"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.


Mussel, Anton manager of the Birch Lake Resort in the town of Winchester, Vilas County, was born in Kewaunee County, Wis., May 20, 1877, son of Frank and Rosa (LASKOVITZ) MUSSEL. The parents, who were natives of Bohemia, came to America in the early 40's, settling on a farm in Kewaunee County, where they spent the remainder of their lives. The father died in 1878 and the mother on Jan. 5, 1914. Anton MUSSEL received his education in the district schools of Kewaunee County and subsequently worked in the lumber woods for about 15 years. Following the opening of the road from Manitowish to the Divide and Spider Lake resorts he operated a stage between these points, carrying mail and passengers, for two years, after which he became a guide on the Manitowish and Turtle Lake waters and spent several years in this occupation. Since the Birch Lake Resort, owned by Mrs. Kate PLETTENBERG, was opened, he has spent most of his time in the employ of its management, having erected most of the cottages himself, and he has been its manager for several years past. The property consists of a main lodge and five cottages and has accommodations for 20 persons; it is located on the northern shore of Birch Lake, in a very beautiful situation, and is one of the fine properties that have brought fame to this section of the country. Mr. MUSSEL was married on June 26, 1911, to Elva BRINTNALL, daughter of Robert and Kate (JOHNSON) BRINTNALL. Mrs. BRINTNALL is now Mrs. PLETTENBERG, owner of the resort which Mr. MUSSEL is conducting. Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. MUSSEL: Florence, Eugene and Jane.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 654; 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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