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  •  Cool. (11+ / 0-)

    I've not been to New Glarus in many years.

    I still have fading photos of the flower clock and Zweifel's gift shop. (My ancestors were Zweifels, but not related to the owners of the gift shop, Zweifel being a surprisingly common name in Switzerland.)

    •  You can visit the brewery (9+ / 0-)

      and take a tour/tasting.  Well worth it, IMHO.

    •  Zweifel, Blum, Zimmermann, Knobel, Schindler,,, (3+ / 0-)
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      There are many other surnames, as you know.

      I haven't done much research in these family lines because they're related to me through a few levels of marriages, but I certainly know a lot of descendants of these families who came from the Swiss Canton of Glarus. My ex-wife married a guy from Monroe who is directly related, for one.

      Selecting just one from my family tree, I have a Jacob Zweifel born in Bilten, Glarus in 1832 who came to New Glarus and served in the Union Army in Company A, Wisconsin 46th Infantry. He died of flu and dysentary in Springfield, IL and is buried there in Camp Butler Military Cemetery. He married in 1852, arrived in New York in 1854, made his way to New Glarus, and managed to have three children before he joined the Union Army in 1865. Two survived into adulthood.

      Most of my direct ancestors were of German ancestry and settled nearby. Several served in the 50th Wisconsin Infantry.

      The history of Green County books describe the migration of the Glarus families in some detail, iirc. Their story is fascinating.

      You might consider writing some of this up. I'll be glad to post it in the Genealogy and Family History Community group if you are into this stuff.

      The fact is that these are the people who brought the high-quality cheese industry to Wisconsin and helped to make Wisconsin "America's Dairyland". It's only natural that someone who knows how to make great cheese would know how to make great beer. The best ingredients, patience, and know-how is what it takes.

      The descendants of these folks are the ones who can help us turn the Wisconsin legislature around if we remind them of their roots. The migration from Switzerland to Wisconsin was a triumph of a social democratic movement.

      "All people are born alike - except Republicans and Democrats" - Groucho Marx

      by GrumpyOldGeek on Thu Aug 04, 2011 at 04:12:00 PM PDT

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      •  My grandmother wrote the book (1+ / 0-)
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        on our branch of the Zweifels, from Linthal, Glarus. Literally, self-published in 1972. She traced us back to 1555. Grandma started her genealogy with the Swiss branch of the family, because the Swiss are meticulous record keepers.

        In 'The History of Green County" by Helen Bingham, my ancestor, Adam Zweifel is listed with those having the largest farms (160 acres) in New Glarus Township, in 1876. He is not listed as a veteran of the Civil War, but, two of his brothers are. He, his wife, and four children came over in 1853. Five of his brothers followed shortly, thereafter, and also settled in New Glarus. By the next generation, my Zweifels had made their way to Iowa.

        A lot of Glarners came to the U.S. starting in the late 1840's, as conditions were harsh in Glarus by then. No food, no jobs, no land to call one's own. They were a hardy lot and adapted well to the new country.

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