In April 1834, the Green-Bay Intelligencer newspaper reported that a sawmill was being erected in a new settlement on the Milwaukee River. Less than one year later, the paper reported that “Milwaukey [sic], which 10 months ago, had only a single trading house, has now some 20 or 30 houses, and two or three saw mills.” Yankee settlers and land speculators contributed to the early growth of Milwaukee, along with a steady flow of Europeans who also made their way here, not just as settlers, but frequently as hard-working business owners, skilled laborers, and artists. Determined to make Milwaukee their home, they surrounded themselves (and influenced the entire community) with their old traditions and languages. Thirty years after its first newspaper write-up, Milwaukee was a well-established city brimming with potential. This tribute to the author’s home town is not meant to be a definitive history of the city, but rather a light-hearted look at the people who made Milwaukee’s history.
Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.
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