"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.


Jansen, William proprietor of Squirrel Lake Lodge on the southeast shore of Squirrel Lake, in the town of Minocqua, Oneida County, was born at Milwaukee, Wis., Dec. 6, 1871. He was educated in the schools of Milwaukee and then entered the employ of the C. M. & St. P. railroad there as a machinist. Subsequently he worked for the same road as a locomotive fireman, and since 1898 he has worked continuously for them as an engineer, his present run being out of Milwaukee; he has been with his road for 33 years in all. In June, 1921, Mr. JANSEN bought 37 acres of lake frontage on Squirrel Lake, and on this land he proceeded to establish his present summer resort Squirrel Lake Lodge. The site was covered with stumps and underbrush when Mr. JANSEN acquired it, and in bringing the grounds to the beautiful condition they are in today he has accomplished a great piece of work. His place is situated in a beautiful grove of natural pines and white birch, and in the clear sunshine which prevails here all summer long the grounds are a work of natural art in patterns of sunlight and shadow. The main lodge is 28x52 feet in dimensions, with a ten-foot screened porch the full length, facing out over the cool sparkling waters of beautiful Squirrel Lake. This building contains the dining room, reception and living room, office, and a store where cigars, tobacco, cigarettes, candy, etc. are dispensed. In addition to the main lodge there are three large cottages, a bachelor hall of ten rooms, a garage for the use of the guests, and a power-house and laundry with rooms for the guides. All the buildings are supplied with electric lights and running water. The cuisine is under the direct supervision of Mrs. JANSEN, and to those who have had experience with her culinary skills this means assurance that the meals will be a real delight. Milk from the management's own cows, eggs from their chickens, and vegetables from their gardens, all fresh every day, assist her in making the cuisine a unique treat for the person accustomed to city food. Squirrel Lake is noted for its pike, bass, and muskellunge fishing, and its shore, of beautiful sand and with a gradual slope, is ideal for bathing. Squirrel Lake Lodge is every particular ranks among the first-class establishments of Northern Wisconsin. The place is under the direct management of Mr. JANSEN, who, however, continues in his position as an engineer with the C.M. & St. P.; he is a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen, and the Veterans Association of the C. M. & St. P. Railroad. He also belongs to the Masonic Order. He was married May 22, 1894, to Olive MEYER, of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, who was born Oct. 23, 1871, and they have one child, Earl L., who was born at Milwaukee, Aug. 13, 1895, and is now a machinist in the employ of the C. M. & St. P. railroad. Earl L. JANSEN married Mary KANE, and he and his wife live at Squirrel Lake Lodge, helping to conduct the resort, while he at the same time continues in the duties of his position with the railroad.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 311 (with picture), 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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