"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.


Rismon, Ole for many years proprietor of Ferncroft Inn on Ballard Lake in the town of Plum Lake, Vilas County, but who by the time this volume is published will have constructed a new resort on the same lake, to be known as "Ole Rismon's Lodge," was born in Norway, Aug. 13, 1882, son of Ole and Mille (HANSON) RISMON. The parents were also natives of Norway, where the father died in 1884. Ole RISMON came to the United States with his mother in 1890, proceeding directly from New York to Black River Falls, Wis., from which place they later went to Hixton in Jackson County, this state. After finishing school he worked in the woods and on farms until 1901, also during that period spending some time as a guide. He then went to work for H. L. ATKINS at Ferncroft Inn, and he was to engaged until the spring of 1908, when he leased the resort, which was one of the best in this locality. The main lodge was 90x42 feet in size and was erected by E. S. SHEPARD in 1900; it included a large dining-room, office, kitchen and lounging-room. There were also eight cottages, and four more were subsequently erected by Mr. RISMON, so that he had accommodations in all for 50 guests. All the conveniences of a good summer resort were provided, including boats, fishing supplies and guides, and car service was maintained to and from Star Lake. This resort was ably conducted by Mr. RISMON, who gained a wide reputation as an ideal host. His business relations with the actual owners of the property, however, proved unsatisfactory, and accordingly he bought a piece of land half a mile east of Ferncroft Inn and began the erection of his new lodge and resort. This property is also on Ballard Lake, the cool, crystal-clear waters of which beautiful body of water, shimmering in its appropriate forest setting, like one of nature's jewels, are an attraction not easily forgotten by those who have visited this spot. The new resort will be thoroughly modern so as to satisfy Mr. RISMON'S summer patronage, which has grown quite large during the past few years. All the buildings will be constructed of logs and will be of that class of architectural design lately created by artists for buildings of this kinds. There will be a dining-room and kitchen of logs, 38x38 feet; a lobby and office, 36x36 with wing; and about a dozen log cabins, which are to be completed in time for the season of 1924. The capacity of the resort will be about a third larger than that of Mr. RISMON'S former one. It is located a couple of miles northwest of Star Lake station on the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway. Including this property, Mr. RISMON has now some 120 acres of land in the town of Plum Lake and 40 acres in the town of Minocqua, with 120 rods of lake frontage, and his prospects look good for the coming season. He was married Dec. 5, 1915, at Wausau, Wis., to Miss Edith ELLERMAN, and he and his wife are the parents of three children: Harriet, born March 28, 1917; Junior Ole, born March 1, 1919; and Alice J., born Jan. 21, 1921. Mr. RISMON'S post office is Star Lake.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 696-697; 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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