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HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF THE SWEDISH SETTLEMENT
MARINE IN WASHINGTON COUNTY, MINNESOTA,

by R(obert) G(ronberge)r.

The Swedish settlement Marine is located in the northwestern
corner of Washington County in the State of Minnesota, which
consists of the towns 31 and 32, range 2, together with the narrow
strip, from a mile to a half mile wide, east of the range line 19,
which lies between this line and the St. Croix River in towns
31 and 32. The northern part of town 32 in this section is
completely settled by Swedes. In town 31 the population is on the
contrary more mixed. Most of the Swedes in this section live in
the northern part or along the border of town 32. The whole
of this territory is called “Town of Marine”. The greatest
number of the Swedes living in this territory are people who have
come from Småland and Dalsland, but even Vestergötland,
Vermland and Helsingland, together with several other provinces, have
helped to populate this territory. From Norrland’s snowy mountains
to Skåne’s fertile plains Old Svea has sent her industrious
children to clear the wilderness and build new homes for
themselves.

This population, among which one finds marked traces of the
well-known Swedish characteristics, such as piety, honesty, and
integrity, is industrious, hospitable and willing to help, and
through industry and perseverance it has transformed the wild
woods into fertile fields. Where only thirty or forty years ago
America’s aborigines, the red men, put up their wigwams in the
woods by the high and shady trees or the lively deer fed on the
juicy grass, one can now find clean, comfortable, and
well-furnished houses and buildings, surrounded by green fields and
meadows, as well as gentle domestic animals in undisturbed
peace, herding on the wild animals’ grazing grounds. The red
nomad has given way to his industrious white brother, the big
trees have fallen before the sinewy arms of the pioneers, and
the wild animals have fled to provide room for docile and gentle
animals which the Creator in his wisdom has given to man for
his use and blessing.

With the exception of a small part which originally was
prairie, the greater part of the settlement consists of forest land,

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