"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.


Trumble, Robert E. proprietor of Trumble's Resort on the southeastern shore of Twin Lake, one and a half miles from the village of Phelps, Vilas County, was born in San Francisco, Calif., Sept. 23, 1879. He was educated in St. John's Military Academy at Delafield, Wis., being graduated with the class of 1896. For two years subsequently he was employed in the wholesale saddlery business of Benjamin YOUNG of Milwaukee. He then engaged in steam shovel construction work for the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway Co., and after being with that road for 15 years still holds his rights with them. In 1921 Mr. TRUMBLE came to Vilas County and established his present resort. The land was wild at the time and he has made all subsequent improvements, achievement a remarkable result. His main lodge is 24x34 feet in inside dimensions and contains the dining-room, family quarters and office. To the lodge is attached a wing of 24x24 feet. He also has four large cottages named respectively the Welikeit, Sadowa, We-will-be-back and We-will-come-again. They are large, roomy and homelike and are finely finished and electrically lighted. One of them is a seven-room cottage built in duplex style. He also has a log cottage with a large, comfortable fireplace and fitted up with all necessary conveniences; a tent cottage and one tent. All these, as well as the grounds, are lighted by electricity, furnished by Mr. TRUMBLE'S own lighting plant. Other conveniences of the resort according to the comfort of the guests are a large garage, saddle horses for hire, a tennis court, a fleet of boats including Johnson motors, life bait for fishermen, guides when desired, and a good and safe bathing-beach with house and lockers and bathing-suits to rent. Big Twin Lake is one of the prime beauty spots of the northern Wisconsin lakes region. It is five miles long and one and three-quarters wide and connects at its south-western extremity with Little Twin Lake. The waters of these lakes abound with all kinds of game fish, including the coveted "muskies." In addition there are numerous fine trout streams close by which afford the angler rare sport. The resort is easily reached by train or car and Mr. TRUMBLE, whose post office address is Phelps, Wis., is always ready to answer inquiries. June, September and October are prime months for fishing and outings. Mr. TRUMBLE is agent for the famous Rhinelander boats, which include practically every kind used by sportsmen or for outing purposes on inland waters, among them the Johnson outboard motors; also for tent and canvas goods and for the Adams portable log cabins. He is a member of the executive board of the Eagle River Resort Owners' Association; also of Charity Lodge No. 197, A. F. & A. M., of Coon Rapids, Ia., and is secretary and treasurer of the International Brotherhood of Steam Shovel and Dredgemen. He was married in 1914 to Jessie VINE, who assists him materially in the management of his business.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 725, 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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