"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.


Luedtke, Ernest G. proprietor of Blue Lake Resort, located on a 39-acre island in Blue Lake, town of Minocqua, Oneida County, was born in Marathon County, Wis., May 26, 1893, son of Julius and Anna (ALBRECHT) LUEDTKE. The father was born in Germany and came to the United States when 14 years of age; the mother was born at Two Rivers, Wis. The parents were married in Marathon County and settled on a farm there which remained the family home until two years after the mother's death on Dec. 28, 1910. The father is now residing at Wausau, Wis. Twelve children, as follows, were born to these parents: Tena, who is now Mrs. Carl LUEDTKE of Merrill, Wis.; Edward, of Mosinee, Wis.; William, living in Marathon County, where he is engaged in farming and is pursuing the trade of mason; Albert, of Wausau; Elizabeth, now Mrs. Fred BARTELT of Marathon County; Louis, living at Wausau; Julius, also of Wausau; Ernest, subject of this sketch; George, who died while serving in the military forces of the United States during the World War; Martha, now Mrs. Richard MOLDENHAUER of Montello; Bertha, who makes her home with her brother Ernest; and Anna, living at Wausau. Ernest LUEDTKE received his education in the district schools of Marathon County and remained at home until he was 20 years old, after which he did carpenter work until 1919. In the latter year he came to Oneida County and rented "Hemlocks" Resort on Tomahawk Lake, operating this property for one year. He was next engaged in erecting the Frank Melang Resort on Birch Lake, and he then managed the Stockton farm at Maple, Wis., for one summer, after which he lived for three years on Birch Lake. During the World War he served in the ship yards in Superior, Wis. He purchased the present resort property in March, 1922, and he has since been successfully carrying on this establishment. His main lodge is 40x110 feet in dimensions, with a kitchen 18x30 feet, a large dining room, office, and 18 guest rooms. Situated as it is on a wooded island in a beautiful lake, and managed with a view toward making every feature of the service homelike, the place enjoys a very large patronage each year and all who have enjoyed its hospitality are anxious to return. Mr. LUEDTKE was married at Minocqua June 12, 1917, to Cleora GRUNDY; Mr. and Mrs. LUEDTKE have two children: Donald, born Feb. 17, 1918, and Audrey, born July 17, 1922.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 645; 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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