One of our goals today was to learn more about Bob's family ties in Sayner/Plum Lake, Wisconsin. The place we started was Plum Lake Golf Course (PLGC).
Bob's cousin, Suzy, told him Doc Alton (Bob's great uncle) had plaques in the clubhouse honoring him with Golf Memorial Tournaments in his name. We found them!
Information in quotes from the book One Hundred Years at Plum Lake Golf Club: "Doc taught golf at PLGC and he had many students out at the town ballpark hitting 7 irons and 9 irons, determined to get players out on the course knowing how to play the game. In addition, he served on the PLGC Board from 1974-1981. He was employed by the Interwoven Sock Co. and volunteered at the Vilas County Historical Society." Bob's Uncle Lloyd was employed as a caddy for the summer of 1949 at PLGC. Bob's Dad had also worked as a caddy at PLGC.
|Doc Alton Memorial Champion plaques|
|Golf club sun porch view of Plum Lake|
At the Golf Club, we hung out by Plum Lake for a bit, taking photos, enjoying the fall colors, and watching mergansers and a loon on the lake.
|A family of mergansers enjoying a warm fall day at the lake.|
|Paradise (AKA Goodspeed) Island in Plum Lake|
|Bob at Plum Lake|
|Bob with Paradise Island in the center.|
|Bob hanging out with the spirit of his ancestors|
|Me in front of Plum Lake Golf Club Clubhouse|
|Singer treadle sewing machine (how I learned to sew)|
|Old typewriters (how I learned to type!)|
|Old washtubs (thankfully I never had to use those)|
|Flapper-era dresses (before my time)|
|Raccoon pelt coat|
|Satin wedding dress|
|Loom and spinning equipment (for you Karen Pfundtner!)|
|Real birchbark canoe|
|Birchbark canoe had this note on it.|
|Original 1924 sled by Carl Eliason|
|The only snowmobile you could sit on.|
|Muskies, walleye, pike...lots of fighting game fish|
|Bob's great-grandfather, his grandfather and great uncles|
|Ernest and Cora Alton built The Woodlands Resort at Plum Lake (Sayner)|
|The Woodlands Resort in Sayner, WI|
|This was Doc's house in Sayner|
|A number of Altons are buried in Plum Lake Cemetery|
|Office at The Woodlands Resort|
|Camp Highlands for Boys|
It was getting on toward evening, so we shopped for hot dogs, hot dog buns, and some fruit. When we returned to the 5th wheel, we started a campfire and while that was heating up, we did four loads of laundry at Lynn Ann's Campground. Dinner was campfire-grilled hotdogs and four-bean salad. I should mention our temperature today was about 76 degrees.
What a great day!