"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.


Hanson, Henry proprietor of Hanson's Squirrel Lake Resort near Minocqua, was born in Chippewa County, Wis., near Eau Claire, June 19, 1858, son of Brant and Laura (LARSON) HANSON. The parents were natives of Christiania, Norway, and were married there in 1856, their coming to the United States being by way of a wedding trip; the journey was made in a sailing vessle which took 14 weeks to complete the passage. On arrival here they came direct to Chippewa County, where the father was subsequently engaged in farming until the infirmities of old age caused him to retire; the wife and mother had passed away in 1868, and he died in 1920. Henry HANSON was educated in a log school house in Chippewa County and at the early age of 12 years he took up teaming in the woods for lumber firms, following this work until 1893; during this period he was for 11 summers foreman of the Thomas and John SMITH farms in South Dakota. In 1893 he came to Minocqua and here for ten years he drove a livery team. In 1913 he bought 37 acres of land on the shores of Squirrel lake and established his present resort, building a portion of the main lodge that year and adding other buildings from time to time until he now has one of the leading resorts in this famous region. The location of the resort, in a grove of pine, hemlock, and birch trees on the east shore of the lake from which it takes its name, is an ideal one and the appointments are excellent. The main buildings are on cement or stone foundations and are built in truly rustic style. They are electric lighted and are supplied with running water, and there are shower baths, etc. in the main lodge, these features adding comfort to the natural beauty of the spot. An excellent cuisine is provided, with a fine herd of Jersey cattle furnishing dairy products, gardens and orchards to furnish fresh fruits and vegetables, and a large hennery supplying fresh eggs and fowl for the tables. Game fish abound in the vicinity, and there are features to attract those interested in each different form of outdoor pursuit. In building up this place Mr. HANSON has done much to aid in the development of the vacation land which northern Wisconsin seems to have been designed by nature to be. He is a stockholder in the Security State Bank of Minocqua and in the Minocqua Cooperative Creamery and he is held in high regard throughout the community as as able and loyal worker for the future which lies ahead of this section of the country. Fraternally his is affiliated with the Modern Woodmen of America and the Woodmen of the World. Mr. HANSON was married June 18, 1900, to Mary (O'LEARY) CUMMINGS, of Tomah, Wis., and Mr. and Mrs. HANSON have had one child, Ruth, now Mrs. Fred HEWITT of Woodruff, Wis.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 257-258 (with picture of resort); 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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