"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.


Shape, Oscar J. proprietor of the "Narrows" Resort at the northwest end of Tomahawk Lake, in the town of Minocqua, Oneida County, was born in Milwaukee, Wis., Dec. 13, 1880, son of Gustav H. and Gertrude (LAUBENHEIMER) SHAPE. The parents were both natives of Germany; they came to the United States when very young, and after their marriage settled in Milwaukee, spending the remainder of their lives in that city. Oscar J. SHAPE was educated at a military school in Ossining, N. Y., and also attended business college there. He then did electrical work for about two years, following which he operated an embossing press for one year and then for four years did clerical work for the Wisconsin Bridge and Iron Co. In 1904 and 1905 he studied agriculture at the University of Wisconsin, and after graduating in the latter year he spent a period of several years in the West. He came to Oneida County in 1916 and bought 36 acres of land in Section 24, town of Minocqua, proceeding to develop this property, which was wild land when he acquired it, into a farm. He began the establishment of his resort on this tract in 1918, and he now has seven tidy and homelike cottages. His place is beautifully located and is an ideal one for the vacationist seeking rest amid the beauties of nature. Mr. SHAPE also continues to carry on farming operations; he has a nice herd of Guernsey cattle and his farm is well equipped. He was elected supervisor of the town of Minocqua in 1921, and he occupies a high place in the esteem of the community. His sister makes her home with him and acts as his housekeeper.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 420, 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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