Our History

Date Owner Event
1890s Harbor Lumber Mill 1870s C.B. Freiburg Hotel built as lumber camp
1890 1900 John Paulsen Became the West Harbor Hotel
 1900s Harbor 1900s John Paulsen Built Addition: Summer Kitchen and West Wing Accomodations
 1910 1910s John Paulsen Built/Renovated: Screened in Porch, Rooms 11 & 12 / Big Cabin, Moved Bar West of the Hotel
 1920s West Harbor Hotel 1919 Martha & Jens Sorensen Purchased Hotel and Continued Operations
 1947 Pearl with kids June, 1947 Pearl & Frank Gibson Purchased Hotel: $12,000 / 6% INT. Gibson’s West Harbor Resort; Children: Dorene (9) / Cathy (7) / Herbert (2)
 1946 Hotel 1952 Pearl & Frank Gibson Installed Indoor Plumbing
 1910 Hotel Advertisement 1954 Pearl & Frank Gibson Remodeled “Big Cottage” to make House Keeping Unit (3-bedroom)
 1950s Hotel 1955 Pearl & Frank Gibson Remodeled “Little Cottage” to make House Keeping Unit (2-bedroom)
July 23, 1955 Pearl & Frank Gibson Dorene Married Everett Gunnlaugsson
December 13, 1958 Pearl & Frank Gibson Cathy Married Perry Jorgenson
 1910 Hotel Advertisement 1964 Pearl & Frank Gibson Installed Furnace;
Remodeled Winter Living Quarters; Pearl & Frank Travelled to England (Frank’s Homeland)
 1930s Hotel 1965 Pearl & Frank Gibson Moved 2 Mobil Homes to Island and set up as rental units (2-bedroom)
 West Harbor Dock 1969 Pearl & Frank Gibson Improved Boat Ramp
1970 Pearl & Frank Gibson Dredged Bank & Dock Area;
Drilled Well on Point
 1930s Hotel June, 1970 Herbert Gibson Herbert Bought Resort
April 24, 1971 Herbert Gibson Herbert Married Marianna Hanson; Set up Land’s End for Pearl & Frank
March 24, 1972 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Born: Anita Irene Gibson
1973 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Built Addition: Garage & Laundry Room
January, 1974 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Moved #7 Cottage from Jackson Harbor to West Harbor (2-bedroom); (Built by Art Hanson – Marianna’s Father)
1975 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Winterized Summer Kitchen; Traveled to England: Herb, Marianna, Anita, Frank & Pearl
 Frank and Pearl March 21, 1975 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Death: Frank Gibson
June 8, 1976 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Born: Frank Anson Jenkins Gibson
1976 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Put new roof on main hotel; Erected Rudder at Dock Area
1977 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Put new roof on Summer Kitchen; Traveled to England: Pearl, Herb, Marianna, Anita & Frank, Dorene & Tom, Cathy & Perry
July 15, 1978 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Born: Aruthur Hanson Gibson
July 18, 1979 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Born: Rebecca Elizabeth Gibson
 1910 Back of Advertisement 1982 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Remodeled Screened in Porch; Fireplace Addition
February 10, 1983 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Born: Anna Mari Gibson
1985 Herbert & Marianna Gibson New Septic System for Main Hotel; Traveled to England:  Herb & Marianna with children: Anita, Frank, Arthur, Rebecca & Anna
1986 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Owner Accommodations: Remodeled Bedrooms (Herb, Mari & Anita)
June 23, 1987 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Born: Sarah Rasmine Gibson
 1920 Fish Boats on Harbor 1987 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Harbor Enhanced Protection: Installed Rip Rapp to protect West Harbor from Green Bay Waters
1988 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Addition to Family Accommodations: Added Bedrooms & Bathroom over Garage
January 4, 1989 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Moved #2 Cottage from Jackson Harbor to West Harbor (2-bedroom); (Built by Art Hanson – Marianna’s Father)
 1910 Hotel Advertisement January 18, 1989 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Moved #5 Cottage from Jackson Harbor to West Harbor (2-bedrooms); (Built by Art Hanson – Marianna’s Father); Traveled to England: Pearl, Herbert & Marianna, Anita, Frank, Arthur, Rebecca, Anna & Sarah
May 31, 1990 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Death: Pearl Irene (Cornell) Gibson
June 8, 1990 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Anita Graduated from High School
Fall, 1991 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Remodeled Dining Room & Rebuilt Front Porch; Anita Spent Fall Semester in England
Spring, 1994 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Death: Dorene (Gibson) Koyen
June, 1994 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Frank Graduated from High School; Winter Kitchen Remodeled into family living; Rebuilt Outside Stairs
May, 1995 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Anita Graduated from UW Eau Claire, BA: Social Work
Spring, 1995 Herbert & Marianna Gibson New Roof on Main Hotel; Remodeled Little Cottage (2-Bedroom)
June, 1996 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Arthur Graduated from High School
1997 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Remodeled Big Cottage (3-bedroom); Remodeled Guest Bathrooms
June, 1997 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Rebecca Graduated from High School
1999 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Art spent school year in Swansea, Wales;
Traveled to England: Herbert & Marianna, Rebecca, Anna & Sarah
April 14, 2001 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Born to Arthur & Amanda: Seth Aidan Gibson
May, 2001 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Art Graduated from UW Madison, BS: Geological Engineering, Geology & Geophysics Rebecca Graduated from UW Eau Claire, BS:  Management Information Systems
June, 2001 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Anna Graduated from High School
2003 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Built Gazebo
June 14, 2003 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Arthur Married Amanda Janak
2004 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Anna spent Spring semester in Spain
June, 2005 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Sarah Graduated from High School
February 7, 2006 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Born to Arthur & Amanda: Joslin Blair Gibson
May, 2007 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Anna Graduated from UW Eau Claire, BA: Spanish, Minor: Mathematics
June, 2007 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Rebuilt Porch
2008 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Sarah spent Spring semester in Australia
2009 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Sarah Graduated from UW Eau Claire, BS: Business Administration
June 6, 2009 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Anita Married Robert Gress
Summer, 2011 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Rebuilt Fish House; Complete replacement of Barn Roof
 IMG_5024 November 4, 2011 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Fire Destroys 1/3 of hotel; Gibson Strong – we rebuild
May, 2012 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Back open for Business!
Sept 14, 2012 Herbert & Marianna Gibson Born to Arthur & Amanda: Griffin Gilroy Gibson