"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, Fabian proprietor of the Sunflower Boat Works, on Tomahawk Lake, was born Dec. 5, 1893, son of Roman and Ella (SALZMAN) WOODZICKA; a sketch of the parents appears above. He was educated at the school near his home, and he has engaged in boat building all his life, beginning at the early age of 14 years. He built his first boats on the veranda of his parent's home, and he has gradually extended his business until today he has a large factory, fully equipped for the manufacture of all varieties of water craft. His product is widely known and no higher mark of distinction can be given a boat than to say it was built by the Sunflower Boat Works. His boats are designed along the line developed by his years of experience and research, the workmanship is of the highest quality, and the materials are the best obtainable. With Mr. WOODZICKA the building of boats is more the expression of an art than a commercial proposition, and no expense is spared in securing perfection. The frames are of clear white oak, the hull is planked with clear cypress, and all finishing is of clear red oak. The hulls are painted with four coats of marine paint, and the decks and interior are filled, stained, and treated with three coats of Valspar varnish. The deck fittings and rudder struts are of bronze, and all fastenings are of brass and copper. Kermath, Universal, and Regal are the brands of engines chiefly used in the launches, but any form of engine desire by the customer will be installed. Specially designed boats will be worked out and constructed to meet the wishes of the individual, and no job is too complicated to be carried out with thorough satisfaction by the Sunflower Boat Works. Mr. WOODZICKA was married June 4, 1917, to Belle PETTIT; Mrs. WOODZICKA is very popular as one of the hostesses at Sunflower Cottages Resort, which is operated by the family as outlines in the preceding biography of Roman WOODZICKA.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 363-364; 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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