"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.


Jones, Isaac proprietor, in partnership with his sons Robert and Harry, of Pickerel Lake Lodge, situated on Pickerel Lake in the town of Cloverland, Vilas County, was born in England, May 1, 1866. As a boy he attended public school in his native land, and, coming to the United States at the age of 14 years, located in Lima, Ohio, where he worked in a factory for his uncle. In 1893, having previously married, he bought a farm in northern Indiana, and also at the same time a wholesale and retail bakery and candy kitchen at Mathews, Indiana, and he and his wife conducted both enterprises until the year 1900, when they sold out and came to Vilas County. In 1911 Mr. JONES bought 165 acres of land on Pickerel Lake in the town of Cloverland and began clearing it, also doing some farming. In 1918, with his sons, he established the now well known Pickerel Lake Lodge, "a picturesque resort on a lake of unequalled beauty," where the sportsman may enjoy hunting and fishing. In addition to the main lodge there are nine cottages, all conveniently situated, well planned and thoroughly cared for. The culinary arrangements and dining-room service are presided over by Mr. JONE'S wife and daughter. For those of his guests whose sport lies on the water Mr. JONES keeps 11 good row boats; he has at command the services of an excellent guide, and such conveniences as live bait, tobacco and candy are always on hand. The resort can comfortably accomodate frm 50 to 60 people. Home cooked tempting meals and a comfortable bed may be had at the main lodge, or a log cabin may be obtained affording all the privacy of a private home. There are 14 pretty lakes within an hour's journey of the lodge, in which the enthusiastic angler may find muskie, trout, pike, pickerel and large and small mouth bass, while the hunter may find plenty of deer and small game in season. Between the resort and the bustling village of Eagle River, which has a number of good stores, there is a fine highway running the entire distance and affording a wonderful automobile trip. Isaac JONES was married May 1, 1890, to Elizabeth THOMS, who was born in Nottingham, England, Sept. 24, 1866, and who came to America at the age of 16 years on a visit and remained instead of returning to her native land. Three children have been born of this union; Robert, Oct. 23, 1893; Harry, Nov. 19, 1895, and Gladys, March 27, 1903. As already mentioned the two brothers are associated with their parents in the management of the resort, in addition to which each is personally active in other directions, particularly as public officials. Robert was elected supervisor of the town of Cloverland and is now chairman of the town board, and therefore a member of the county board. He married Marie DEMPSTER and has three children, Robert, Jr., Catherine and John Jay. Harry JONES is treasurer of the Cloverland town schools. He married Geraldine HOLDERMAN, who died Sept. 20, 1921, leaving two children, Shirley and Dorothy. Gladys, who assists her parents in caring for the lodge, is known as the "Champion Outdoor girl of Wisconsin," having won first honors in competition of all-around outdoor girls at the National Outdoor Life Exposition held at the Coliseum, Chicago early in May, 1923. It was decided by the judges that she could outrun and outfish any of her rivals. Miss JONES loves the northern Wisconsin country and declared that she would not give up her life there for a mansion in Chicago. She has shot many deer and caught some big muskies, participating in seining a 40-pound muskie which she brought to the exposition. Her father and brothers, under the firm name of Isaac Jones & Sons, had a booth in the same exposition, exhibiting live animals and fish, including the 40-pound muskie, or muskellunge mentioned above, a buck deer with horns in the velvet, and other attractions, the occasion being a notable one, of great interest to all devotees of sport or lovers of nature.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 570-571; 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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