"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.


Koeller, August F. owner of Sandy Beach Resort, located on Big Twin Lake in the town of Phelps, Vilas County, was born in Milwaukee, Wis., April 27, 1875, son of Henry and Mary (BURMEISTER) KOELLER. The parents were natives of Germany who came to America when young and were married in Milwaukee, which city they made their home for the rest of their lives, Henry KOELLER being engaged in teaming, working in the woods or doing other common labor. August F. was educated in the Milwaukee schools, after which he learned the trade of a stationary engineer, following that occupation for several years. He then became a molder in the employ of the Allis-Chalmer Motor Co., with which concern he remained for ten years. After that he spent nine years operating a restaurant and bowling alleys in North Milwaukee. In 1919 he came to Phelps, Vilas County, and settled on his present land, a 17-acre tract which he had purchased in 1916. This he has developed into a comfortable summer resort, building a main lodge and four cottages. The lodge is 30 by 60 feet in dimensions and of two stories, and is provided with an 8-foot screen porch extending for 30 feet. On the first floor are the dining-room, sitting-room and office, while Mr. KOELLER and his employees live on the second floor. The cottages are well built and neatly furnished, with an eye to comfort rather than elegance or luxury. One contains four rooms and the others three rooms each. Mr. KOELLER keeps a good table, Mrs. KOELLER doing all the cooking for the resort. Meat, chicken, fish, fresh vegetables, milk and cream form the principle supplies of the kitchen and are cleanly and generously served to the guests. There is splendid fishing in Big Twin Lake and the surrounding waters and a fleet of six boats forms part of the equipment of the resort. Guides are furnished to those who wish for their services and various other necessities or conveniences are on hand when wanted. Mr. KOELLER was married in September 28, 1916, in Waukegan, Wis., to Mae BANCROFT, who has gained the reputation of an efficient cook and hostess. Mr. KOELLER'S post office is Phelps, Wis.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 628-629; 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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