"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.


Woodzicka, Roman, now deceased, founder of the well-known Sunflower Cottage Resort on the southwest shore of Tomahawk Lake, in Oneida County, was born at Royalton, Wis., Aug. 3, 1863. He was educated in the school of Royalton and subsequently worked at farming and lumbering near there for some time. In 1884 he came to Oneida County and located at Rhinelander, remaining six years; during two years of this time he was in business for himself and the balance of the time he followed the lumber industry. In 1890 he took a homestead of 95 acres on Tomahawk Lake. This land was covered with virgin pine timber, which Mr. WOODZICKA logged off during the next few years. He then proceeded to develop a farm, and by hard and persistent effort he succeeded in building up an excellent agricultural property. In 1895 he began taking summer boarders, and it was this that led to the establishment of Sunflower Cottage Resort. The main lodge, 24x100 feet in dimensions and two stories high, was built in 1905, and other buildings were added from year to year until an extensive resort property had been built up. Mr. WOODZICKA passed away Feb. 7, 1919. He was very well known in this region and had a large circle of friends, and his passing was keenly felt by the entire community. He had served as the first chairman of his town board. Mr. WOODZICKA was married at Rhinelander, Wis., June 26, 1892, to Ella SALZMAN, who was born in Switzerland, May 18, 1877, and came from that country to the United States in 1885. Two children were born to Mr. and Mrs. WOODZICKA: Fabian on Dec. 5, 1893, and Frances on April 15, 1896. Since Mr. WOODZICKA'S death the widow and children have carried on the operation of Sunflower Cottage Resort, and their place is a very popular one. The first floor of the main lodge consists of dining room, kitchen, living room, and office, and the second floor is made up of sleeping rooms. There are seven cottages, and the equipment and service are excellent in every respect. A fleet of 15 row boats and six launches, all built by the son, Fabian, is maintained, and live bait is always kept on hand. Tomahawk Lake abounds in muskellunge and pike, and other game fish are thick in the surrounding lakes and streams, all within each distance. The grounds are well kept and all the surroundings are beautiful in the extreme. Tomahawk Lake has no superiors in the perfection of its scenic beauty, with its beautifully wooded shore line and its clear, sparkling waters. Everything is at hand to delight the heart of the nature lover and sportsman, and to these attractions of nature are added the comforts of modern civilization at Sunflower Cottage Resort. The cuisine is particularly delightful; pure cream and milk are furnished by the management's own Jersey and Holstein cattle, fresh vegetables come from gardens on the property, and eggs and poultry are supplied by the hennery maintained in conjunction with the resort, a special feature being the delicious chicken dinners on Sunday. The kitchen is under Mrs. WOODZICKA'S personal management, and the appetizing manner in which the food is prepared and served makes the enjoyment of the meals complete. A place for a more thoroughly delightful and refreshing outing than Sunflower Cottage Resort could not be chosen.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 362-363; 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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