"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.


Krogman, William and Krogman, Gust proprietors of "Clear Lake" resort in the town of Woodruff, Oneida County, were born in Milwaukee, Wis., sons of Fred and Sophia (MEHLHAUSE) KROGMAN. The parents, natives of Germany, came from that country to the United States in 1863 and settled in Milwaukee, where the father was subsequently employed in packing houses and brick plants until his death in March of 1904. The mother died in Milwaukee, July 2, 1923, when 85 years old, having resided for some time with her son Emil. Nine children were born to these parents: John, now deceased; William, a subject of this sketch; Albert, of Milwaukee; Emil, also of Milwaukee; Gust, whose life, with that of William, is treated herein; and Frank, Charley, Anna and Emma, deceased. William KROGMAN was born July 11, 1869; he received his education in the schools of Milwaukee and followed various occupations in that city until 1904, when he came to Oneida County and accepted a position as manager of Island Lake Lodge, which was located on Clear Lake. He served in this capacity for 12 years, leaving it in 1916 to establish the Clear Lake Resort in partnership with his brother Gust. Gust KROGMAN was born Nov. 6, 1881, and after finishing school at Milwaukee he worked as a surveyor, as steward in one of Milwaukee's large clubs, and as a machinist, until joining his brother William in the present enterprise in 1916. The brothers have built up a fine resort property. Having a main lodge 25x65 feet in dimensions, two stories high, and several cottages, they can accomodate 26 guests. Their place is situated on a pine-covered knoll overlooking beautiful Clear Lake, which has a shore line of about 35 miles and lies in a densely wooded region. Well-kept gardens on the property supply their tables with fresh vegetables in season and the cuisine is excellent. Clear Lake is heavily stocked with bass, pike, muskellunge, and pan fish. Besides fishing, many other forms of sport and recreation are available; as a place to spend a vacation and real rest and pleasure, Clear Lake resort leaves nothing to be desired.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 635-636; 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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