"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.


Rogahn, Albert J. and Smith, Joseph under the firm name of Rogahn & Smith, operate "The Pines" resort, located on the east shore of Swamp Lake in Newbold Township, Oneida County. Mr. ROGAHN was born at Milwaukee, Wis., March 16, 1871, and Mr. SMITH at the same city March 12, 1877. Before coming to Oneida County they were for 20 years in partnership in the operation of a large boat livery business at McKinley Beach, on the government pier at Milwaukee. They came here in 1920 and purchased the site of their present summer resort, consisting of 168 acres in Section 24 of Newbold Township. Here they at once established "The Pines" which they have built up into a most excellent resort. Their main lodge is 20x42 feet in dimensions and contains living room, dining room, kitchen, and office; this building has an 8x30 foot screened veranda on the front, facing out over the beautiful lake on which the property is situated. There are six room cottages, two of frame and four of log construction, with all conveniences for light housekeeping, but most of the guests take their meals at the main lodge. There is a fine boat house and bath house combined. A fleet of seven row boats makes the fishing in Swamp Lake and the adjoining Sugar Camp chain of lakes easily available. There are "good eats" and comfortable beds, and the service is excellent in every detail. Swamp Lake, which is spring fed, is one of the most beautiful lakes in northern Wisconsin, and it would be difficult to find a lovelier spot for a summer's outing than here on its wooded shores, among scenery which ranks with the finest of nature's handiwork. Sugar Camp chain is navigable for a distance of 11 miles, and offers some of the surest muskellunge, pike, bass, and pickerel fishing to be found in this region. A fine bass lake lies with a few rods of the resort, and there are excellent trout streams within easy distance. Deer and partridge hunting in season are unexcelled, and in every respect one is assured of a thoroughly enjoyable and refreshing vacation if he decides to make "The Pines" his headquarters.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 342 (with picture), 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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