"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.


Wernecke, Mark A. owner and manager of the Wernecke Resort on Eagle Lake in the town of Lincoln, Vilas County, was born in Harrietville, Ohio, Nov. 15, 1886. He was reared and educated in his native place, after which he learned the machinist's trade, which he followed for several years. Fifteen years of his life were spent in Milwaukee, where he was manager of the machine shop of the Mulkern Garage Co. In the spring of 1917 he came to Three Lakes, Oneida County, Wis., where for four years he was engaged in the motorboat repair business. Coming to Eagle Lake in the Fall of 1921, he purchased four lots and began to build the Wernecke Resort. His main lodge is 32x50 feet, including the front and rear porches, and it contains eight large rooms. He has also one four-room cottage. In the spring of 1922 he erected a boat repair shop, 40x40 feet, which extends out into the lake, and here he repairs motor-boats and boat engines, and carries a large line of marine supplies. All his buildings are electrically lighted. The resort has 400 feet of lake frontage and nestles in a beautiful grove of white birch on the north shore of Eagle Lake, which is one of the far-famed Eagle chain of 27 lakes. The bracing air, cool nights and refreshing lake breezes are conducive to health and good spirits, while the quiet woodland trails, boating and fishing excursions, and the home-like hospitality afforded guests, together with the pure food and excellent cooking, making this a highly desirable place in which to spend a vacation. Another attraction appealing to many is a splendid nine-hole golf course just across the lake. The "musky," pike, bass and pickerel fishing is of the best in the Eagle chain and good boats and live bait are always on hand. There is also an excellent bathing-beach for all water sports and an unrivalled waterway for those who desire to traverse the chain on lakes by canoe or boat. Mr. WERNECKE, whose maiden name was Inez MACE, and to whom Mr. WERNECKE was married in Milwaukee on March 23, 1911, is the actual manager of the resort, while Mr. WERNECKE gives his chief attention to his boat repair shop. The resort is three miles from Eagle River, where mail is obtained, and which is on the Ashland division of the Chicago & Northwestern Railway. The resort auto meets all trains after previous notification.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 473-474, 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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