The old town of Brookfield provides an ethnic microcosm of what makes Wisconsin’s settlement story so unique. As Native Americans, primarily the Potawatomi tribe, were forced out of the region, in came large numbers of Protestant farmers from New York State. A step and a half behind the New Yorkers came distinct colonies of families from western Europe—Catholics from Bavaria and Ireland, Evangelical Lutherans from Switzerland, Methodists from England, and others. Thomas Ramstack’s father shared many personal tales from the 1920s and 1930s about various neighbors he encountered as a boy growing up in the then rural communities of Elm Grove and Brookfield. Drawing upon these, the author seeks to capture for readers something of the town’s early life and its inhabitants.
Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs