"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.


Keyes, Malcolm D. proprietor of Eagle Waters Resort, on Eagle Lake in Vilas County, was born at Bennington, Vt., July 12, 1883, son of Andrew and Eva L. (SCRANTON) KEYES. The father was graduated from the law department of Williams College, and in 1886 he came to Minnesota and located at Lake Harriet; he is now a practicing attorney at Minneapolis. Malcolm D. KEYES attended the grade and high schools of Minneapolis; and the University of Minnesota, he was then for some time in the demurrage business in the Chamber of Commerce at Minneapolis, after which he accepted a position with the United States Radiator Co. of Dunkirk, N. Y., as manager of the Minneapolis branch. Later he became assistant manager of sales at Dunkirk, N. Y., and from there went to New York City as special representative and manager of the branch at that city. His health had become impaired, however, and in 1916 he was persuaded by his wife to come to Vilas County, where she had land holdings comprising 100 acres in the town of Washington, between Eagle and Scattering Rice Lakes. In 1922 Mr. and Mrs. KEYES established their present resort on this land, and in this enterprise they have met with excellent success. The buildings are located on the east shore of Eagle Lake, one of the lakes of the famous Eagle chain of waters, which is made of 27 lakes. The main lodge is 26x56 feet in dimensions, two stories high, the first floor being occupies by the dining-room, lounging-room, office, kitchen, and serving-room, and the second floor being made up of sleeping-rooms. There are electric lights, hot and cold running water in each room, and there is a bath on the same floor. The large cottage home a short distance from this building is artistically designed and very attractively furnished; it has four sleeping rooms with hot and cold running water in each, a large living room and a commodious screened porch, and is pleasantly located and beautifully furnished. There are a number of other attractive cottages, including several cozy one-room tent cottages scattered among the pines and overlooking the lake. The eight-foot screened porch running the full length of the main lodge looks out upon a beautiful, well-kept lawn sweeping down to the water's edge. The entire lodge, both grounds and buildings, is electrically lighted, current being furnished by a Kohler electric plant, and all the appointments and service are those of a thoroughly first-class hostelry. These features, together with the personal characteristics of Mr. and Mrs. KEYES and the wonderful attractions with which Nature has endowed this region, explain the immediate popularity achieved by Eagle Waters Resort, and in building up this splendid watering place a real service to the public has been accomplished. There is everything to please the nature lover, no matter what his special bent or hobby. The excellence of the fishing afforded by the lakes of the Eagle chain is so well known that little need be said on this point; bathing, boating, tennis, golf, and all the glorious fund of the great outdoors, leave no time for a dull moment throughout the summer's outing. There is a fine cement tennis court on the grounds, and the celebrated golf course of the Eagle Waters Golf Club is but a ten-minute walk from the main lodge. A large fleet of row boats is maintained in addition to two launches and two boats equipped with Evinrude motors, and live bait to supply the fisherman's needs is always on hand. Candies, tobaccos, etc. are dispensed at the office. In all the galaxy of attractions at the resort, undoubtedly the most outstanding is the cuisine, the chef having the very finest materials to work with, including vegetables fresh from gardens on the property, newly-laid eggs, tender young chickens, pure cream and milk, fish from the sparkling spring waters of the lakes, and fruits and berries grown in the woodland glades; and their art applied to these luscious delicacies results in a cuisine such as can be equalled under no other conditions in the world. Mr. KEYES was married Oct. 30, 1916, to Marie WALLACE. Mrs. KEYES has owned the property on which Eagle Waters Resort is located for many years. She is a most gracious lady and hostess, as well as a thorough business woman. Her land, the site of the resort, has a particular historic interest, having been the site of an early trading post and of many Indian camps; a number of arrow heads and other flint pieces have been found here.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 451-452 (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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