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3/25/2014 8:46:00 AM
An open letter to Elizabeth Uihlein

To the Editor:

I moved here in 1958 from Chicago to get away from it all. We chose Manitowish Waters to move to because it was a typical Northwoods town, old fashioned in its own way, but I loved it.

The people who come here in the summer want to sit back, pitch their fancy clothes into the closet and just plain relax.

You state that our businesses were either closed or in very bad shape. Your Mr. Barry stated in the paper that you wanted to raise the profile of the community – well if this town is in such poor shape and so depressed, why did you buy here?

You have certainly stirred up the pot enough. All you hear in town is Uihlein this and Uihlein that. It has divided the town and caused hard feelings between people.

I do want to thank you for the bike trail donations. This will be great for family enjoyment and will bring people into the area. Now we need some place for them to eat and drink. A cafe or diner that families can afford to go to. There are few people who can afford to eat out several times at our fine dining restaurants. Not everybody has a bottomless wallet to dip into.

We do not want to be another Minocqua or compete with the Wisconsin Dells area – leave us what we are: back-woodsy yokels who love the peace and quiet.

Sue Patterson
Manitowish Waters

Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, March 28, 2014
Article comment by: Joyce Brown

Ms. Patterson, I applaud your honesty and candor. I have been visiting Manitowish Waters for 40 years and I miss the old Manitowish Waters, it was a special place to unwind, to relax and to recharge your batteries.

While vacationing I would visit Minocqua for a couple of hours on a rainy day, but the serenity and old time charm always brought me back to Manitowish Waters year after year.

In addition to the loss of old time Manitowish Waters establishments mentioned by Mr. Murphy, so many changes in just the past year, I miss the soda grill the most, but also recently closed or sold are Michael's Parlor, LaPorte's, Pepper's Place, and the Highway 51 Gallery.

I know that time marches on, and things change, and there are hardly any more weekly resorts around anymore, but I can't help missing what used to be.

Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Article comment by: PATRICK Murphy

And how do you really feel Sue? Great article by Sue Patterson and so very true. The once charming and unique little town is, I'm afraid, long gone in an effort to be like the big boys in too many ways. As a kid, how fun to go into town to get the mail from Mr. Daniels, take a look at the "Red Bats from Alaska" at the Ox Yoke, wander over to the Variety store that sold every kind of trinket and swim toy imaginable, stop by the Village Soda Grill for a chocolate soda, stop in at Rudy's Rest Haven to say hi to Joe the mynah bird, climb to the top of the ranger tower, and at night, bear watching at the town dump, the social gathering spot of the north. All just memories now, along with four or five other businesses that tourists once were able to spend time and money in, as none of still exist. I'll take Sue's 'back-woodsy yokel" atmosphere any day

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