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Oconto County, Wisconsin
Mountain Memories
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can be found in an early plat book of that area on the southeast side of Mountain, in the names of August Friedland who married daughter Maria, and Ole Lund who married Bertha Sandberg while still in Sweden. The eldest daughter, Sarah, married Ole Lundquist, and Gustave and his wife, Maria settled nearby. Daughter Anna married Marinus Jensen, but eldest son Nels never married. The youngest girls, who were young children upon their arrival to this new land, were Frieda, who was ten, and Hulda, aged nine.
In those years Carl Friedlund, Hans Asplund, Charles Westerland, Walfred Bloomberg, Olaf Blum, Axel Olson, William Carlson, and John Olson also came as immigrants to this area, leaving their homelands far across the ocean. Men like Thomas Rasmussen, Dr. S.F. French, Martin Rasmussen, Fred Griepentrog, Hans Larsen, Louis Stone, Albert and Fred Bachman, Emmet Bennet, Joseph Belanger, Arthur Rugg, Matt Savage, Charles Bowman, George Pickreign, and Lorin Stroud all came to this area in those years when Mountain was a new town growing up in the wilderness.
Our earliest settlers were Yankees so to speak, for they had settled in America previous to the time they would come to inhabit northern Oconto Co.unty. Many were of English, Scotch, and Irish descent. Others brought Danish backgrounds to these north woods, and Germany was a native country for many of our settlers.
A-C. Frost and brother Soren, Jorgan and Andrew Jensen, Carl Peterson, Marinus Larson, Thomas"Anderson, and John Jensen had all immigrated to this county from Denmark. John Benoit was of Belgian ancestry, Fred Bartz and Adolph Saffran were from Germany, and Anton Champagne was of French Canadian ancestry. H.M. Baldwin and brother Herbert were of English ancestry.
Accepting the challenge of creating a life here in this new settlement, these people from many different places across this nation and from far across the Atlantic Ocean, formed a bond in unity and faith as they came to call Mountain home.
Eric Coleman, Bill Grimmer, Nels Sandberg, Walfred Bloomberg, Frieda Sandberg, Gus Sandberg, Young Blooer, Mike Bloomberg (Waifred's Father), Tony Coleman, August Friedland, Pete Johnson, and Ole Bloom in camp at Long Lake. Frieda, a sister to Gus and Nels, was the camp cook and would later marry Walfred Bloomberg.
Many of the settlers in and around the town of Mountain depended upon the lumbering industry for their liveihoods. Men came to this area seeking to find employment in the various logging camps set up throughout the forested areas of the north. Willing to give a hard day's work for an honest day's wage, they remained in the logging camps during the winter months until the melting of the winter's snow brought an end to their logging occupations.
They then returned to their families by spring in order to clear the lands and plant the crops that would provide them with the year's harvest, the foods for the year to come. In this way the farms grew up and the town grew from supplying the necessities to a growing population.