"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.


Johnson, Jess A. proprietor of Found Lake Resort, situated on the shores of Found Lake, Vilas County, was born in Chicago, Ill., Feb. 18, 1887. He acquired a public school education, being graduated from the grade or grammar schools, after which he learned the photo-engraving business, which he follows for several years. Then for five years he was in the dry cleaning business in Chicago, but at the end of that time resumed the photo-engraving business in the employ of the United Engraving Co. of that city. In the spring of 1923 he came to Vilas County and bought his present resort from B. A. JUVE, who had established it in 1918. It comprised 69 acres of land, with six buildings, and accomodations for 30 guests, and the main buildings, or lodge, had a porch 8 feet wide and 42 feet long on the side fronting the lake. Mr. JOHNSON had been a guest of the resort before purchasing it and was therefore well acquainted with its attractions. He has since added to them considerably, having enlarged his main lodge, which now measures 30 by 86 feet and has a fine screened porch of 8 by 78 feet, while on the main floor are the dining-room, office, living and lounging room and a spacious community hall. The surroundings of the resort are such as to please all lovers of nature. It is situated on the southeast shore of the lake, the lodge and other buildings standing on an elevated piece of land in a beautiful grove of Norway, and Jack or white pine, with a sprinkling of white birch, the latter making a picturesque contrast with the trees of more somber mien. The well kept green lawn, covering several acres, has a gradual slope to the lake's edge. Mr. JOHNSON caters to a select class of patrons, keeping all the usual conveniences of row boats, guides, fishing bait, cigars and tobacco, and children are especially happy at the place owing to his thoughtful construction of swings, slides and "teeter-tauters." On Sept. 23, 1916, Mr. JOHNSON was married in Chicago to Hazel A. CAVANA, who was born in that city Aug. 10, 1892, and of this union two children have been born, Phyllis and Jess A. Jr. Mr. JOHNSON is fraternally affliated with Aaron Lodge No. 913, F. & A. M., Chicago.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 761-762, 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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