"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.


St. Louis, Abel J. proprietor of Twin Lake Lodge, on Little Twin Lake in Phelps Township, Vilas County, was born at Appleton, Wis., April 27, 1878, son of Henry and Mary (LANGLOIS) ST. LOUIS. The parents were both natives of Wisconsin; they were married at Appleton and remained there until the fall of 1878, when they removed to Phlox, Wis. The father was a wagon maker and carpenter by trade. In 1890 they came from Phlox to Eagle River, where the father worked as a carpenter, and both spent the remainder of their lives here. Abel J. ST. LOUIS received his education at Eagle River, and ever since finishing school he has followed the summer resort industry. In 1900 he and C. E. HAZEN founded the Long Lake Resort. Theirs was the first resort to be established within a considerable radius around them, and as the country was in an unsettled state in their locality they were under many difficulties at first, there being no roads or other conveniences. They were successful, however, in spite of these obstacles, and built up a very popular watering place, which they conducted in partnership until 1922; Mr. ST. LOUIS designed most of the buildings at this resort. In May of 1922 Mr. ST. LOUIS purchased his present resort, Twin Lake Lodge, from Andrew HANSON. He has met with fine success in this new enterprise, and is carrying forward the development of the property. In 1923 he completed a new main lodge 36x82 feet in dimensions, constructed of balsam and spruce logs, with a screened porch 12 feet deep and running the full length of the building; the main floor of this building contains the dining room and lobby, and there are 15 fine sleeping rooms on the second floor. There are six attractive cottages, all nicely furnished, and the appointments and service throughout the entire establishment are of the finest. The buildings are lighted by electricity and provided with running water, features not common at establishments of this sort. Another rare feature is the private golf course maintained on the grounds for the exclusive use of the guests and their friends, a well laid out and finely kept up fine-hole course. These exclusive features of Twin Lake Lodge merely go to indicate the general superiority of the resort, and the desire on the part of the management to make every minute of the guest's stay here thoroughly enjoyable. A fine table is set, fresh vegetables, milk, and cream produced on the property and all cooking being under the personal direction of an experienced and skilled chef. There is a magnificent white sand bathing beach; fine tennis courts have been laid out; fishing in the surrounding waters is unexcelled anywhere in this region; the location, on a beautiful lake in the heart of the forest, is ideal; and in fact it would be difficult to think of any feature that could further add to the attractions of Twin Lake Lodge. Mr. ST. LOUIS is very popular with all his guests. He is a great "booster" for northern Wisconsin, and has taken a useful part in the direction of the public affairs of his community, having served his township as treasurer and as clerk.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 532, 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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