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Early history of Omro and vicinity (of 1876)

Early history of Omro and vicinity (of 1876),   pp. 169-223

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more than one good citizen say that this fact alone caused them to give Omro
the preference over other towns in this vicinity. The interest in the cause
of education has grown with the place, and will probably continue to increase.
   The schools are now run on the graded system, with a high school depart-
ment. The number of teachers employed in the different departments is seven,
but a new department will be opened this Fall adding one or more teachers.
There are two school buildings, both brick, one on the north side of the
river and the other on the south. A third building will be put up this Fall,
in the eastern part of the village, capable of accommodating about one hun-
dred pupils.
   The majority of people recognize the necessity for sustaining good schools,
knowing that the future welfare of the place and the country depends almost
solely upon liberally educating the rising generation, and there is no pro-
bability that the grade of schools will ever be lower than it is at the pre-
sent time.
   Not less important in the estimation of a large portion of those seeking
homes in our western country, is the question of
                              Religious Sentiment
   History, and their own experience has taught them the benefits of living
among a church-going people, and they cannot be induced to cast their lot
with any others. Omro is perhaps superior to most Western towns, in this
respect.   There are three societies which have churches of their own, and
regular services. They are the Presbyterian, Methodist and Baptist, and
they each have a good membership, large congregations, and prosperous Sab-
bath schools. An Episcopal Mission has just been established here, and
holds regular services. There is also a prospect of the formation of a Free
Will Baptist society. There is a Catholic church in the village, but there
are not at present enough of that belief to support it.
   Besides the above, there is a society called Spiritualists, but it is
very large, having been depleted by removals and other natural causes. They
have a hall, and we believe have regular meetings.
                               The Inhabitants
   After the above showing on the schools and churches off the place, it
unnecessary to go into details in regard to the character of the inhabitants.
Where schools and churches are well supported, none need fear to cast their
       The population of the village at the present time is in round numbers
about 2,100. The people are nearly all American born.   Indeed, we question
whether there is another village or city in the West with such a large pro-
portion of Americans. The few foreigners that we have, are good citizens,
quiet and orderly. Many of them are owners of considerable property, and
all are in comfortable circumstances. The population is steadily increas-
ing, and the large majority of the citizens own houses of their own. In
fact, renters are so few that it has never been considered a profitable
investment to put up tenant houses. As the place grows, however, the demand
for it is probable that before long some measures will have to be taken to
supply it.

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