"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.


Wilkowski, Ernest W. manager of the Oneida Hotel at Rhinelander, Oneida County, Wis., is one of the busy men of this city, having much to look after, but from long experience in the hotel business knowing well how to do it. He was born at Watertown, Wis., Aug. 15, 1889, son of Louis and Sophia (ETSCHEID) WILKOWSKI, the father being a cigar manufacturer for may years in Watertown, who died in July, 1900. The mother is still living, now being a resident of Fond du Lac, Wis. Ernest W. was educated in the public schools of Watertown and then began industrial life as clerk in a hotel in that city, in which position he remained for three years. He then went to Fond du Lac, where for six years he was clerk and assistant manager of the Palmer Hotel. In 1916 he came to Rhinelander to take the management of the Oneida Hotel, then just newly constructed. The opening banquet was given to the stockholders on the evening of January 15, the doors being opened to the public on the following morning. This was an event of some importance in the business history of the city and was so recognized by its citizens generally. The four-story brick building, with full basement, was substantially constructed and belongs to the type classes architecturally as "semi-fireproof." It contains 66 rooms, 36 of which are supplied with bath and every room being provided with hot and cold running water and with circulating ice water. Great pains were taken with every part of the building, as evinced in part by the beautiful offices and reception rooms, barber shop, sample rooms, and other conveniences. In 1922 a refrigerator machine for cooling the ice box was installed, and the company now manufactures a quantity of its own ice with a carbonic gas machine and are contemplating the building of a cold storage room in the basement for the storage of supplies. The average number of persons employed is 30 the year round. The Oneida is one of the few large commercial hotels conducted on the European plan, and is conceded to be one of the finest hotels in northern Wisconsin. It is operated by the Wisconsin Hotel Co., who in addition to this operate hotels at Sheboygan and Fond du Lac, A. N. MERRITT being president of the company, E. W. WILKOWSKI, vice president; and D.C. SARGEANT, secretary and treasurer. The Oneida is owned by business men of Rhinelander, holding the property under the name of the Rhinelander Hotel Co. Of this company W. E. BROWN is president; F. S. ROBBINS, vice president; C. F. SMITH, secretary; and M. H. RAYMOND, treasurer. Under Mr. WILKOWSKI'S management the Oneida has been successfully operated and has acquired a high and wide-spread reputation as a hotel of eminently satisfactory accommodations. He has identified himself closely with the business interest of the city generally and is every ready to aid in promoting its growth and prosperity. He is a member of the local Rotary Club; also of the Wisconsin Greeters and of the Elks Lodge at Fond du Lac. Mr. WILKOWSKI was married June 21, 1914, to Mae DORGAN of Fond du Lac, Wis., and they are the parents of two children: Ernest W., Jr., born Dec. 25, 1917, and Jean M., born Aug. 28, 1919.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 353; History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others; H.C. Cooper Jr. & Co, 1924

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