"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.


Keller, Mrs. Anna L. the popular owner and manager of Pleasant View Resort in the town of Three Lakes, Oneida County, was born in Saxville, Waushara County, Wis., Dec. 28, 1883, her maiden name being Anna HEANEY. She was educated in the grade school of Saxville and the high school in Berlin, and was also a student for two years in the Oshkosh Normal School. On July 1, 1905, she was united in marriage in Chicago with Emil KLOES, and in the following year she and her husband came to Oneida County and took charge of the Pleasant View Resort, which had been founded in 1897 by his father, Gustave KLOES. Mr. Emil KLOES, assisted by his wife, operated the resort until his death on Aug. 1, 1915, and since then it has been operated by his widow, whose name became Mrs. Anna L. KELLER through a second marriage. Pleasant View Resort is one of the largest in this region having accomodations for upwards of 70 guests and an area of 470 acres. The main lodge is 32 x 94 feet in dimensions, with a wonderful screened porch 10 feet wide and 72 feet long, overlooking the cool sparkling waters of Big Lake. The main floor of this building contains a large dining-room and commodious, comfortable lounging rooms; there are 12 guest rooms on the upper floor. In the main lounging room there is a beautiful granite fireplace, where on chilly evenings the guest congregate before a glowing open fire and the spirit of comradship engendered by life in the great outdoors prevails. There are 14 fine cottages all perfectly screened and equipped for solid comfort, and a fleet of 22 row boats and two launches is maintained. The excellence of the cuisine is notable and is one of the features that have built up Pleasant View to is present size and popularity. Large gardens and a fine herd of Holstein and Jersey milk cows provide fresh vegetables, milk, and cream, and a flock of a hundred hens supplies fresh eggs and poultry for the tables. The choicest foods, fresh from the woods and waters of Northern Wisconsin, are prepared under the personal supervision of Mrs. KELLER, and the result is a culinary achievement of which the management can well be proud, and which has spread the fame of Pleasant View far and wide among vacationists. With these attractions and with its ideal location in the heart of the forest and lake region, the resort leaves nothing to be desired as a place to spend a thoroughly enjoyable and health-giving outing. There are three miles of frontage on Big Lake, which is noted for its profusion of gamey fish, and an abundance of partridges, rabbits, squirrels, and deer furnishes wonderful sport for the nimrod. The personal comfort of each of the guests is carefully watched over by the management. Mrs. KELLER, a lady of culture and refinement, senses instinctively all the little niceties of life which will add to the pleasure and satisfaction of the guests, and her feminine touch is everywhere evident in the typically home-like atmosphere which prevails.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 633-634; 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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