White Birch Lodge

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    Wilsie's White Birch Lodge was located on White Birch Lake. It operated for years under that name, owned and developed by Pat Wilsie. The earliest date found on the web for Wilsie's White Birch Lodge as 1942. However, nobody opened a resort in 1942, and few opened during the depression. I would guess (can anybody help here?) that it opened in the teens or twenties. Some time in the fifties, Pat Wilsie opened Aqualand across Highway K from the lodge.

    The lodge was sold in 1962 and became Motel-in-the-Woods.

    Carol Ackerson came with her family to the lodge beginning in 1942. The family continued as guests into the Motel-in-the-Woods years. In 1981 Carol and her husband Dick Malmgren purchsed the property and reopened it as White Birch Village. Since they purchased the Aqualand property across the road and have incorporated it into White Birch Village, using the structures on the property as part of the resort.

    Charles P. Forbes
    March 5, 2012
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    Major References

    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 Entry
    Malmgren, Carol. History of White Birch Village. [Ballard-Irving-White Birch Lakes Assn, Summer 2020 Newsletter, P. 6] Star Lake, 2020. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Sayner-Star Lake Chamber of Commerce. Star Lake, Wisconsin. [Annual Tourist Brochure] Sayner, 2008. View Full Entry
    Sayner-Star Lake Chamber of Commerce. White Birch Village. [In: Sayner Star Lake, Wisconsin, Annual Chamber of Commerce Brochure, 1985 edition.] Sayner, 1985. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    White Birch Lodge. Classified Advertisement; Heading: Star Lake. [Wisconsin Land of Lakes Magazine, August, 1929] Rhinelander, 1929. View Full Entry
    Zani, Andrea. Road Trip Revival. [Wisconsin Natural Resources, Vol. 41, #4, August 2017, p. 2] Madison, 2017. View Full Entry (Full text available)

    Minor References

    Anderson, "Buckshot". Legends of the Lakes. Eagle River, 2006. View Full Entry
    Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad. Northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. [Brochure] Chicago, 1934. View Full Entry
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    Pat Wilsie was President of the Association in 1960, according to a note in Backward Glances" Vilas County News-Review, December 22, 2010.