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Ozaukee derives its name from the
Indian word meaning yellow earth or clay, the soil being mostly of that color. The
territory of Ozaukee County originally belonged to the Menomonee tribe of Indians,
who lived along the western shore of Lake Michigan for some time prior to its settlement
by the whites. The pioneers of Ozaukee County were men capable of heroic sacrifice,
and possessed of the same free spirit that filled the breasts of the pilgrim fathers.
They came here when the land was destitute of railroads, not even a wagon thoroughfare
could be found - nothing but an Indian trail to guide them through the dense forests.
There was no market for their produce, travel was difficult, sickness prevalent and
money scarce. With all these obstacles to overcome, these men proceeded to possess
themselves of and to beautify the broad acres by the hand of toil, till the lands
that once lay dormant, bear on their bosoms grand and silent witnesses of their indomitable
will and patient toil.
extracted from "History
of Washington and Ozaukee Counties, Wisconsin"
published by Western Historical Co., 1881
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