"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.


McGregor, Alexander & Sons are the proprietors of Jack Pine Lodge, one of the attractive summer resorts of Vilas County, situated on the West shore of Big St. Germain Lake, in Section 19, town of Farmington. Mr. MCGREGOR was born in Scotland, April 13, 1867 and came to the United States with his parents, David and Elizabeth (MACNORTON) MCGREGOR, as the age of four years. They settled at Big Rapids, Mich., where the parents subsequently died. Alexander, after attending school in Michigan, took up the work of steam engineering, which he followed for several years, at Merrill and Tomahawk in Lincoln County and at various other places. In 1903 he located at Sayner, Vilas County, where he kept a hotel and was later engaged in road contracting. In 1916 he bought 40 acres of land on the west shore of Big St. Germain Lake and established the Jack Pine Lodge, a summer resort. Here he has built up a fine place, having put up several cottages and a garage in addition to the main lodge. Big St. Germain Lake is one of the most beautiful in Vilas County and the resort is finely situated. The lake is three miles in length and two in width. A trout stream empties into it near the lodge. Near Big St. Germain is Lake Content, a magnificent body of game fish waters, wich is reached by boat from the big lake. Nearby lakes are Little St. Germain, Lost, Found, Pickerel, Plum and Little and Big Arbor Vitae. All these are full of muskellunge, pike, bass, pickerel and pan fish, while there is trout fishing in contributory streams, and duck hunting in the open season on nearby rice lakes. Guides, boats and bait are furnished at reasonable rates. Mr. MCGREGOR keeps a good fleet of row boats and a line a cigars, tobacco and other minor comforts or necessities. The aid of this region is very beneficial to hay fever and asthma sufferers. McGregor & Sons have just completed a fine main lodge, 26x40 feet, with additions of 26x14 and 26x30 feet respectively. there are log cabins among the pines, with two and four bedrooms, large sitting-room and well screened veranda, all designed for comfort. Mrs. MCGREGOR'S cooking is a feature of the establishment that is helping to spread its reputation far and wide. The vegetables are from the home gardens, and fresh milk, cream and eggs, with chicken are among the dainties served. Alexander MCGREGOR was married July 7, 1895, to Ann HARTWIG, who was born at Watertown, Wis., March 1, 1878. They have had six children, all now living, as follows: Alexander, Jr., born July 3, 1896, now associated with his father as one of the proprietors of the resort; William, born Sept. 1, 1898, also a member of the firm, who married Martha SCHWARTZMANN and as one child, William, Jr.; Jean born Aug. 21, 1903; Margaret, born June 2, 1907; David, born Feb. 27, 1909; and Esther, born July 27, 1912; all residing at home. Mr. MCGREGOR, the father, has served as supervisor of his town, and Mrs. MCGREGOR was for three years clerk of School District No. 1 and is now serving in her second term as one of its directors. They are members of the Lutheran Church.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 471-472 (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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