Lofty Pines

History of original lands of Anderson estate

The following words are of the short history of the original 180 acres which included the properties of the Anderson estate, then becoming Lofty Pines.

We learned that the first ‘sale’ of the property to a private individual took place in July of 1888 to James Mooney and sold for $1.25 per acre totaling $225.00 for the entire 180 acres.  Lofty Pines Resort & R.V. Park are only 19 acres of this original 180.5 acres. This was the same year that Anderson (whom we knew very little about as of yet) was getting off a boat from Norway at the age of 8 years old, with his parents. He had survived the long trip to America while a brother and a sister died at sea on their way to this new land. As I searched the archives of the internet I came across the following news clipping on the very John Anderson that became the purchaser of the original Anderson Estate. Eventually to become the Lofty Pines property. (news clipping previously posted)
In 1892 the G.F. Sanborn Corporation of Home Investment Co. purchased the lands and then my husband noticed that twice (1902 and later) the 180.5 acres had been sold to the Wisconsin Blue Grass Land Co. and then bought back by the government. Looking into who these companies were we realized the lands were being sold for logging. The 19 acres that exist today as Lofty Pines, is a stand of virgin pines with some white and red pines over 150 years old. We speculate that this stand of pines were not accessible, surrounded by swampy low land, making Lofty Pines Resort & R.V. Park a dream to yet come true.

 

Who was John Anderson?

The following news article apeard in the early 1900's sharing the young life of our John Anderson, the original owner/builder of the estate, which is now Lofty Pines. This John Anderson was the owner of the lovely monogramed 'A' on the exterior granite chimney at the main lodge of Lofty Pines.

" Early Career in Chicago  (News Article on the life of John Anderson)
John Anderson was born in Voss, Norway, in 1836, one year before the first Scandinavian immigrant made Chircago his home. His father, Andrew Anderson, was a farmer and a carpenter and a man of ambition. He had heard favorable reports about America as a place for a poor man, and especially that Chicago was a promising town. He thought it was over, and decided that to Chicago he would go. When John was only 8 years old, Andrew, his wife Laura and thier three sons, of whom John was the oldest, set sail from Bergen. One of the boys died at sea and another in the East, so that when Andrew Anderson reached Chicago John was his only child.
Andrew brought a little money with him, and had no sooner arrived than he bought a lot on North Clark street, between Superior street and Chicago Av., from Willian B. Ogden for $210, which is now worth $25,000. On this lot he erected an eight-room frame building. He became naturalized and took a great interest in elections, but had only voted once when he was swept away by the cholera. John was then 12 years old, and the support of his mother and a baby sister devolved on him.
John was equal to the emergency. As considerable money was due on the lot and on the building, he went first to Mr. Ogden and then to the builders and offered to assume the debt. They were impressed with his manner and gave him all the time he wanted.  He rented out the greater part of the house, and then as a further source of income became the first apple peddler that Chicago had ever seen. When the apple trade became dull he worked in Clybourn's Butcher Market for six months. He then struck the lead which resulted in all his subsequent prosperity by becoming a newspaper carrier. In the meantime he had attended the Kinzie School for a year, which was the only schooling he ever received.
The first newspaper he served as a carrier was the Commercial Advertiser. Later he worked for the Argus, and when it was sold to the Deomocratic Press he continued with the newspaper. The Democratic Press was consolidated with the Chicago Tribune, with which John remained until 1866. In the meanwhile he had laboriously and secretly learned to set type. He developed a great talent for setting up 'ads' and was put in charge of that department of the paper. He held the 'ad case' for ten years, and made a good reputation and saved some money.
During these years Mr. Anderson had speculated in real estate and had become the owner of several lots and two houses. He then launched out as a newspaper publisher. A number of efforts had been made to establish a Norwegian newspaper in Chicago, but they all failed because the publishers were not prctical printers. A number of prominent Norwegians therefore appealed to Mr. Anderson to publish a Norwegian newspaper. He finally consented, and in 1866 established Skandinaven, putting into the enterprise all his real estate."

 

Spring 15' opens Plum Creek

~~“Plum Creek is a popular destination for stream trout fishing for brook and brown trout in central Vilas county. It runs for 5 miles downstream from Plum Lake until it reaches Big Saint Germain Lake and 4.5 miles of Plum Creek are currently classified as trout water; Class I from County Highway N downstream to N S line S7 and Class II from S N Line S7 downstream to County Highway C. The current angling regulations for Plum Creek is a category 2 regulation consisting of a 7-inch minimum for all trout species and a daily bag limit of 5 trout.
Past populations estimates have showed that Plum Creek has a good native brook trout population that is sustained by natural reproduction as well as a low-density brown trout population supported mainly through stocking of legal size (approximately 8 inches long) yearlings. Past populations estimates have shown some of these brown trout were also capable of reproducing in Plum Creek as evidenced by the presence of fingerling brown trout in years when no fingerling trout were stocked.”
Taken from DNR fishing documents of Plum Creek assessments of trout

We are so fortunate to have Plum Creek flow through our property on our west bank, making Lofty Pines a small peninsula with Big Saint Germain Lake pinning us in on the east and south banks.

First Moon Light Snow Shoe of 2015

A group of us enjoyed a first of the year moon light snow shoe on the Saint Germain Recreation Trails. It was one of the warmer evenings so we encountered some cloud cover, but certainly bright enough with head lamp gear. The woods was heavy laden with snow clinging to the pines, truly a winter wonder land to view in the depths of the woods late in the evening. Sherry and Tom Stecker (Pincherry Group) hosted the evening with drinks, snacks and great pulled pork sandwhiches smothered with coleslaw... maybe a bit more than we needed to hit the trail. By the time we finished our trek we felt invigorated by the cool evening air, playful enough to not want to go home... wanting to replace the calories we worked off with deserts of more chocolate than one should have. The snow is a wonderful toy to have in the winter, which proves enjoyable for all ages!

Roses from fall color leaves!

A new idea to enjoy the fall leaves as they come down. Choose several large colorful maple leaves. Holding the leaf by stem fold at a slight angle upper 1/3 of leaf away from you and down. Begin rolling the leaf with fold on the inside in a tight roll, and then less tight as you finish the roll. Choose another colorful leaf with the same fold and continue the less tight roll. Use green nursery tape to secure the stems together. A truly pretty flower can be formed.

Bring on the Turkey!

As Lofty Pines gets quiet we often see turkey moving about, but oh so skiddish. One afternoon as I was putting away lawn furniture I walked onto my deck to see this family slowly move along Plum Creek. I was sure my movement would send them flying, however, I was able to get my camera and catch them as they strolled through the playground along Plum Creek.

Fall color has arrived at Lofty Pines!

Lofty Pines is full of color and wonderful smells of autumn. One never has to go far to see an amazing collection and variety of color. This year the reds and oranges are most vibrant with yellows coming on late. As usual Lofty Pines holds one of the most colorful shorelines on Big St. Germain Lake.   

Early morning fisherman on Big St. Germain lake.

Sunrise on Big St. Germain Lake, in early August was spectacular for Joanne Buckley, a guest at Lofty Pines. Joanne is an early riser, use to taking a train commute into the center the city of Chicago every day. Here in the north woods she still rises early to sunrises, lake scenes, bird and animal life that are quietly waiting to be noticed and enjoyed by mankind! Thank you Joanne for sharing this gorgeous photo.

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