Town of Plum Lake

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    The Town of Plum Lake was established in April, 1911. Plum Lake, and Olson, V. It contains two townsites, Sayner and Star Lake, neither of which is incorporated nor has a legal existence, except as sites of post offices. Because the name Plum Lake is otherwise simply the name of a lake, not a town, the Chamber of Commerce sometimes refers to the "Sayner-Star Lake Area", but that has no legal meaning. The township has a town board consisting of three members, one of whom is the Town Chairman. The township employs a clerk, and has an office in Sayner.

    The two articles in the Vilas County News-Review, cited above, disagree on the date of establshment. Olson, V. states April 11, 1911; Plum Lake states April 1, 1911. It goes on to state: "The town of Plum Lake, which encompasses the Vilas County communities of Sayner and Star Lake, officially was created by an ordinance passed by the Vilas County Board Jan. 5, 1911. The ordinance went into effect April 1, 1911, creatiing the new town from teerritory detached from the town of Arbor Vitae."

    The article continues: "The first Plum Lake town meeting was held in Sayner April 14, 1911."

    Charles P. Forbes
    March 6, 2001
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    ****. Plum Lake to Celebrate Centennial on April 9 [2011]. [Vilas County News Review, March 23, 2011, p. 6.] Eagle River, 2011. View Full Entry
    ****. Paid Clean Boats/Clean Waters Coordinator To Be On Duty in 2010. [Our Lakes, 2:1, Spring 2010, p. 1.] Sayner, 2010. View Full Entry
    ****. Plum Lake [Town] Sets Meeting on Lake Management Plan. [Vilas County News Review, July 5, 2017, p. 7A.] Eagle River, 2017. View Full Entry
    Chicago, University of, Library. Guide to the Thomas W. Goodspeed Papers 1865-1927. [University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Centers, Finding Aids] Chicago, 2006. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Jopek, Brian. Plum Lake Moves ATV Ordinance Draft Forward. [Lakeland Times, July 13, 2018, pp. 5 & 26.] Minocqua, 2018. View Full Entry
    Krueger, Kurt. Town Erects AIS Signage at Entrances to Plum Lake. [Vilas County News-Review, Aug. 27, 2008, 3A] Eagle River, 2000. View Full Entry
    Olson, Veronica. Plum Lake to Seek Loan for Fire Truck, Equipment. Other Business.. [Vilas County News-Review, Feb. 16, 2011.] Eagle River, 2011. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Plum Lake, Town of. Our Lakes. [1:1 (2009)] Sayner, 2009. View Full Entry
    Plum Lake, Town of. Planning for a Town-Wide Lake Management Plan. [Press Release, June 30, 2017] Sayner, 2017. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Plum Lake, Town of. General Zoning Map. Eagle River, WI, 1998. View Full Entry
    Sayner-Star Lake Chamber of Commerce. Town of Plum Lake Rearing Pond[s]. [In: Sayner Star Lake, Wisconsin, Annual Chamber of Commerce Brochure, 1996-1997 edition.] Sayner, 1996. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Sethness, Edward. History of Big Muskellunge Lake. Woodruff, 1978. View Full Entry
    Smalley, Martha, compiler. Guide to the Records of the Standard Bible Committee, Record Group 70. [Yale Divinity School Library, Guides to Record Groups] New Haven, CT, 1952. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Splitt, Frank. Town of Plum Lake's Sinage Initiative. [Our Lakes, Vol. 1, #2, Summer, 2009, p. 3] Sayner, 2009. View Full Entry
    Vilas County News-Review. Vilas County News-Review's 2009 Headwaters Area Guide. [Published Annually] Eagle River, 2009. View Full Entry
    Wikipedia. Thomas W. Goodspeed. [Downloaded, July 17, 2017, from the German Wikipedia page; machine translated.] San Francisco, 2017. View Full Entry (Full text available)

    Minor References

    ****. Plum Lake Supervisor Wins National Honor. [Vilas County News-Review, Aug. 24, 1994. P.4.] Eagle River, 1994. View Full Entry
    ****. Plum Lake Electors. [Vilas County News Review, Sept. 2, 2020, P. 9B] Eagle River, 2020. View Full Entry
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    Wallace Akey, one of the town supervisors, received the American Community Leadership Award (second place) from the National Association of Towns and Townships. The award came with a prize of $1,000 for local government use. Cited in the ##1767 Vilas County News## and then mentioned in Backward Glances in 1999.


    The Star Lake column in the //Vilas County News-Review//, June 22, 1939, written by Mrs. Ole Rismon: "Town Board met at the town hall Monday evening."