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  • #30824

    Catfish
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    Thank you “Old Scout” . That was it, The White Barn. Surely wasn’y my hangout either. Didn’t do any bar hopping , but went there to see “The Monroe Doctrine”. They were great and that was , ‘what a nite’. I thought I saw God and the Martians that nite. Oh , those were the days, 41 years ago, and look at me now.

    #30825

    kmartell
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    Catfish….saw Martians, eh? Maybe a few too many dips into the Electric Kool Aid bowl πŸ˜†

    #30826

    Catfish
    Member

    I’m afraid so!

    #30827

    Ackman
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    We have an old telephone switchboard that we believe to be from the old Red Arrow Lodge. It has several cabin names on it that are all freshwater fish, native to the WI waters. There’s also connections for the Starlite Dining, beach, big house, laundry, etc. If anyone has any info that can help confirm this, PLEASE contact us throught here. Any & all pictures would be greatly appreciated, too!!! THANKS MUCH!!!

    #30828

    tacrecon15
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    My foggy memories of Red Arrow and Deer Trail Lodges.
    The turn off to Red Arrow was almost directly across from Forrest City School (now a Town of King facility?). The owners of Red Arrow were Duane and Ruth Krull (sp?) and they had a daughter named Dee Anna (sp?) who graduated from the old Tomahawk High School (since burned down) in the late 50’s or early 60’s. Her father supposedly drove her to school in a new Cadillac which was rumored to prompt many discussions at school. Duane hired a Native American named Domingo and a genuine cowboy named Curly, both from California. Domingo was pretty heavy set, Curly looked like a traditional slender cowboy and they both worked the horses that Duane had. I also believe Duane had one of the first 4WD pickups I ever saw, an International, red in color. My Mother worked for Duane as a cook in the mid 50’s and Duane let me ride one of the many bicycles that Red Arrow had. Then one day Duane caught me doing a slide with the brake locked – at that time it was the worst butt chewing I ever had. Later on Duane hired another Californian named Gil, who also worked the horses. He and Duane later went their separate ways. Gil started his own horse outfit at the corner of County Trunk A and Pine Shore Lane. One of the winter caretakers at Red Arrow was a family named Roland and Mable Bouchard (sp?) and a daughter named Louise. Roland was a dedicated fisherman and hunter – one of his rifles was an M1 carbine. I believe he was a WWII Army veteran with Purple Heart who served in Europe.

    I have vague recollection of going to a church sponsored toboggan run at Deer Trail – does anyone recall a toboggan run? I also recall a fire at Deer Trail but don’t remember when.

    #30829

    Russell
    Member

    Old postcards of Deer Trail Lodge, as well as other sites, can usually be found on eBay.

    http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=heafford+junction&_sacat=0&_odkw=%22deer+trail+lodge%22&_osacat=0&_trksid=p3286.c0.m270.l1313

    There is even one currently of the old toboggan run someone mentioned.

    I’ve purchased several picture postcards of The Windmill over the years, posted on their website.

    The history of these old resorts is fascinating. As a realtor in Tomahawk in the early 1990s, I had the opportunity to go through the lodge at the Red Arrow. It was surreal as I recall all the tables were set: tablecloths, dinnerware, silverware, etc, although it hadn’t been used in years.

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    #30830

    Themacs
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    My parents bought a house around the bend to the west of Red Arrow in the 70’s. I have many memories of Red Arrow. My parents actually bought the pontoon that Duane cruised around the lake with people staying at the resort. The bar was opened up after the resort closed for good. It was sooo wierd looking around. Upstairs from the bar the tables were still set up, with salt and pepper and the red and white checked table clothes. It was as if they were going to serve meals again. It was like this for years. I have tons of postcards from Red Arrow. I have lodging pamphlets, napkins etc.
    Talked to my dad and some Tomahawk natives, they do think the cabins were named after fish. There actually is still one cabin standing. More to the East side of the property.
    If you have anymore questions, let me know. I will try to get them answered. BTW…we are looking through our many pic’s trying to locate a switchboard.

    #30831

    maryjane
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    We spent many wonderful vacations at Red Arrow Lodge in the 1950’s. I remember Duane taking everyone for rides in his really fast speed boat, the square dancing in the parking lot and becoming members of “The Order of the Arrow” and receiving spears with feathers and Indian headdresses. At the beginning of each week a table changing card game would be held in the recreation room next to the bar to meet the other families that you would be vacationing with. I also remember the red and white table cloths and the menus posted on the blackboard for each meal….the food was great. You sat at the same table for every meal marked by a paper teepee with feathers and your families name on it.

    Every week they would have a shuffle board tournament which my grandparents loved! I enjoyed playing with Deanna in the little log playhouse next to the main building, swimming, riding the horses and fishing with my grandfather in a rowboat Once during the week a small sea plane would come to give rides to the vacationers. That was my first time in a plane and I loved it! The worst part of the whole week were all the mosquitoes buzzing around your head in the cabins. We returned to Red Arrow in the late 1960’s with our two sons and enjoyed one last vacation there.

