Mrs. GUTH have five children: Esther, Erwin, Alfred, Leonard, and Harold. Esther is now Mrs. Ed ZANDER of Bowler, Wis. Alfred is studying dentistry in Marquette University at Milwaukee. Edwin, Leonard, and Harold are living at home.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 294, 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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