"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, John P. proprietor of "Resthaven" summer resort on Pelican Lake, was born at East Las Vegas, New Mexico, Oct. 11, 1884, son of James and Bridget (O'ROURKE) YOUNG. The parents were both born in County Cork, Ireland; they were married in Ireland and came to the United Stated in 1882, spending the remainder of their lives in New Mexico; the father followed the occupation of mason and contractor during his lifetime. John P. YOUNG received his education in New Mexico and subsequently followed railroading on the Santa Fe system for 16 years. He came to Wisconsin in 1918 and purchased his present resort property, which has been established by his father-in-law, George KEELER, many years previously. Resthaven is situated in surroundings as exquisite natural beauty. Pelican Lake, on which is fronts, is five miles long and four miles wide; along the 35-miles heavily forested shore line of this lake there are innumerable bays and inlets, and a more ideal spot in which to spend a vacation could not be imagined. The lake is profusely stocked with muskellunge, pike, pickerel, and bass, and numberous trout streams are easily reached. Tempting, home-cooked meals are served; milk and cream are supplied from the management's own herd, a large and well-kept garden supplies fresh vegetables in season, and a fine flock of chickens furnishes fresh eggs and poultry. Live bait, fishing tackle, and boats are on hand for the use of guests, and there is never a dull moment for those stopping at this resort. Mr. YOUNG was married at Chicago, Nov. 4, 1915, to Rilla M. KELLER, daughter of George and Marie L. (VANSTEELAND) KEELER. Mrs. YOUNG'S father was born in Canada and her mother in Belgium. Mr. KEELER came to the United States about 1866 and settled first in Kent County, Mich., where he pursued his trade as a wagon maker. In 1880 he went to Shawano County, Wis., operating a wagon shop and blacksmith business there for a short time. He came to Pelican in 1884 and in the spring of the following year he took a homestead of 160 acres of heavily timbered land on the went end of Pelican Lake, he being the first settler in that locality. He erected a small log shanty and proceeded to build up his property and establish his home. The construction of roads and the spreading fame of the beauties of northern Wisconsin brought ever-increasing touist travel, and Mr. KEELER decided to conduct his place largely as a summer resort, thus "Resthaven" had its beginning. He maintained summer quarters for tourists at his hime for 26 years, having erected a good-sized and attractive residence to supplant his original log house, and in 1909 he began the construction of the resort buildings as they exist today, opening for business as a complete summer resort on June 23, 1910. Mr. KEELER sold his farm in 1917 but continued to operate the resort until 1918; he is now making his home at Cedar Springs, Mich. Three children, as follows, have been born to Mr. and Mrs. YOUNG: Marie L., born Nov. 9, 1916; Alice J., born Jan. 23, 1919; and Elizabeth L., born Oct. 11, 1920. The family are members of the Catholic Church and are highly esteemed throughout the community.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 366-367; 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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