Holand, Hjalmar Rued, 1872-1963 / Wisconsin's Belgian community : an account of the early events in the Belgian settlement in northeastern Wisconsin with particular reference to the Belgians in Door County
Chapter VII: Belgian characteristics and customs, pp. -97 PDF (4.0 MB)
BELGIAN CHARACTERISTICS AND CUSTOMS 97 precinct in Wisconsin casting a unanimous vote for Roose- velt. This was because of their opposition to the prohibi- tion amendment which they believe is an infringement of private liberty. As already stated the Belgians are a particularly good- natured people. If treated with kindness and courtesy they are very hearty in response. But there is a stubborn side to their character which cannot be overcome with argument. This obstinacy often leads them into lawsuits. Two men will disagree about a trifle, and before long they will both have lawyers and their squabble will be rehearsed, diagnos- ed and settled before a whole courtroom of their neighbors, furnishing entertainment for a long time afterward. But while the Belgians have their faults, they are on the whole a very good class of citizens. Their fathers did a splendid piece of work in conquering the wilderness, clear- ing the swamps and building up the settlement. Their sons are thrifty and home-loving, and land sells for a higher price among them than elsewhere in the county. They are also good business managers, and for a time the biggest mill on the Peninsula (the Chaudoir mill) was at Brussels. While somewhat suspicious of new ideas, they are progres- sive and liberal toward projects of recognized merit, such as good schools and highways, the church and worthy charitable enterprises. During the world war they were so generous in donating money for the children who were victims of the war in Belgium that a deputation from the fatherland was sent to Green Bay by the Belgian goverrr- ment to thank them. On July 3, 1917, thousands of Belgians went to the city to meet these distinguished officials who brought greetings from the old country. Flowers were strewn in their way by young people of the third and fourth generation, and a true Belgian jubilation followed.
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