Near Casco in Kewaunee County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Because permission to emigrate from their home in Euren, Germany, had repeatedly been denied, the family of Michael Bottkol fled to France in the spring of 1856.
Arriving in Kewaunee that summer, the family spent their remaining money for essential supplies and hired a guide to take them on foot through the forested wilderness to their new home, 160 acres which they had purchase for $1 per acre 15 miles to the northwest.
The Bottkol family faced many of the challenges other early pioneers encountered in our newly formed country.
The area where they settled became known as Bottkolville, later renamed Euren. Here the three Bottkol brothers, who had little formal education, began a business enterprise in 1871 that eventually included a stream powered sawmill, planing mill, gristmill, grain elevator, store, and cheese factory, employing as many as 40 men. They later expanded their business enterprises to Brussles and Menominee, Michigan.
A devastating fire on Friday the 13th of July 1894 destroyed the mills and several other buildings that they owned in Euren.
Erected 2001 by the Kewaunee County Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Science & Medicine • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 44° 37.093′ N, 87° 36.344′ W. Marker is near Casco, Wisconsin, in Kewaunee County. Marker is on County Highway S 0.2 miles west of Maple Road (County Highway C), on the left when traveling west. Marker is approximately 8 miles west of Algoma. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: E3235 County Highway S, Casco WI 54205, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The 1858 Rosiere Kermiss (approx. 4 miles away); Decker House (approx. 4.2 miles away); Casco Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.2 miles away); Bruemmerville (approx. 6.7 miles away); Bank of Luxemburg (approx. 7.3 miles away); Voie de la LiberteSouth Luxemburg (approx. 7.7 miles away); The Kewaunee County Farm (approx. 7.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Casco.
More about this marker. photo captions:
• The Geo. Bottkol & Bros General Store in Euren, Wisconsin.
• Dr. Edward Kerscher and a patient, Red River farmer, Jules Ferron. Apr. 1975.
Also see . . .
1. Kewaunee County Historical Society. Bottkolville. "Other than a faded photograph or two, there is nothing here to remind us of this prominent family... There are no members of the family anywhere in the area. Most departed for Menominee County in Upper Michigan; those that didn’t leave are buried in the area cemeteries." (Submitted on September 24, 2014.)
2. Bottkol burials in Kewaunee County. Find A Grave. (Submitted on September 24, 2014.)
3. Dr Edward J. Kerscher. Find A Grave. (Submitted on September 24, 2014.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 24, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 345 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 24, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.