"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.


Heth, Ernest H. who in association with his wife, Mrs. Vera HETH, owns and conducts the Heth Resort, five and a half miles east of Conover, Vilas County, was born at Fort Atkinson, Wis., Dec. 21, 1887, son of Herman R. and Kate (HABEL) HETH, who are still residing there. Ernest H. acquired his education in the schools of Fort Atkinson and in the Metropolitan Business College at Milwaukee. For a year thereafter he was employed as a bookkeeper. He then learned the tool-maker's trade, which he followed for many years and does so still during the winter months. In 1913 he came to Conover, Vilas County, and in 1916 bought 74 acres of wild land on the west shore of Little or South Twin Lake, having 1,000 feet of lake frontage. Here he and his wife have established the Heth Resort, which is just off the main trunk highways, five and a half miles from Conover and ten miles from Eagle River, both the latter places bieng on the Chicago & Northwestern Railway. It comprises a fine equipment of buildings and furnishings; a magnificent bathing beach of white sand and a forest of hardwood and pines where one may follow trails to the heart's content. The lake is a superb and beautifully picturesque body of water attached to and forming part of Big Twin Lake, the total extent of water amounting to six miles by one mile. The main lodge of Heth Resort measures 24 by 24 feet and is provided with an 8 by 24 screened porch. It contains the office, dining room, kitchen and sleeping-rooms for the help. Mr. HETH has just completed two fine bungalow log cottages, each with four sleeping rooms and a large living-room with fireplace. Two of the rooms in each cottage are provided with twin beds and the other two with double beds. Each has a large screened porch extending the length of the cottage. The grounds are tastefully laid out in park-like style with walks and flower beds, while there is a garden in which Mr. and Mrs. HETH raise their own vegetables; they also keep poultry and operate their own dairy, the cuisine being under the direct supervision of Mrs. HETH. A home electric lighting plant furnishes light for the buildings and grounds and soon a complete waterworks will be installed. The fishing here is excellent, not only on Big and Little Twin Lakes but in numerous others in the vicinity, muskellunge, pike, pickerel, bass and trout being found in abundance. A fleet of row boats is kept and Evenruds furnished when required. Deer and partridge are plentiful in the woods. All the conveniences, such as fisherman's supplies, guides, cigars and tobacco, can be obtained, the comfort and satisfication of their guests being constantly kept in view by the proprietors, whose post office address is Conover, Wis. Mr. HETH is a member of the Knights of Pythias and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, attending the lodges of both orders in Hartford, Wis. Mrs. HETH'S maiden name was Vera GORANSON and her home was in Conover. She was married to Mr. HETH on Dec. 23, 1914, and since the establishemnt of the resort she has proved herself a competent manager of the kitchen and indoor department generally and is popular as a hostess.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 627-628; 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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