"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.


Madden, Charles Ray prioprietor of Kawaguesaga Resort on Kawaguesaga lake in Oneida County, was born at Wausau, Wis., Nov. 14, 1886, son of Patrick and Mary Ann (LAUGHIN) MADDEN. He attended school at Minocqua and later studied at St. Thomas Academy in St. Paul, Minn. Finishing at the latter institution in 1905, he returned to Minocqua and became associated with his father, who at that time was operating the Lake Side Hotel. In 1910 the father began the erection of Kawaguesaga Resort, and after its completion he operated this property until his death on Nov. 8, 1914, after which the mother operated it until she died, March 16, 1920. The sons Daniel, William and Charles Ray then assumed management of the resort and operated it in partnership for one year; in June, 1921, William's interests were purchased by the other two, and on Oct. 29, 1921, Charles Ray bought Daniel's interests; he has since been sole proprietor. The resort is exceptionally well appointed; it consists of a main lodge and three cottages, the main lodge being 32x92 feet in dimensions with the a wing 28x32 feet; the main floor of this building contains a dining room, serving room, kitchen, and office, and the second floor has 20 sleeping rooms. There is a fleet of 10 fine row boats and a large launch in conjunction with the resort, the launch furnishing transportation to and from Minocqua for the guests. The entire place is equipped with electric lights, and there are many other features no common to establishments of this kind. Fresh vegetables are supplied for the table by gardens on the property, and the milk and cream comes from the management's own herd. Mr. MADDEN was married at Minocqua on Dec. 10, 1915, to Mary E. BALDWIN, daughter of Nathan and Elizabeth (BROWN) BALDWIN. Mrs. MADDEN's father is now deceased and the mother is residing in Wausau. Three children, as follows, have been born to Mr. and Mrs. MADDEN: Patrick J., Charles Ray, Jr., and William Daniel.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 352-353 (with picture); History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others; H.C. Cooper Jr. & Co, 1924

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