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    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.

    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).

    Baring, Ernest. Resident in 1902. Source

    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.

    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

    Marsh, Irving. See Miscellany tab in No topic [ventures former businesses].

    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.

    Charles P. Forbes
    August 9, 2006
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    Comprehensive References

    Hooper, C. W., ed.. Dr. D. B. Harvison drove down from Star Lake..... [Minocqua Times, May 27, 1897] Minocqua, 1897. View Full Entry (Full text available)

    Major References

    ****. Josephine Shudarek [Obituary]. [Vilas County News Review, Feb/March, 2010 (date uncertain)] Eagle River, 2010. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    ****. Minocqua Hospital. [Scrobell, Early Times, 1988; Orig. Minocqua Times November 15, 1900] Minocqua, 1988. View Full Entry
    ****. Obituary: Viola Fernsten. [North County Times, October 24, 2000] Escondido, CA, 2000. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    ****. Bits of Local Gossip. [The New North, August 18, 1904, p. 5] Rhinelander, 1904. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    ****. Brief Local News Items--Rudolph. [The Daily Tribune, July 11, 1906, p. 5] Wisconsin Rapids, 1906. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    ****. City in Brief. [The New North, Dec. 5, 1907, p. 5] Rhinelander, 1907. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    ****. Cranmoor. [Daily Tribune, Aug. 27, 1902] Wisconsin Rapids, 1902. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    ****. Manitowish. [Montreal River Miner, October 19, 1945, p. 2.] Hurley, 1945. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    ****. Taking a Flyer on a New Way of Life. [Lakeland Times, "The Kaleidoscope of Women", June 28, 1979, p. 17] Minocqua, 1979. View Full Entry
    ****. Vandreissen. [Daily Tribune, May 9, 1906, p. 4] Wisconsin Rapids, 1906. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Aylward, Richard C.. Misc. Papers of Richard C. Aylward, M.D. (Doctor at Star Lake until 1908). Star Lake, 2018. View Full Entry
    Harvey, Jo Anne. Minnow Stand. [Wisconsin Trails, Vol. 27, #2, Summer, 1980, pp. 16-17`] Middleton, WI, 1980. View Full Entry
    Hooper, C. W. ed. Dr. D. B. Darvison [sic]..... [Minocqua Times, July 29, 1897] Minocqua, 1897. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Hooper, C. W. ed.. R. R. Harvey of Star Lake..... [Minocqua Times, July 1, 1897] Mincoqua, 1897. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Hooper, C. W., Ed.. M. E. Monsell, of this city, has accepted a position..... [Minocqua Times, April 23, 1896] Minocqua, 1896. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Hooper, C. W., ed.. "M.M. Harvison, who has been spending his vacation.... [Minocqua Times, January 16, 1896] Minocqua, 1896. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Hooper, C. W., ed.. A. E. Williams and Dr. D. B. Harvison.... [Minocqua Times, August 20, 1896] Minocqua, 1896. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Hooper, C. W., ed.. A. E. Williams, of Star Lake..... [Minocqua Times, August 5, 1897] Minocqua, 1897. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Hooper, C. W., ed.. At Rest. [Obituary of Mrs. John Harvison]. [Minocqua Times] Minocqua, 1896. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Hooper, C. W., ed.. Dick Tobin and Emerson Extine of Star Lake..... [Minocqua Times, Feb., 11, 1897] Minocqua, 1897. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Hooper, C. W., ed.. Dr. D. B. Harvison and Station Agent..... [Minocqua Times, October 28, 1897] Minocqua, 1897. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Hooper, C. W., ed.. Dr. D. B. Harvison of Star Lake..... [Minocqua Times, Feb. 11, 1897.] Minocqua, 1897. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Hooper, C. W., ed.. Dr. M. and Tom Harvison, of Star Lake, came.... [Minocqua Times, July 30, 1896] Minocqua, 1896. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Hooper, C. W., ed.. E. A. Williams, of Star Lake, spent.... [Minocqua Times, March 5, 1896] Minocqua, 1896. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Hooper, C. W., ed.. G. N. Richards of Star Lake..... [Minocqua Times, September 16, 1897] Minocqua, 1897. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Hooper, C. W., ed.. H. E. Salsich and W. J. Hewitt,.... [Minocqua Times, May 7, 1896] Minocqua, 1896. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Hooper, C. W., ed.. Henry Rein left for Star Lake. [Minocqua Times, December 3, 1896] Minocqua, 1896. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Hooper, C. W., ed.. J. F. Scholtz, of Star Lake, was arrested for selling liquor.... [Minocqua Times, March 12, 1896] Minocqua, 1896. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Hooper, C. W., ed.. Jack Manning is surveying.... [Minocqua Times, November 20, 1895] Minocqua, 1895. