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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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(A Day Among the Swedes at Pine Lake, 1850.)

On the morning of the 29th of September I
arrived at this, the first Swedish colony of the West.
Herr Lange drove me there in a little carriage,
along a road which was anything but good,
through a solitary region, a distance of somewhat
above twenty miles from Milwaukee. It was on
a Sunday morning, a beautiful, sunshiny morning.
There remain still of the little Swedish colony of
Pine Lake about half a dozen families, who live
as farmers in the neighborhood. It is lake scenery,
and as lovely and romantic as any may be
imagined—regular Swedish lake scenery; and one can
understand how those first Swedish emigrants
were enchanted, so that, without first examining
the quality of the soil, they determined to found
here a New Sweden and to build a New Uppsala!
I spent the forenoon in visiting the various
Swedish families. Nearly all live in log houses, and
seem to be in somewhat low circumstances.

The most prosperous seemed to be that of the
smith; he, I fancy, had been a smith in Sweden,
and had built himself a pretty frame house in
the forest; he was really a good fellow, and had
a nice young Norwegian for his wife; also a

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