"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.


Melang, William proprietor of a well-known resort in the town of Woodruff, Oneida County, was born at Amherst, Portage County, June 13, 1882, son of Richard and Justine (MILLER) MELANG. The parents were natives of Germany and are now residing with their sons at Birch Lake. William MELANG attended schools at Minocqua and subsequently worked was a guide on the Chain of Lakes for many years. In 1906 he purchased 25 acres of lake frontage on birch Lake and proceeded to establish his present resort, which today includes eight cottages and has accommodations for 50 guests. He has cleared several acres of the land, and on the tract thus developed he raises vegetables for the supply of his tables, making the cuisine at his place particularly attractive. He has a fleet of excellent boats in conjunction with the resort and supplies fishing tackle of all kinds to his guests. The place is beautifully located in a region of stately trees and cool, sparkling water; the fishing is unexcelled, and there are many other sports and entertainments to beguile the mind of the visitor away from thoughts and memories of the workaday world, and to make a vacation spent here a thing to be always cherished among the most treasured memories of a lifetime.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 383-384, 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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