A week or so ago, Dale and I headed up north to White Lake, Wisconsin for a memorial service for one of his Aunts. After the service we were talking to his cousin Jane and she reminded us that the Depot Museum was open. So we decided to stop in for a look-see, especially as we donate to the museum to help keep it open.
My particular interest in going regarded a recent find in my V. H. and Gertrude John research. I have learned that the family lived in White Lake for at least 4 years. While there Victor was a cashier at the White Lake State Bank, which he helped to start. The bank most likely was started because of the opening of the While Lake Mill, part of the Yawkey Bissell lumber industry. And the Johns most likely knew the Yawkeys and Bissells when they lived in Wabeno in the early 1900s.
Dale didn’t believe me when I told him about the bank. But of course I insisted that it was so. A fact which was confirmed when we went to the museum and in the last room near the exit, nicely framed on the wall, was the official government document allowing the White Lake State Bank to start operating, with the date of 1921, a date which corresponds with my research perfectly. So there Dale!
It was a very fun and unexpected find.