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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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HistoryV of Gr-een County. 
by some misunderstanding, on account of which the 
commissioners were looking for them in Chicago while 
they were waiting in St. Louis for instructions from the 
commissioners. At first they were crowded together 
in a few shanties. Then, as they were able, they built 
log houses; and whenever a house was built, a shanty 
was taken down and the lumber used to make the floor 
and the door of the new house. Few of the houses had 
two windows, none had more than two. The doors 
had wooden hinges that Mr. Streiff made himself. Two 
months after the land was bought, Mr. Duerst, who had 
never intended to remain in this country, returned to 
Switzerland, shaking as he went with the ague. The 
whole care of the colony now devolved on Mr. Streiff. 
Some of the colonists had a little money, but most of 
them were so poor that, as one of them expressed it, 
"if they had to pay six cents for a cat, they couldn't buy 
it." A few went to Thompson's settlement to work, 
and a few others spent the winter in Galena; but as a 
whole the colony was so helpless that Mr. Streiff was 
compelled to ask for help. The Association sent him 
$i,ooo, with which he bought provisions, oxen, seed, 
agricultural implements, and whatever else was indis- 
pensable before the people could take care of themselves. 
Provisions were bought by the quantity, and sold to 
families at the lowest possible price. There was little 
in the houses, and little room for anything besides the 
folks and the beds. One stove and a few chairs were 
bought. Bedding had been brought from Switzerland, 
and beds were made on the floor so close to each other 
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