"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.


Koerner, Theodore J. proprietor in partnership with his son of Koerner's Spider Lake Resort, in the town of Lac du Flambeau, Vilas County, was born in Milwaukee, Wis., June 21, 1868, son of Gothard and Ernestine (GEROLD) KOERNER. The father was a native of Pennsylvania and the mother of Germany and they were married in Milwaukee, where Gothard KOERNER followed his trade of machinist. He is now deceased but his wife is still living in Milwaukee. Theodore J. KOERNER was educated in Milwaukee where he subsequently learned the art of piano tuning, which he followed until 1905 where he became a partner in Koerner Bros.' Piano Company. In the fall of 1916 he came to Vilas County and bought his present resort on Spider Lake. This resort which is known as one of the largest and finest in northern Wisconsin, consists of a main lodge and 18 cabins, all of a much superior type, and is ideally located at the center of the famous chain of 14 lakes known as the Manitowish Waters, in the heart of a 42-acre grove of balsam, birch and pine trees. Every form of outdoor sport is to be had, including splendid muskellunge, bass and pike fishing, and the accomodations are the best. The main lodge is of concrete and contains a large lounging-room with an artistic open fire-place and comfortable easy chairs, and the cabins are comfortably and tastefully appointed. The place enjoys a very large patronage, and all who have been its guests are enthusiastic boosters for its attractions. Mr. KOERNER was married in Milwaukee Feb. 21, 1895, to Marie KLEIN, daughter of Joseph and Eleanor (BERNHARD) KLEIN, now residents of Watertown, Wis. Mr. and Mrs. KOERNER are the parents of one child, Alvin, who was born Nov. 30, 1895, and is now in partnership with his father in conducting the resort property. After graduating from high school in 1914 he was engaged in clerical work in Milwaukee for a time and later managed his father's office at the resort. He became a partner in the enterprise in 1920. On Aug. 19, 1922, at Ironwood, Mich., he married Loraine WELLS, daughter of Vivian and Edith (JOHNSON) WELLS. Mrs. Alvin KOERNER'S father is now deceased and her mother is residing at Ironwood. A son, Alvin T., was born to Mr. and Mrs. Alvin KOERNER on Feb. 11, 1923. Mr. KOERNER, Jr., is affiliated fraternally with the Masons, being a member of the Hurley Blue Lodge, the Rhinelander Chapter and the Knights Templar at Milwaukee.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 630; 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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