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Early history of Ozaukee County, Wisconsin

History of Ozaukee County,   pp. 1-4

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History of Ozaukee County
for a school, audited the accounts, assessed taxes to cover then, and granted
licenses to saloons for $5.00. At a meeting in 1847, the supervisors
"ordered that 50 pounds of flour for Mrs. Smith, one of the town poor, be
purchased of H. Schnitz, if he would wait for his pay until next year's
poor fund should be collected. Amount $1.25."
A shocking incident occured in Mequon due to lack of Town or County
government organization for public emergencies. A group of Port fishermen
were capsized and drowned in a terrible storm. Weeks later it was learned
that their bodies had washed ashore at Mequon and citizens there had buried
them in shallow graves on the beach without coffins and taken no trouble to
identify the bodies. Other Port fishermen set out in high dudgeon for the
Mequon beach, dug up the bodies and returned them to their families for proper
Ozaukee County from 1850 until World War I could be described as a melting
pot of population. By 1$70, the population was 7/8 German, counting both the
German born and their descendents. Of some 6,000 foreign born, over 4,000
were German born; (including Luxembourgers) and the next highest number, the
Irish, were only some 400, the English born 100. etc. Until 1917, all news-
papers in the county except one were German. German was taught in the paro-
chial school and no one could carry on business of any kind without a
knowledge of that language. The native born citizens sometimes felt like
foreigners in their own country.
Nevertheless, the pioneers set examples of Brotherhood that could well
be pondered today. After one hard less6n learned from the Civil War Draf Riot,
harmony prevailed. Everyone agreed afterwards that the riot was due to a
misunderstanding through language difficulties. It could have been avoided
if the Draft Board had possessed the present day concept of public relations.

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