"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.


Theriault, Romey manager of Rest Lake Lodge in Vilas County, was born in Canada Nov. 8, 1868, son of Daniel and Mary (PORIER) THERIAULT. The parents were natives of Canada and spent all their lives in that country, where they were engaged in farming. Romey THERIAULT was educated there and remained at home until he was 12 years old, at which early age he began life on his own account. He followed various occupations, including work in the United States Postal service, until 1892, when he came to Wisconsin and worked in the lumber woods near Chippewa Falls for nine years. In 1901 he came to Manitowish, in Iron County, and worked on the dam which was then under construction there, later rafting logs on the Chain of Lakes for the Chippewa Lumber and Boom Co. In 1903 he became employed at Buck's Resort, now known as Spider Lake Resort, and he remained there for 12 years, doing guiding and operating a passenger launch during the summers and spending the winters at logging in the woods. In 1915 he bought a tract of land fronting on Manitowish Lake, and on this he erected a set of buildings and for the following three years was engaged in farming. In 1919 he went to Mercer, Wis., remaining there for two years, after which, in 1921 he entered the employment of the P. D. DURANT as manager and caretaker of his fine summer home at Rest Lake, which position he has ever since occupied. Mr. THERIAULT was married at Hurley, Wis., Nov. 3, 1904, to Frances PLZAK, daughter of Matthew and Anna (SLICE) PLZAK. Both of Mrs. THERIAULT'S parents are now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. THERIAULT are the parents of one child, Mathlyn, born Aug. 26, 1905. The family are members of the Catholic Church, and are very highly respected throughout the community.
Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 723-724, 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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