"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.


Wilson, Charles A. proprietor of "Way Inn" Resort in Vilas County, was born in Shawano County, Ill., Dec. 25, 1867, son of Joseph and Catherine (GORMAN) WILSON. The parents were natives of New Brunswick but came to the United States in their youth and located in Shawano County, removing from there five years later to Waupaca County, where the father was engaged in farming, and in the lumber woods; both parents are now deceased. Charles A. WILSON was educated in Waupaca County and made his hime with his parents until 1893, although during this period he worked away from home a good deal of the time, in the woods during the winters and running the river in the summer months. In 1893 he went to Park Falls, in Price County, and took up land, developing this property and operating it as a farm until 1901, when he sold it and came to Vilas County. Here he homesteaded an island on two acres in North Crab lake and proceeded to build up his present fine resort property. The land is heavily timbered and the surroundings are very beautiful. Mr. WILSON'S main cottage is 28x48 feet in dimensions and contains eight rooms; he furnishes an unusually excellent cuisine, hiring only the best obtainable of cooks and purchasing the choicest of food supplies; for sheer beauty and perfect seclusion Way Inn cannot be excelled. Mr. WILSON, besides maintaining this place, is well known as a guide, both on the lake and in the woods. Besides Way Inn he owns in partnership with his brother George a 40-acre tract of fine timber land coming down to within 30 rods of the lake shore. Fraternally Mr. Wilson is a member of the Odd Fellows. While living at Park Falls he served as constable and marshal and also as assessor, and hs is highly thought of in the community which is now is home.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 744, 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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