"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.


Rasmussen, Lewis F. proprietor of Butternut-Franklin Lake Lodge, on the north shore of Butternut Lake in Forest County, was born in Denmark Feb. 16, 1884. He received his early education in his native land, and supplemented this with business courses after coming to the United States in 1906. Here he first located at Racine, Wis., where he was in the contracting business until 1913 and then in the hotel business until 1918. It was in 1918 that he came to northern Wisconsin and purchased his present resort property, which is just across the line from Vilas County in Forest County. The resort then consisted of a main lodge and seven cottages; Mr. RASMUSSEN had made extensive improvements in the main lodge and cottages, and has erected six new cottages, besides making other additions, so that today the place is complete in every respect, with a main lodge, 13 cottages, barns, work shop, laundry, garage, and other buildings. The main lodge comprises a dining room, recreation room, office, kitchen, and serving room, and is excellently appointed in every way; a large stone fireplace in the recreation room lends to the artistic effect as well as adding to the comfort; the whole place has a cheery homelike atmosphere, and the large screened porch commands an unusually beautiful view. The cottages are all well screened, and are nicely furnished. A large, well kept lawn surrounded by virgin timber, increases the charm of the surroundings. The place is an ideal one for a thoroughly enjoyable and refreshing summer's outing, and it has a particular appeal for the fisherman. Butternut and Franklin lakes are at the head of the Pine River, and are accredited with being the best bass lakes in the whole lake region of northern Wisconsin. Splendid muskellunge and pike fishing can be had in lakes situated within easy walking distance of the lodge, and the resort's fleet of 21 row boats, a large launch, and two canoes, is spread out over five different lakes, Butternut, Franklin, Beach, Three Johns, and Boes. Franklin Lake lies within ten minutes walk, and from this and the fact that the grounds front on Butternut Lake the lodge derives its name, Butternut-Franklin Lodge. The grounds include 20 acres of virgin timber and have nearly half a mile of lake frontage. There are accommodations for 50 people, and the service compares favorably with that of high-priced city hotels. The cuisine is a particularly noteworthly feature; nothing but the best obtainable is served on the tables; fresh vegetables and berries are produced on the property, and pure cream and milk come from the management's own dairy herd. Mr. RASMUSSEN is well fitted by training and personality to fill the role of host, and under his able administration of the affairs of the resort there is nothing lacking to complete the guest's satisfaction throughout every minute of his stay here. Live bait is always kept on hand, and guides are furnished on request. Confectionery, smoker's supplies, etc. are dispensed, and two large trucks and a touring car are maintained to furnish transportation. Mr. RASMUSSEN was married July 5, 1909, to Eleanor JENSEN, and Mr. and Mrs. RASSMUSSEN have two children, Elmer and Irma. The family are members of the Lutheran Church. In December, 1922, Mr. RASMUSSEN took his family to Europe, visiting his old home country, Denmark, and also travelling through Norway and Sweden; they returned in April of 1923.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 496, 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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