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Antigo Island, Pelican Lake, Wisconsin

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Pelican Lake, pier from Antigo Island



Antigo Island is a wooded, 23-acre island at the south end of Pelican Lake with a single main path around its perimeter.

Some relics of a former Ojibwe village were found on the island as well as some Indian mounds which predated the Ojibwe.

In 1896, eleven prominent citizens of Antigo, formed the Antigo Island Club. The mission was “To purchase grounds, erect buildings thereon, to own and have such boats and other paraphernalia as the club shall from time to time see fit to own.”

The club came into possession of the land by quit claim deed of $550. The club started with 12 incorporators with 24 additional owners elected within the first year. Club members were issued stock certificates and allotted parcels of land 20 feet wide which they could clear and erect a tent or cottage. In addition to 18 cottages and several boathouses, there was a club house and a janitor’s cottage.

Honorary Mayor of Antigo Island was bestowed on Leonard Guth Sr. of Pelican Lake[1]

Club Members

  • The first janitor, Ed Resing, was hired in 1897 for $300 per year.
  • Thomas Lynch, Antigo’s first mayor
  • Rev. Saille, of St. John’s Catholic Church in 1893
  • F.J. Finucane, the first municipal judge of Langlade County
  • J.J. Kingsbury
  • Arthur J. Kingsbury Renowned Antigo photographer (many picture postcards)
  • Valentine Phillip Rath, 1860-1941 Elected to the Wisconsin State Legislature as an Assemblyman[2]
  • Joann Erickson (1928-1016) & her brother[3]
  • Erwin John Plesko (1929-2013)[4]
  • Anne Benson Ebert (?-1919) & Family[5]
  • Edith and Alfred Sommer[6]
  • Thomas J. Ebert MD - President, Treasurer[7]
  • Edmund R. Fowler (1928-2017)[8]


Cottage #18 "Breezy Point" is on the southeast end of Antigo Island. Built at the turn of the century by or for Charles Bartlett, conductor for Chicago and Northwestern Railway.[10]


  1. Rhinelander-daily-news-aug-16-1968-p-4
  2. http://rathfamily.net/whoweare/VP.html
  3. Joann Erickson
  4. Erwin John Plesko
  5. Anne Benson Ebert - guestbook
  6. Richard Sommer
  7. CURRICULUM VITAE Thomas J. Ebert MD, PhD
  8. Edmund Ed Fowler
  9. Katherine Kautzer
  10. Zillow


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