Glyn (Bud) Roberts is truly Little Arbor Vitae Lake’s historian. He has written many stories about his life on Little Arbor Vitae Lake.
Bud was born in Kenosha in 1928 and graduated from high school there before moving to Little Arbor Vitae Lake in 1947 when he was 19 years old. His parents had purchased Blue Island Resort on Blue Island Road in 1944.
Bud purchased a new 1948 Chevy truck and built a platform so that he could haul ice from Big Arbor Vitae Lake in the winter each year to area resorts. He also worked at his parents’ resort.
Bud was employed by the Wisconsin Conservation Department (now the DNR) in many roles for 13 years, some of which included the propagation of musky and walleye, serving as a seasonal warden and presenting Conservation Day programs at area high schools.
In 1955 he married Cleo Gilbert, a schoolteacher, with whom he resided on Blue Island Road. They had two sons, Virginia, and Tom. They have three grandchildren: David, Lauryn, and Morgan.
He attended University of Wisconsin Stout from 1962 to 1965, earning his baccalaureate degree in Industrial Arts. He obtained a master’s degree in Industrial Education while continuing to work for the Department of Natural Resources in the summers.
He worked at Three Lakes High School as Industrial Arts teacher from 1965 to 1967, also serving as the yearbook advisor.
In 1967 he accepted a position at Lakeland Union High School where he taught woodworking and plastics until he retired in 1988.
He has served in a variety of roles as a volunteer including the Arbor Vitae Fire Department, Friends of the Minocqua Library, Lakeland Pantry, and Ascension Lutheran Church.
He is well known for his service on the Vilas County Board of Adjustment from 1993-2013, during which time he became the Board’s Chairman.