"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.


Paquette, William J. proprietor of Boulder Lake Resort, located on Boulder Lake in Vilas County, was born at Harrison, Lincoln County, Wis., May 23, 1892, son of Dennis and Philomena (BALEGNA) PAQUETTE. He received his education in the schools of Arbor Vitae, to which place he had come with his parents when he was two years old, and ever since he was 16 years of age he has followed the summer resort industry. He began in this line with his father on Boulder Lake, and in 1913 he went to High Lake, where he conducted a summer resort during the season and also operated the Paquette Hotel, which was owned by his father, at Boulder Junction. In 1918 he sold his High Lake Resort and moved to Boulder Junction, where he carried on logging operations for one winter. The following spring he purchased his present place, which is located on Lot 2, Section 17, Township 42 north, Range 7 east. Here he established Boulder Lake Resort; he has 127 acres adjoining, giving him about 3,000 feet of lake frontage. Besides his private home he has four nice cottages here. In 1923 he altered his plan of operation, and he now rents the cottages fully furnished for light housekeeping, supplying the guests with everything except linens. Besides conducting this property Mr. PAQUETTE is engaged in the real estate business, making a specialty of lake frontage; he owns a fine tract fronting on Little Crooked Lake, and he is also the owner of the Paquette Hotel and store buildings in Boulder Junction. He is one of the live wires of this region, and takes a great interest in promoting the wonderful future which lies ahead for the great playgrounds of the North. Mr. PAQUETTE served for six years as deputy sheriff of Vilas County, and he has also been constable and justice at Boulder Junction. He was married Sept. 7, 1912, to Clara SWENSON, who was born at Westby, Wis., Oct. 23, 1892. Mr. and Mrs. PAQUETTE are very highly thought of in the community.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 689-690; 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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