Mort Cook

Mort Cook’s father, L.J. Cook, first came to Eagle River in the spring of 1883. He and his partner, George Dickinson, were looking for a new location for their general merchandise store. They knew that the railroad was coming to town and the logging business was booming. …

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Dave Frankel

Dave Frankel and his wife, Estelle

Dave Frankel was a true entrepreneur before the word was popular. Dave was born in Eagle River in 1887 to Mose and Caroline Frankel, both born in Russia. The date they arrived in Eagle River is not certain but Mose operated a dry goods store on Wall Street about 1900. …

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Isle of B

Dr. Wendell D. Neville patented the Isle of B in October of 1903. To patent land from the United States government, you must fill out federal paperwork, send it off to Washington and have the sitting president sign the patent deed. …

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Rose Marie Weil

Rose Marie Weil was a woman ahead of her time.  She was both a military veteran and a trained nurse during World War I.

She was born in Chicago in 1890.  Her father was an immigrant from Bavaria, …

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Frank Wellington Carter

Frank Carter Sr was born in Eagle River on February 3, 1892, the first born to Lester and Geneva (McIntyre) Carter. After high school (1910) he taught at Bohemian School for one year and then attended Marquette Law School. …

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Finn Lawler

Finn Lawler, one of the best-known pioneers in Vilas County, was born in New Brunswick, Canada in 1849. He left Canada at the age of 18 and arrived in Wisconsin three years later. After a series of jobs in Oshkosh, …

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Carl Schels

Carl K. Schels was born in Germany in 1906. He had a third grade education when he arrived in the United States at the age of 14 but that didn’t stop him from living an enterprising life. …

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Ed Kracht

E.W. Kracht

Few Wisconsin educators have remained principal in the same high school as long as the legendary Ed Kracht.

When Kracht retired in 1959 he had just finished his 37th year as principal of Eagle River High School. …

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Henry Ashby

Henry Ashby

Eagle River’s First Black Resident

Henry Ashby was born into slavery August 1832 in Chariton County, MO. Henry was one of eight boys and three girls, one of the girls dying at a young age. …

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Herman Finger

Herman Finger

Herman Finger was born in 1856, in Brookfield, Wisconsin, the sixth of ten children of newly-settled German immigrants. His family lived in Milwaukee for seven years, after which they moved to Outagamie County settling in the wilds near New London, …

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