The Parish of St. Michael in Beaver Dam
"In Beaver Dam, or Bobrowy Gród in Polish, a town in Dodge County opposite a lake in which beavers at one time built their homes, on the height of a gentle hill among the trees, there rises a small church, and next to it there is a school, and on the other side a modest rectory which is hardly visible between the trees. It is the property of the the parish of St. Michael, which was organized in 1875. Some of the Poles live in the town itself, while most live on farms dispersed within a radius of ten miles around Beaver Dam.
"The first Poles arrived in Beaver Dam in the middle of the nineteenth century. Ignacy Otto and Jan Neuman arrived in 1857, Michael Neumann came in 1861, and Michal Stempniewicz [sic - Skupniewitz] in 1862, about whom it is said that he was already in Milwaukee by 1846 and would walk from there to West Bend to confession. He died in a hospital in Milwaukee in 1900, having bequeathed $3,000 for a Polish church in Beaver Dam.
"The following are also among the first Polish settlers in Beaver Dam: Jan Kulczyk, Ptaszynski [Ptaschinski], Maciejewski, Hoppe, Fromholz, Bartlomiej Jazjar [Yasger], Stanislaw Jasgar (treasurer of the parish who arrived in 1867), Jan Zemla [Zemlo] (secretary), and others."
From A History of Poles in America to 1908, by Waclaw Kruszka, Part IV, pages 82-83.
GPS Coordinates: 43.44221, -88.85983
- Added: 28 Sep 2004
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