Lake Mildred and Clear Lake History
LAKE MILDRED & CLEAR LAKE HISTORY NOTES

LMPOA is beginning to assemble a history of Lake Mildred, Clear Lake and the surrounding area, and hope to present some of that information here.  If you have historical information or photos of our area, we would love to have copies or to hear about it.  Please submit info to our lake historian:    Germaine Jonesi, 7133 Lakeland Dr, Rhinelander  WI  54501. 

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PRESENTED TO THE ASSOCIATION MEETING ON 9/2/17

21 APRIL 2009  MESSAGE FROM GERMAINE JONESI - LAKE MILDRED HISTORIAN

WHO WAS LAKE MILDRED NAMED AFTER?
I have been continuing my research into this little mystery.  Recently I received a letter dated 24 March 2009 from a Mary-Anne Hansen Collins, a granddaughter of Peter Kurtzweil, a timber baron/timber cruiser in Rhinelander from 1908-1943, whose first born daughter was named Bernice Mildred, and still living at age 103.  Ms Collins says that Bernice Mildred is her mother, and that the naming of Lake Mildred after her mother has always been in their family history.

In researching Peter Kurtzweil, I have found in his 1943 obituary (and census data) that he came to Rhinelander in 1908.  Most of the land around Lake Mildred was purchased from 1871 to 1897.  I believe that since Peter Kurtzweil didn't come to Rhinelander until 1908 that Lake Mildred was more probably named by Eugene Shepard after his first wife.  I have found a very early plat book from the turn of the century which shows Lake Mildred listed.
LAKE MILDRED "HISTORY REPORT" FROM HISTORIAN GERMAINE JONESI

Hi Lake Mildred Property Owners:

As you know, in May 2005 we sent out a survey to every property owner on the lake with the spring newsletter. So far, I have 78 completed forms out of 97 owners.

I have found out that there are102 homes on the lake. Five people own 2 homes. One property has no postal address or building on it. It is a small parcel at the southeast section of the lake. There is also one owner with two homes at the same address. There are about 33 year round residents.

The lake was surveyed on July 24, 1863. Mark your calendars "Happy Birthday Lake Mildred". On April 1, 1871 the first patent was issued for land on the lake. At that time the government sold 40 acres for $50 !!!
In 1936 there was a lake survey done by the now DNR which shows 1 resort. In 1940 another survey was done which shows 1 resort and 3 dwellings.

Fish planting started in 1934 but not much stocking was done due to the lake not having any public access. Frank & Estelle Rickwalski sold the public access land on Jan. 4, 1980 for $10,000. The 1987-1988 Fiscal Year Project Status Report from the DNR states the public access was completed.

I have had two stories related to me about how the lake got its name. First: Named after the surveyor's mother. Second: Named after a timber barons daughter. I am still checking it out but may never really know.

In 1989 the water level was extremely low (see the picture in photos). People could walk around the lake shoreline and not get wet. Four families got together to see if they could move some of the rocks to open up the area by the narrows. Measurements were taken and a permit was requested from the DNR. They brought in a backhoe through one of the properties and around the bay to the point and moved some of the rocks. Several weeks after the job was completed a letter from the DNR came stating that since they were not removing anything from the lake no permit was required.

The bay by the narrows has no official name but has been called by several names. Carl Cory called it "Clair's Bay" after his mother. His children called it "Spooky Bay" because it always seemed colder then other parts of the lake. Others also call it "Ice Box Bay". The legend is that 2 lumberjacks were partying and fell asleep on the ice. They froze to death and their ghosts are still there. One resident has said that he has seen the ghosts.

There are two sunken boats in the lake. One is in the bay at the southeast end of the lake and the other is southwest shoreline between the last two homes on Lake Mildred Parkway.

I have also been informed that there is possibly a car in the lake by the public access. We have asked a diver who lives on the lake to check it out for us. He might do it in the spring when the lake clarity is at its best. I will let you know what happens.

I have other bits-n-pieces about the lake history and still have some research to do but I am very pleased and thankful to all the helpful people who have been giving me a little history about the lake. If you think of anything please let me know. Thanks again!!!

Germaine Jonesi
7133 Lakeland Dr.
282-7133

CLEAR LAKE HISTORY
BELOW IS THE MATERIAL SUBMITTED TO THE ASSOCIATION MEETING ON 9/2/17
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