The main businesses in the Star Lake area are the resorts. From early in the twentieth century until late in the century they domiated the region, being the main reason that people came to the north country. However, toward the end of the century two things had changed: campgrounds and motels tended to dominate the tourist accommoation business, and the "American Plan" resort essentially died, being replaced by housekeeping arrangements. By the end of the century many resorts had closed, the properties either being sold off for private homes or the resorts turned into condominiums. Star Lake has seen similar changes, with North Star Lodge featuring housekeeping cottages, and the other resorts on the lake closing and being sold off as private cottages.
This histories of the resorts in Star Lake are arranged by lake--see the list to the left. However, note the following:
Stuth's Resort. I know this only by a postcard in my postcard college, postmarked 1948, that shows "Fireside Cottage, Stuth's Resort, Star Lake, Wis." The words "Star Lake" could refer to the lake or to the town, but I think is is more likely that it refers to the town. I know nothing more about this resort other than its "Fireside Cottage" was on a downhill slope with the front porch almost a whole storey above the ground, with a stairway leading to it. It could be on any of the local lakes. If anyone knows about "Stuth's Resort" please contact email@example.com.Charles P. ForbesMarch 5, 2009
Major References****. Fireside Cottage, Stuth's Resort, Star Lake, Wis.. [Postcard] . View Full Entry****. At the Summer Resorts, Star Lake. [The Inter Ocean, June 23, 1895.] . View Full Entry (Full text available)****. Region Full of Fish. [The Inter Ocean, June 29, 1913, p. 29.] Chicago, 1913. View Full Entry (Full text available)****. Trampers Trails. [Typed 4-page guide to Trampers Trails] Star Lake, n.d.. View Full Entry (Full text available)Ellerman, Cel. White Birch Lodge built in 1921 Has Interesting History. [Star Lake column, Vilas County News-Review, unk. date, 1963] Eagle River, 1963. View Full EntryMonilaw, W. J.. Letter, Monilaw at Camp Highlands to Warner at Warner's Resort. Sayner, n.d.. View Full Entry (Full text available)Wisconsin Historical Society Archives. Herbert and Bert Warner papers, 1900-1983. [Catalog entry, finding aid; downloaded 8/19/2005] Ashland, 2005. View Full Entry (Full text available)