"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.


Van Bussum, Stephen R. proprietor of a music store in Eagle River, Vilas County, and also of a popular summer resort on Long Lake known as Van Bussum's Furnished Cottages, was born at Antigo, Wis., April 16, 1882. The father of our subject was for many years proprietor of a music store in Antigo, and after his death it was carried on by the family, including Barney VAN BUSSUM, a brother of Stephen. In 1910 Stephen came to Eagle River and opened a similar establishment here, which he is still conducting, also retaining an interest in the Antigo business. He handles pianos, victrolas and other small musical instruments and has built up a profitable trade, his leading piano being the Cable. Besides victrolas he handles other grades of phonographs, also the Edison disc. Long Lake, on which the Van Bussum cottages are situated, is one of the famous Eagle chain of 27 navigable lakes, all of which are connected by waterways, affording opportunity for a day's motor-boat trip. Of the cottages there are 12, all furnished and of rentals from $25 to $40 per week, according to their size, the number and size of the rooms and general architectural advantages. The $25 cottages contain two bedrooms, a living-room and kitchen combined, and front and rear porches. The $30 cottages are a little larger, but with the same number of rooms, all, however, separate, with screens on porches and windows. The $35 cottages have an additional bedroom, the rooms being separate, and large front and rear porches, while the $40 cottage has the same accommodations but is roomier and furnished accordingly. Each cottage is provided with an army cot which can be used as an extra bed placed where desired. All are well equipped with furniture, heating appliances, refrigerators, crockery and cooking utensils and bedding except linens, several of which are equipped with fire places. These buildings are situated in a beautiful grove of pine, oak and white birch, and are about seven miles from Three Lakes and 18 from Eagle River by water, and about seven mles from either place by the fine auto roads. There are store and post office facilities at Clearwater Lake and mail is delivered at the cottages daily by marine mail route. The pike, pickerel and bass fishing in Long Lake is as good as anywhere in the chain, and this lake is also noted for its "muskies." There are also good bathing-beaches, with plenty of boats, motors and other facilities. Milk and cream are delivered daily to the cottages, and eggs and fresh vegetables can be secured from a nearby farmer. To this attractive resort Mr. VAN BUSSUM adds from one to three new cottages each year. Mr. VAN BUSSUM was married in 1910 to Clara EWALD of Eagle River, and he ans his wife are the parents of seven children, who were born as follows: Norman, May 24, 1911; Donald, Nov. 4, 1912; Lyle, March 13, 1914; Lawrence, Feb. 12, 1916; Robert, Nov. 21, 1919; June, June 4, 1921; and Virginia, Sept. 17, 1922. The family are affiliated religiously with the Lutheran Church.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 486 (with picture), 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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