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Highland in Madison County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Founders' Monuments

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By Jason Voigt, September 24, 2020
1. Founders' Monuments Marker
Inscription.  Dr. Kasper Koepfli wished to lead a party of fellow Swiss to the United States where opportunities existed for immigrants. He persuaded a number of relatives and friends, all from Sursee, Switzerland to make the trip. The party consisted of Dr. Kasper Koepfli and wife, three of their sons, Bernard aged 27, Joseph aged 23, and Solomon aged 17, two daughters, two nephews, Joseph and Anthony Suppiger, a hired girl, and a carpenter. In the same party were four other men from other Swiss localities. In all, the party numbered 15.

They made their way to St. Louis, Missouri. The year was 1831. Koepfli and his family were not fully satisfied with Missouri's farmland, so they looked to Illinois. They searched for land near Vandalia, Illinois before deciding to return to St. Louis. On their return, they passed near the current site of Highland, Illinois. Koepfli was impressed by the Looking Glass Prairie- it was the location he had been seeking.

Koepfli decided that the wooded edge of Looking Glass Prairie was the place they would found a settlement. The Swiss immigrants quickly acquired land and moved their belongings from St. Louis.
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By Jason Voigt, September 24, 2020
2. Founders' Monuments Marker
Marker is to the right of the monuments
Not all of the party entered into the community plan, only Dr. Koepfli, his three sons, the Suppiger brothers, and Joseph Vonarx.

The first land purchase totaled 700 acres. Not long after, they purchased another 350 acres for a total of more than a thousand acres for the price of $2,727.38.

The efforts of this first Swiss party attracted more Swiss immigrants. In 1833, a second contingent arrived. Joseph Suppiger Sr., the father of Joseph and Anthony, was among those that came. Other immigrants from Switzerland in 1833 were Johann and Rudolph Blattner, William Hagnauer, Jacob Eggen, and the Buchmann family. (Marker Number 1.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 38° 45.506′ N, 89° 41.73′ W. Marker is in Highland, Illinois, in Madison County. Marker can be reached from Cemetary north of Koepfli Lane. Marker is in Highland City Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Highland IL 62249, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Spindler Monuments (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Schiller Chapel (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Schiller Chapel (about 400 feet away); Louis Latzer Monument (about 500
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feet away); Illinois Remembers POW/MIA (approx. 1.9 miles away); Highland (approx. 2 miles away); Deck Cemetery (approx. 2.3 miles away); Capt. Curtis Blakeman and the Marine Settlement (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Highland.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 25, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 25, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.
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