"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.


Lobischer, John proprietor of Maple Grove Resort, on Lac Vieux Desert, in the town of Phelps, Vilas County, was born March 24, 1866, in Germany. He received his education in his native land and subsequently entered the grocery and restaurant business there. He came to the United States in 1881 and for the next five years he was located at St. Louis, Mo. In 1886 he went to Chicago and established himself in the grocery business, remaining until 1906, when he sold out and went to Forest Park, Ill.; he has ever since operated a large store at Forest Park. Mr. LOBISCHER was married at Chicago, Nov. 25, 1892, to Mary KOTZ, and Mr. and Mrs. LOBISCHER have three children: Matie, now Mrs. Chas. W. SMITH of Chicago; Helen, now Mrs. Bert SCHULTZ, also of Chicago; and Florence, who is bookkeeper at Mr. LOBISCHER'S Vilas County resort. This latter property Mr. LOBISCHER acquired in 1919, purchasing it from its founder, Harry G. FRANK. Mr. LOBISCHER had spent many summers in this region, and it was his knowledge of the attractions here that influenced him to buy the resort. He has made extensive improvements in the property, and today he has one of the finest resorts in northern Wisconsin. There are 157 acres of virgin timber in the grounds, with a full three-quarters of a mile of lake frontage on the famous Lac Vieux Desert, celebrated for its historic interest and, in modern days, for its abundant yields of gamey muskellunge and other fish. The 46-mile shore line of this lake is covered with virgin hardwood and pine timber, and here some of the most magnificent scenery of all this noted region is to be found. In this ideal surroundings Mr. LOBISCHER is conducting a hostelry which for service and appointments is the equal of many of the high priced city hotels. His main lodge is a commodious and artistically designed structure, fashioned of logs placed vertically. Besides this building there are ten attractive cottages, a fine club house, and a boat house. The lake fleet consists of 25 boats, ten of which are equipped with motors. A competent mechanic devotes his entire time to keeping these motors in first-class running condition. there is an electrically equipped laundry, and a garage for the repair of the guests' cars. Mr. LOBISCHER has a sawmill and he has manufactured all the lumber used in the construction of his new buildings, cutting the logs from the timber on the property. Particular attention is given to cuisine; all vegetables, poultry, eggs, cream and milk used are produced on the property, cream and milk being supplied by a herd of ten pure-bred Guernsey cattle owned and maintained in conjunction with the resort. An experienced and skill chef is in charge of the preparation of all the food, and as a result the meals are delightful in every feature. A particular treat is the abundance of pure maple syrup, which Mr. LOBISCHER manufactures from the maple trees on the grounds. No feature has been overlooked in making the guests' stay here thoroughly pleasant and enjoyable; licensed guides are available for those who desire them, and there are many other similar features of convenience and individual service. In building up Maple Grove Resort to its present condition and maintaining it on this high plane Mr. LOBISCHER is performing a real service toward the general advancement of northern Wisconsin.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 454-455 (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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