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Hooper, C. W., ed.. Jas. Server of Star Lake..... [Minocqua Times, March 11, 1897] Minocqua, 1897. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Hooper, C. W., ed.. John Harvison, of Star Lake, visited.... [Minocqua Times, October 15, 1896.] Minocqua, 1896. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Hooper, C. W., ed.. Killed at Star Lake. [Minocqua Times, October 14, 1897] Minocqua, 1897. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Hooper, C. W., ed.. M. E. Monsell of Rhinelander..... [Minocqua Times, Feb. 25, 1897] Minocqua, 1897. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Hooper, C. W., ed.. Martin Winger of Star Lake..... [Minocqua Times, March 11, 1897] Minocqua, 1897. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Hooper, C. W., ed.. Miss Schilling, who is teaching school..... [Minocqua Times, Jan. 7, 1897.] Minocqua, 1897. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Hooper, C. W., ed.. Mr. and Mrs. Roy Brasted left Tuesday..... [Minocqua Times, July 15, 1897] Minocqua, 1897. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Hooper, C. W., ed.. Rev. D. C. Savage will hold services..... [Minocqua Times, August 26, 1897] Minocqua, 1897. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Hooper, C. W., ed.. Rev. D. C. Savage will preach at Star Lake..... [Minocqua Times, June 3, 1897] Minocqua, 1897. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Hooper, C. W., ed.. Roy Brasted of Star Lake.... [Minocqua Times, November 25, 1897] Minocqua, 1897. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Hooper, C. W., ed.. S. Harrington, of Star Lake, spent.... [Minocqua Times, April 23, 1896] Minocqua, 1896. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Hooper, C. W., ed.. Star Lake. [Minocqua Times November 20, 1895.] Minocqua, 1895. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Hooper, C.W., ed.. Miss Nellie Reardon..... [Minocqua Times, April 1, 1897] Minocqua, 1897. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Idler. Star Lake Breezes. [Minocqua Times, April 16, 1896] Minocqua, 1896. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Idler. Star Lake Breezes. [Minocqua Times, May 7, 1896] Minocqua, 1896. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Idler. Star Lake Breezes. [Minocqua Times, May 21, 1896] Minocqua, 1896. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Idler. Star Lake Breezes. [Minocqua Times, June 18, 1896] Minocqua, 1896. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Idler. Star Lake Breezes. [Minocqua Times, April 2, 1896] Minocqua, 1896. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Idler. Star Lake Breezes. [Minocqua Times, March 26, 1896] Minocqua, 1896. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Idler. Star Lake Breezes. [Minocqua Times, April 30, 1896] Minocqua, 1896. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Idler. Star Lake Breezes. [Minocqua Time, March 19, 1896] Minocqua, 1896. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Idler. Star Lake Breezes. [Minocqua Times, April 23, 1896] Minocqua, 1896. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Sprayer. Star Lake Sprays. [Minocqua Times, December 4, 1895.] Minocqua, 1895. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Sprayer. Star Lake Sprays. [Minocqua Times, July 24, 1895] Minocqua, 1895. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Sprayer. Star Lake Sprays. [Minocqua Times June 5, 1895.] Minocqua, 1895. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Sprayer. Star Lake Sprays. [Minocqua Times, June 12, 1895] Minocqua, 1895. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Sprayer. Star Lake Sprays. [Minocqua Times January 8, 1896] Minocqua, 1896. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Wisconsin, Bank Examiner of the State and Private Banks of Wisconsin. Black River Falls--Jackson County Bank. [Fifth Annual Report, 1900] Madison, 1900. View Full Entry

    Minor References

    Hooper, C. W., ed.. Dr. D. B. Harvison, of Star Lake, visited.... [Minocqua Times, December 18, 1895] Minocqua, 1895. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Hooper, C. W., ed.. Dr. Harvison, of Star Lake, was in the city..... [Minocqua Times, September 17, 1896] Minocqua, 1896. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Hooper, C. W., ed.. L. H. Little was selling pictures..... [Minocqua Times, May 20, 1897] Minocqua, 1897. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Hooper, C. W., ed.. M. E. Monsell returned from Star Lake.... [Minocqua Times, January 23, 1896] Minocqua, 1896. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Hooper, C. W., ed.. Mrs. John Harvison, of Star Lake, died.... [Minocqua Times, August 27, 1896] Minocqua, 1896. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Hooper, C. W., ed.. Star Lake is the banner town for Republican votes.... [Minocqua Times, November 5, 1896] Minocqua, 1896. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Hooper, C. W., editor. Dr. M. M. Harvison, of Star Lake made us a pleasant call..... [Minocqua Times, April 9, 1896] Minocqua, 1896. View Full Entry (Full text available)
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