There are numerous sources of the names of former residents of Star Lake. A number of families, and eventually their stories, are listed under "The Pioneers" which is a subheading of this subject, "Former Residents." The families listed as "The Pioneers" are generally ones that had descendants living in Star Lake in the 1950's; thus their names are well known.
Many former residents can be identified from newspaper articles, other published sources, and oral histories. Below, in alphabetical order, is a list of all persons I am aware of which have been resident in, or connected with, Star Lake.
Note: Click on "Source" to see the source documents for the name. Additional documents are shown as 2, 3, 4, etc.
Anderson, Charlie. "Shacker" on Lake Laura. Ellerman Interview
Aylward, Francis "Dutch". Born in Star Lake November 13, 1905. Married Anton Hamacher of Madison. Died Madison, 1997. Parents: Richard C. Aylward and Nena Voss. From an online Genealogy of Thomas T. Harper (b. 1836, Shetland Islands).
Aylward, Dr. Richard C. Doctor, moved to Port Edwards, Wis. in 1908. Wis. Medical Journal
Baring, Ernest. Resident in 1902. Source
Brasted, Mr. and Mrs. Roy. He was a barber, arriving in 1897. Minocqua Times
Christianson, Stein. Celebrated his 100th birthday in January, 1930, according to "Backward Glances" in the Vilas County News-Review, Jan. 13, 2010. He was thought to be the oldest man in Vilas County.
Cook, F. C. Forest Ranger at Star Lake; he would have lived in the State House after it was built in 1912-1913. Forestry Report
Dykema, Pearl. A 1949 Post Card in the Charles Forbes Collection (front is the road to Rismon's) written by Dykema refers to "my old home town, Star Lake." Her brother had a resort at Eagle River.
Duensing, Robert W. Died as Star Lake Resident February 9, 2011. Obituary
Fernsten, Viola J. According to her obituary, Mrs. Fernsten, maiden name unknown, was born in Star Lake about 1901. She lived in Escondido, California. Source
Foster. First name unknown. Mother of Frank, Harold and Jesse Foster. See entry for Jesse Foster. She found work cooking at the local hotel. Eventually she became postmaster at the town of Oxley, and later became the first postmaster in Boulder Junction. Source
Foster, Frank. See Jesse Foster, his brother.
Foster, Harold. See Jesse Foster, his brother.
Foster, Jesse. Moved to Star Lake at age 14 to work in a lumber camp. He liked the area and moved his mother and brothers, Frank and Harold to Star Lake. Source
Harvey, R. R. Source
Harvison, D. B. Doctor at Star Lake. Source
Harvison, M.M. Son of D. B. Harvison, Star Lake doctor. He was studying medicine at the Bennett Medical College in Chicago, but his home was Star Lake. Source
Hegg, Peter A. In 1900 was listed as a Director of the Black River Falls Bank, with his residence as Star Lake. Source
Howard, Patrick. Summer resident who moved to Star Lake late in life. Partner of Debbie Errington Becker. Died Sept. 3, 2010. Obit
Law, Chas. Jr. Incorporator of Salsich's lumber company in Washington. Rails to Paradise, p. 494
Marsh, Irving. See Miscellany tab in Former Businesses in Star Lake.
Tahtahnowah, Jackson Chekotah. Vilas County News-Review, Backward Glances, 70 Years (i.e. 1930), April 14, 2010 say "Tahtahnowah of Star Lake, reported to be 120 years old, died of pneumonia."
Whitmore, Dewey. Father of Phyllis Whitmore. He was employed by the Milwaukee Road in the ticket office of the Star Lake station. Phyllis thinks this was his first job after marrying. It would have been in the early 1920's. They did not stay long, as his job moved him to Minocqua.
Whitmore, Phyllis. Married name: Titus. Daughter of Dewey Whitmore. In 2005 a volunteer at the Minocqua Historical Museum told me that she lived in Star Lake as a very little girl, having very few memories of the place. Her father was Dewey Whitmore.
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