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    Williams, Salsich and Co. the logging company that developed Star Lake established a hotel on a high point above the east end of the north bay of the lake. It is clear from contemporary articles in the Minocqua Times that the hotel opened in the summer of 1895. The first reference to the hotel in the Times was on June 5, 1895, and said, "The new hotel is fast reaning completion and will soon be ready to receive guests." Times The following week the Times stated, "Geo. Powell, traveling salesman for Williams Salsich & Co. is here [Star Lake]. He will have charge of the new hotel when it opens, which will be soon." Times

    The hotel had opened, under the name "Waldheim" by July 17, because the Minocqua Times lists registered guests by that date. Times July 24, 1895

    Charles P. Forbes
    August 28, 2009
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    Comprehensive References

    Star Lake, Eagle River Review, May 23, 1895. p. 5, Eagle River, 1895. View Full Entry
    Chicago and North Western Railway, Hunting and Fishing Resorts of Northern Wisconsin and Michigan reached by the Chicago and North Western Railway [Map], Chicago, 1916. View Full Entry

    Major References

    Burg and Storozuk, Route of the North Woods Hiawatha, Merrill, 2010. View Full Entry
    Hooper, C. W., ed., Star Lake, Minocqua Times November 20, 1895., Minocqua, 1895. View Full Entry
    Hotel Waldheim, Recreation Rest and Health, Northern Wisconsin, Eagle River, 1908. View Full Entry
    Idler, Star Lake Breezes, Minocqua Times, May 21, 1896, Minocqua, 1896. View Full Entry
    Idler, Star Lake Breezes, Minocqua Times, April 2, 1896, Minocqua, 1896. View Full Entry
    Idler, Star Lake Breezes, Minocqua Times, June 18, 1896, Minocqua, 1896. View Full Entry
    Laabs, Joyce, Looking Back: Sonny and Frances [Herrick] Remember, Lakeland Times, Extra, Friday, June 20, 2008, Section 3, p. 1 & 23., Minocqua, 2008. View Full Entry
    Sprayer, Star Lake Sprays, Minocqua Times January 8, 1896, Minocqua, 1896. View Full Entry
    Sprayer, Star Lake Sprays, Minocqua Times, July 24, 1895, Minocqua, 1895. View Full Entry
    Sprayer, Star Lake Sprays, Scrobell, Early Times, 1988; Orig. Minocqua Times May 8, 1895, Minocqua, 1988. View Full Entry
    Sprayer, Star Lake Sprays, Minocqua Times, June 12, 1895, Minocqua, 1895. View Full Entry
    Sprayer, Star Lake Sprays, Minocqua Times June 5, 1895., Minocqua, 1895. View Full Entry
    Sprayer, Star Lake Sprays, Minocqua Times, December 4, 1895., Minocqua, 1895. View Full Entry

    Minor References

    Gould, F[rank] A., Star Lake, Wisconsin, Forty Years Old December, 1934, The Milwaukee [Railroad] Magazine, January, 1935., Milwaukee, 1935. View Full Entry
    Idler, Star Lake Breezes, Minocqua Times, May 7, 1896, Minocqua, 1896. View Full Entry
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    +++FOSTER REMEMBERS

    "Frances [Foster] was raised on Fish Trap Lake in Boulder Junction. Her paternal grandmother was a widow living in Minnesota when her son, Jesse [Foster], came to Star Lake to work in a lumber camp. He was just 14 years of age. He liked the ara, moved his mother and brothers, Frank [Foster] and Harold there. His mother found work cooking at the local hotel. Eventually she became postmaster at the two of Oxley, and later became the first postmaster in Boulder Junction." ##1496 Looking Back: Sonny and Frances Remember, Lakeland Times, June 20, 2008.## The local hotel would have been the Hotel Waldheim.