"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.


Love, William H. proprietor of Hillside Resort, on the southern shore of historic Lac Vieux Desert in Vilas County, was born at Rochester, N. Y., Sept. 10, 1873. He completed the grade and high schools of Rochester and subsequently became a student at the Art Institute of New York City, being graduated there from as a skilled moulding artist. This profession he followed with excellent success until 1908, when the condition of his health made a change of employment necessary. It was at that time that he came here to Vilas County and entered the summer resort industry. In 1921 he purchased his present resort, the Hillside, and he has brought this property to a high stage of development, making valuable improvements to buildings and building up a hostelry that is first-class in every respect. His main lodge is a two-story building with an eight-foot screened porch along the front, overlooking the lovely waters of Lac Vieux Desert; the irregular, wooded shore line of the lake is 40 miles long, and it is one of the most attractive bodies of water in all this famous region. Besides the main lodge at Hillside there are four screened-in cottages, nicely furnished and all light and airy, facing the lake. The lounging and writing rooms are in another building, and here every night the fishermen gather to relate their tales of the big ones that got away. Candies, cigars, and soft drinks are dispensed, and the service is completed in every detail. Buildings and grounds are illuminated by electricity, a feature not to be found at many establishments of this nature. Meals are served in the large and pleasant dining room at the main lodge, whch building also contains the kitchen and serving room and four attractive sleeping rooms. A special feature is made of the cuisine, and it will be found a real treat to the jaded palate of the city man; the cooking is personally supervised by Mrs. LOVE, who is a genuinely good hostess in every respect. In addition to the comforts and services offered by Hillside, the natural attractions to be found here are alone sufficient to make this a mecca for tourists and vacationists. Lac Vieux Desert stands alone in its record for large yields of gamey fish of every variety common to this region, and in the season of 1921 the record muskellunge for the season, weighing over 50 pounds, was taken from this lake a short distance from Hillside Resort. There are excellent trout streams within easy distance. Special provision is made at the resort for hunters during the late fall season, and ducks, deer, and partridges in great abundance furnish ideal sport for the nimrod during the open hunting season. Every form of outdoor sport is at hand here; there is an excellent tennis court at the resort, and a fine nine-hole golf course is only a few miles distant; the gradual slope of the bathing beach at the lodge and its beautiful white sand structure make water sports particularly enjoyable. Saddle horses are maintained for the use of the guests, and the rides along the woodland trails are delightful. Scenic side trips are also enticing; the Michigan boundary lies but half a mile from the resort, and a trip through the rugged scenery of upper Michigan is well rewarded. The grounds at the resort are splendidly kept up, and with their fine lawns and flower beds and their acres of virgin timber in the background they form a picture that cannot be rivalled with brush and canvas. Good boats, guides, and live bait are furnished by the management. Mr. LOVE can well be proud of the success he has achieved and the contribution he has made to the development of northern Wisconsin, Mr. LOVE was married July 4, 1896, to Nettie BIGGERS, and Mr. and Mrs. LOVE are the parents of one child, Florence Margaret, who is now Mrs. Fairold JOHNSON of Chicago.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 479-480, 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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