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Bingham, Helen M. (Helen Maria) / History of Green County, Wisconsin
(1877)

New Glarus,   pp. [247]-[258] PDF (2.1 MB)


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NEW GLARUS. 
In July, I845, four men, Armstrong, Greenwood, 
Slater, and Jackson by name, had claims in what is now 
,called New Glarus. There was not a single inhabitant 
there who owned the place on which he lived; but the 
time had come when the long waiting of the unoccupied 
township was to be rewarded. Here was to be shown, 
as it was to be shown in no other township in the county, 
how the superfluous and poverty-stricken children 
of the old word are transformed in the United States 
into prosperous and useful citizens. Early in 1845 the 
Emigration Association of Glarus determined to re- 
lieve the- crowded population of that canton by send- 
ing a colony to the United States, and Fridolin Streiff 
and Nicholas Duerst were delegated to come in advance 
of the colony and select a place for the settlement. 
They left Switzerland March 8, 1845. At the conclu- 
sion of a long voyage they were met in New York by 
friends of the society, and on the I ith of May they 
started with Joshua Frey of Pennsylvania, on their 
search for a home for the colony. They arrived at 
Chicago the morning of the 19th of May, and here the 


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