    #30832

    Buzz
    Member

    Seems like several people have fond memories of Mr. Duane L. Krull and the Red Arrow Lodge –
    a nice resort that I’m sure many, many customers enjoyed over the years.

    Regarding the 600-700 acre Moodig farm he procured by other than a straightforward RE
    transaction – rumor was that he wanted to transform the farm and 3 lake area in the back
    woods into a “gentlemen’s” ranch or farm – or was it simply because he had advance
    knowledge that the new portion of Highway 51 would cut through the farm and make it
    worth far more than he paid (do your research and you will find out what I mean)!
    BTW, that silo and RR car near the shores of Smith Lake, were established by the Moodig
    Bros., not Mr Krull.

    #30833

    caroljb
    Member

    My husband and I spent our honeymoon at Red Arrow Lodge July of 1970. I sure would love to see some of the memorbilia such as post cards or brochures, pictures, etc. Anyone looking to sell any of theirs?

    I remember the group meals and tables with tepees and feathers, still have ours. Also remember the maid walking in when we hadn’t gone to breakfast…:-0 and the daddy long legs falling off the door sil and in the tub! There was a big raft in the water and we went on a water tobaggon ride and fished, watched movies and saw the biggest moth I have ever seen, probably 6 inch wing span or more. Very fond memories of the place.

    #30834

    Stenitschke
    Member

    My grandpa bought the entire resort and all of the land when I was a young boy. He built 2 cabins right on lake Alice where the main resort used to stand, an old truck still sits in the woods behind the cabin, and also one old cabin is still left standing. I’ve been in it a few times, old bike and guitar and beds. Very eerie, I am very interested in the history, and would like to no more about it, I heard some celebrities and gangsters used to stay there once in a while

    #30835

    GIGIKAHN
    Member

    To All Readers,
    My Grandfather, Albert Kahn, built the Red Arrow Lodge and cabins, calling it Al Kahn’s Resort. During WWII, he had to sell the resort because he had no one to help him run it. Duane Krowell (sp?) purchased it and renamed it the Red Arrow Lodge.
    The KAHN family will be highlighted this summer at the local museum on Washington Avenue, a log cabin that Al Kahn and another local businessman built together.
    If anyone can help me with photos, facts, and other memorabilia, I would be ever grateful! Please call me at 715-453-5396 or or email me at gigikahn@hotmail.com. Thanks in advance for any help.

    Sincerely,
    Gigi Kahn-Bowles

    #30836

    stvandrsn
    Member

    My family vacationed almost every year from when I was 5 or 6 until I was 15. That would have been 1958-1968, I think. My father was a excellent fisherman and Mr Krull would let him go over to his property and private lake across Cty A and just a short distance down the road. If my dad fished Lake Alice he always took his casting rod and went for Northern’s and Muskie in golf course bay. We played golf at the golf course on A. My parents saved religiously to pay for this yearly vacation, since meals were provided. My mom still gets Christmas cards from people they met there 40-50 yrs ago. The Krulls, since they were from Calf had connections to Hollywood so the movies on Tuesday and Thursday were features like Hitari and The Greatest Show on Earth. The Handyman/Bartender man Clarence, can’t remember his last name, was a good friend. Monday night was game night so people could meet, I think it was bunko, and one or two nights I think was dancing, square and ballroom.

    I Googled Duane Krull he lived to be 97. Ruth Krull died when she was 84. If you Google Duane Krull Calf there is a pic of their gravestone. I did not find Deanna Krull as I don’t remember her husbands name. I remember the big Cadillac they drove and he obsessed over his speedboats. He would pick up guests flying in to Rhinelander airport.

    In 1971, I worked there for the summer. A lot different working there than being there as a guest. Each week we would see the people come on Sat or Sunday and were tired and grumpy. On Monday they were in a good mood, a little rested and finally realized they were on vacation. One week we have what they found out to be ladies of the evening. The workers we had a blast and we had some interesting times. We were fed poorly and cheaply but never went hungry. I cleaned and gutted a lot of bluegills and sunfish 😑

    There is a post about a switchboard, yes there was one in their apartment which was off the lodge dining room. Mrs. Krull manned that thing night and day. She hardly ever left the switchboard. She had a giant planner sheet next to her for scheduling cabins and guests. People even called around midnight sometimes. They answered!

    If they took down the lodge, someone had to save the bar. The lodge should have been a landmark in that area.

    Lets see I got the mumps there one year and I think I got one kind of measles also one week.

    Questions?

    #30837

    Buzz
    Member

    Seems like several people have fond memories of Mr. Duane L. Krull and the Red Arrow Lodge –
    a nice resort that I’m sure many, many customers enjoyed over the years.

    Regarding the 600-700 acre Moodig farm he procured by other than a straightforward RE
    transaction – rumor was that he wanted to transform the farm and 3 lake area in the back
    woods into a “gentlemen’s” ranch or farm – or was it simply because he had advance
    knowledge that the new portion of Highway 51 would cut through the farm and make it
    worth far more than he paid (do your research and you will find out what I mean)!
    BTW, that silo and RR car near the shores of Smith Lake, were established by the Moodig
    Bros., not Mr Krull. Does the name – Alice Johnson, August 1964, Taycheedah ring a bell !

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