"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.


Peelen, Joseph A. and Andrew L. are the well-known proprietors of the resort known as "Peelen's St. Germain Lakes Lodge," located on Fawn and Big St. Germain Lakes in the town of Farmington, Vilas County. Joseph A. PEELEN was born and educated in Milwaukee, Wis., and after studying at Marquette University he became connected with the Allis-Chalmers Motor Co. Later he was with the International Harvester Co., and in his work with this corporation he attained the high position of assistant production manager. Andrew L. PEELEN was also educated in Milwaukee, and after completing a course at the Spencerian Business College he became assistant store manager for the Wallace & Smith Co. In the fall of 1921 the two brothers came to Vilas County and purchased the private home of Joseph BLAIR, including 48 acres of land in the town of Farmington. Here they established their present resort, an unusually fine property. The main lodge is 30x70 feet in dimensions, and includes a commodious lounging room, an office, a large kitchen, and a dining room 30x40 feet. there are five fine cottages, and all the accommodations are of the best, the tables being supplied with fresh vegetables from the management's own gardens and with milk and cream from its dairy. Muskellunge, bass, pike, and pickerel abound in this locality, and the scenery is that which can only be found in the beautiful lake-dotted woods of northern Wisconsin. The spacious verandas of the lodge overlook beautiful, sparkling water and are swept by the refreshing breezes of the pine woods, and the cottages are ideally located along the lake shore. In building up this property the Peelen brothers have performed a real service toward increasing the popularity of Wisconsin's vacation land. Joseph P. PEELEN was married Oct. 4, 1921, at Eagle River, Wis., to Selma AHOLA and to this union a son, Joseph, Jr., was born May 18, 1923. Andrew L. PEELEN was married Sept. 23, 1919, at Milwaukee to Martha MAGES. A daughter, Genevieve, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Andrew L. PEELEN Aug. 8, 1920.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 492-493, 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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