Near Hudson in Saint Croix County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
They laid claim to government land six miles southeast of Hudson and built a cabin in 1851. Nick Schwalen returned to Honsfeld to marry Cibilla Schneider. Coming back they were accompanied by members of the Bonnes, Mayer, Roehl, Rohl, Ross, Schwalen and Yost families. After sailing 46 days on the ship Columbus the pioneers landed in New York on 31 May 1852. They traveled the Erie Canal route to Racine, where they bought a breaking plow, six teams of oxen along with carts for the 170 mile trek to Galena, Illinois. They all traveled on a steamboat to Hudson arriving on 27 June 1852.
They began clearing their land claims and built a common shelter into a hillside where the colony lived during their first winter. The next to join were Wanner, Knott, Hapsch, Von Kuster and Moelter families. Schools were started at the east and west edges of the settlement in the early 1860's along the Stageline Road. In 1867 Christian Bonnes donated land for the Oak Valley School
Reverently read the old gravestone names of those pioneers who forged a better life for their families in America, then give thanks.
Hudson in 1852 or Before
Hely Schwalen · Nicholas Schwalen · Cibilla (Schneider) Schwalen · Bartholomew Schwalen · Helena (Schneider) Schwalen · Cecilia Schwalen · Hilarius Schwalen · John Peter Roehl · Margaretha (Schwalen) Roehl · Leonard Rohl · Anna Maria (Schwalen) Rohl · Anna Maria Rohl · Anna Margaretha Rohl · Anna Gertrude Rohl · Peter Rohl · Matthew Rohl · Peter Jost/Yost · Anna Maria (Goenen) Yost · Anna Catharina Yost · Maria Yost · Johann Nicholas Mayer · M. Josephine (Jouck) Mayer · John Nicholas Mayer, Jr. · Peter B. Mayer · Christian Bonnes · Elizabeth Bonnes · Johann Ross · Susanna Ross · Mathias Ross · Johann Ross, Jr. · Christina Ross · John Ross · Gertrude Ross · Anton Ross
Founded 25 March 1871 by:
Bartholomew Schwalen, Chair · Christian Bonnes, Secretary · Hely Schwalen, Treasurer · Joseph
This memorial was dedicated 22 June 2002, celebrating 150 years since the founding of this colony.
Location. 44° 56.656′ N, 92° 38.349′ W. Marker is near Hudson, Wisconsin, in Saint Croix County. Marker is on County Road U 0.6 miles south of County Road N, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at German Settlement Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Hudson WI 54016, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Edgar Wilson Nye (approx. 4.6 miles away); Hudson Toll Bridge (approx. 6.2 miles away); In the Summer of 1910 (approx. 6.2 miles away); Louis Massey (approx. 6.4 miles away); Bolles Flour Mill (approx. 7.4 miles away in Minnesota); Bicentennial Monument (approx. 8.7 miles away in Minnesota); World War Memorial (approx. 8.7 miles away in Minnesota); The St. Croix River Valley / Welcome to Minnesota (approx. 8.9 miles away in Minnesota). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hudson.
Also see . . . German Settlement Heritage Society. (Submitted on August 14, 2011.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 17, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 14, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 862 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 14, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.