"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.


Warner, Herbert L. who manages the Forest Home summer resort, owned by himself and his father and situated on Plum Lake, in Vilas County, was born on this property Aug. 5, 1900, son of Herbert and Freda (FRICKE) WARNER. The parents, who were natives of Michigan and Wisconsin respectively, came to Vilas County in 1898, and they eastablished Forest Home the same year, furnishing tents as sleeping quarters for their guests during the first summer. Mr. WARNER Sr. had taken the property as a homestead, and he developed a farm in connection. In 1899 he built a club house; the first building he erected for this purpose he sold to Chicago parties, but he immediately built another for his own use, constructing it entirely from logs and making it 24x28 feet in dimensions and two stories high. He built one cottage in the same year, and from year to year he added other buildings and carried on the general improvement and upbuilding of the property until it is now one of the most extensive and highly developed resort properties in this region. The main lodge is now 60x90 feet, two stories high and is built of logs placed perpendicularly, each log reaching the full two stories; the naturally irregular lines of the logs along the veranda lend a rustic and particularly pleasing artistic effect to the beauty of the lodge and the setting in general. In addition to this building there are ten cottages and one prettily arranged tent, and there are various other buildings, including a boat house and garage for the use of the guests. The lake fleet consists of 30 row boats, all new, two launches, two canoes, and seven Evinrudes. All the buildings are electrically lights, and have fireplaces, and a private pressure system furnishes running water, for the kitchen, bath room and main lodge, a rare convenience at an establishment of this sort. The large farm operated in conjunction with the resort makes it possible for the management to serve the very freshest and most choice culinary delicacies, and as a result of this and the care and skill used in preparing the food the meals are wholesome and delightful. There is a small store in connection with the resort where canned goods, smokers' supplies, candy, fishing tackle, and souveniers may be purchased. Fishing, bathing, boating, automobiling, hiking, and all the enjoyments of the great outdoors are at their finest here. The resort is beautifully located on the shores of Plum Lake, with many other lakes easily available. Razorback Lake, an especially charming body of water, is but five minutes' walk from the main lodge, and six row boats are maintained on that lake by the management. The Plum Lake Golf Course lies just across Plum Lake from the Forest Home resort and is easily reached by boat or automobile; the greens and fairways of this course are kept in splendid shape, and the natural lie of the country together with the skill used in laying out the course has resulted in a golf links that has won favorable comment from many eminent stars of the golfing world. In 1922 Herbert L. WARNER entered partnership with his father, and he has since carried on the operation of Forest Home. Having been born and reared at the resort and possessing all the qualities of the ideal host, he is excellently fitted for the work, and the service and personal attention given to the wants of each guest under his administration will be a pleasant surprise to those who have formed their opinions of summer resorts at other places. Mr. WARNER was married June 5, 1921 to Florence COOK of Eagle River, and Mr. and Mrs. WARNER have one child, Florence Evelyn, born Oct. 5, 1922. The family attend the Union Church, and Mr. WARNER is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 532-533, 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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