First Swedish Settlers in Wisconsin
The Friman family was in the vanguard of the 19th century Swedish immigration to the United States. By 1900 over 1.1 million persons of Swedish birth or descent resided in the United States, and nearly 49,000 individuals born in Sweden lived in Wisconsin.
Carl Friman’s son, Adolph (1826-1871), owned numerous town lots in Genoa City, where he became a successful businessman. Freeman Street in Genoa City is named in his honor, and he is buried in Hillside Cemetery. Carl’s son, Wilhelm (1823-1911), also owned land that was incorporated into this community. The other sons lived for a time in this area before moving west.
Erected 1988 by Swedish-American Historical Society of Wisconsin and Genoa City Lions Club. (Marker Number 281.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Welcome to Illinois (approx. 6.9 miles away in Illinois); Wisconsin's First 4-H Club (approx. 7.3 miles away); Andy Gump (approx. 7.8 miles away); Maple Park (approx. 8 miles away); McHenry County’s First Couthouse (approx. 11.6 miles away in Illinois); Mormons in Early Wisconsin (approx. 12.6 miles away); McHenry County Civil War Monument (approx. 14.4 miles away in Illinois); Woodstock Opera House (approx. 14˝ miles away in Illinois).
Categories. • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 16, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 643 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 16, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.