"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.


Schwartz, Charles A. proprietor of Garth Lake Resort and cottages, on Garth Lake in the town of Hazelhurst, Oneida County, was born at Hartland, Wis., Nov. 21, 1877. He was reared and educated at Hartland and remained there until he was 15 years old, after which he worked on farms in Illinois, Iowa, and the Dakotas. In 1898 he came to Wisconsin, and he was employed in various capacities in the vicinity of Minocqua and Hazelhurt, until 1903, when he and his brother Jack in partnership purchased 48 acres of land on Garth Lake and began the establishment of a resort; theirs was one of the first summer resorts in this section of the country, and the venture was successful from the start. After operating the property in partnership for three years the holdings were divided and Jack SCHWARTZ established the White Birch Resort, now known as Colby's Camp. Charles SCHWARTZ continued to conduct the original resort, improving and adding to it each year, and today he has a property which takes its place among the leading summer resorts of northern Wisconsin. His main lodge contains dining-room, kitchen, recreation room, and six large sleeping rooms, and besides this building there are seven fine cottages. A fleet of eight row boats is maintained for the use of the guests. About 35 people can be accommodated, and the service is equal to that of the high-price city hotels. The cuisine is particularly excellent, no pains or expense being spared to make this feature attractive. All vegetables, cream, milk, eggs, and poultry used are produced on the property, and these, supplemented by the finest delicancies the market affords, are appetizingly prepared and served in abundance. During a stay at Garth Lake Resort there is never a dull moment. Ten lakes are with easy distance of the lodge, and there is no finer fishing in all this famous region than here; muskellunge, pike, bass, pickerel, and large perch abound in the lakes, and Rocky Run, near the lodge, yields fine trout. In the magnificent scenery of this locality Nature is at her finest; the undulating, wooded shores of Garth Lake, on which the resort is situated are inspiring in their beauty. A long walk through the woods in any direction well repays the effort, and for the automobilist the drives along the smooth white roads open up vistas that can never be forgotten. In building up Garth Lake Resort Mr. SCHWARTZ has done an excellent piece of work for the development of northern Wisconsin as "Vacation Lake." Mr. SCHWARTZ was married at Hazelhurst, Wis., April 30, 1906, to Jessie DECKER, daughter of Frank and Sarah (KELLEY) DECKER; the parents are residents of Hazelhurst. Mrs. SCHWARTZ has been very successful as hostess at the resort, and is very popular among the guests; the dining room and kitchen are under her direct supervision, and she does most of the cooking herself. Mr. and Mrs. SCHWARTZ have two children, Franklin and Bruce.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 415-416, 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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