"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.


Young, Edward C. proprietor of Idle Wild Resort on Birch Lake, town of Cassian, Oneida County, was born at Wausau, Wis., Nov. 26, 1882, son of Christ G. and Emily (MURETT) YOUNG. The father, a native of Germany, and the mother, who was born in France, came to the United States as children with their respective families; they were married at Wausau and are still living there, having been residents of that city for 71 years; previous to his retirement the father followed the lumber industry for many years. Edward C. Young attended school at Merrill and subsequently learned the trade of stone cutter with the Marathon Grantie Co. at Wausau. He remained with that firm for nine years as cutter and polisher, and was then for four years with the Anderson Bros. & Johnson Monument Co. and for one year with the Lake Wausau Co. Removing from Wausau, he next spent one year at St. Cloud, Minn., and being compelled by the condition of his health to give up monument work at that time, he went from St. Cloud to Wausau and then to Chicago, where he entered the employ of the James O. Hayworth Construction Co. as master mechanic. Later he became engineer and pump man for the Corn Products Regining Co. there, and in the spring of 1921 he came to Oneida County and purchased 35 acres on the west shore of Birch Lake, 7 1/2 miles south of Hazelhurst on State Highway No. 10. On this property he proceeded to build up his present resort, Idle Wild. His main lodge is 24x32 feet in dimensions with a kitchen 24x52 feet as an addition, and a side porch 12x27 feet; this building is constructed of tamarack and spruce logs which Mr. YOUNG cut on his land, and he has erected all the buildings with his own hands. There are two cottages, each 24x32 feet, one a frame building and the other constructed of logs. Both of the cottages have large, artistic fireplaces, and a unique and very pleasing effect has been achieved in the construction of the main lodge by building the partitions from white birch poles. An icehouse, garage, poultry yard, garden, stock pen, and dairy make the equipment at Idle Wild very complete. Fresh vegetables, milk, and cream, eggs, etc. are all produced on the place; fish and game are served in season; and all these choice products are temptingly cooked under the personal supervision of Mrs. YOUNG, who is hostess at the resort, and are served in abundance to the guests. The vacationist stopping at Idle Wild finds himself in surroundings of ideal beauty, and there is never a dull moment during his stay; hunting and fishing trips are arranged, and every form of outdoor diversion is at hand. Mr. and Mrs. YOUNG both make a very real effort to meet every wish and need of their guests, and it would be difficult to find a more ideal place to spend a vacation than Idle Wild. Mr. YOUNG is an excellent taxidermist, and thus the convenience is afforded the guests of having their trophies properly mounted to take back with them at the completion of their visit. Mr. YOUNG was married at Wausau, Wis., Oct. 7, 1901, to Miss Barbara SCHNECK, who, as mentioned above, is now hostess at the resort.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 365-366; 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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