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Toepel, M. G.; Kuehn, Hazel L. (ed.) / The Wisconsin Blue Book, 1958

Wisconsin in 1958,   pp. [69]-[228] PDF (45.4 MB)

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    Thus the rapid population increase of Wisconsin from 1840 to
 1900 was the obvious result of European immigration followed by
 a rapid decline with the introduction of federal government restric-
 tions and limitations.
   Much information regarding the people can be gleaned from the
 voluminous reports of the decennial federal censuses and much of
 the following information is taken from these reports.
                  The Heritage of Wisconsin's People
   Because Wisconsin is a land inhabited by natives of other lands
 and their descendants, it is possible to recognize their national and
 cultural origins throughout the state. It is still possible to find
 churches, the names of which are inscribed in German, Norwegian,
 Danish, Belgian, Swiss and Polish. Many of the old cemeteries and
 the inscriptions on their tombstones in the native language of the
 deceased reflect the dominance of certain nationalities in the com-
 munity involved.
   There are scores of communities which have retained evidences of
 the nationality of the-dominant people be it in the prevalence of
 family names, in the nature of their annual festivals, or even in the
 architecture of their churches, their homes and farm buildings.
 New Glarus, Monticello, and Monroe which are unmistakably Swiss;
 Belgium, Brussels, Denmark, Berlin, Pilsen and Pulaski reflect pre-
 dominant Belgian, Danish, Bohemian, German or Polish origins.
 There is no mistaking the Dutch of Sheboygan, the Italians of Hur-
 ley, Kenosha and Madison, the Finns of Douglas and Bayfield Coun-
 ties, the Irish of Walworth and Dane Counties, or the Germans,
 Polish, Italians, etc. of Milwaukee. Swiss cheese, bratwurst, Bel-
 gian buttercake, Danish, Cornish, German and Swedish pastry, kaf-
 feekuchen and rolls, spaghetti, sauerbraten, sauerkraut and beer are
 but a few of the characteristic foods of European origin which have
 become our unforgettable heritage.
   All of these people and their cultures are part of Wisconsin. In-
termarriage and the passing of generations are gradually blending
into a native American population which is as united and determined
to maintain its inherent freedoms as any people anywhere.
  Each decade since 1840 a federal census has been taken and in
the 110 years to 1950 Wisconsin's population increased from 30,945
to 3,434,575. As indicated by the following table the growth of
population by decades has been numerically surprisingly uniform.
With but 2 exceptions between 1850-1860 and 1930-1940 it has fluc-
tuated between 260,000 and 376,000 for each 10-year period.

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