New Glarus, Swiss history, Wisconsin history, Swiss colony, Niklaus Durst
1845 on July 17th, we purchased for the esteemed Emigration Society of the Canton of Glarus, at the land office in Mineral Point, Wisconsin Territory, 1200 (twelve hundred) acres of land, namely in Greene County township 4 range 7, at the government price of 1 1/ 4 dollars per acre which on the following days we had surveyed and divided up in 60 lots (parcels) by the surveyor Comfort whom we had to pay wages of 3 dollars per day. Sunday, 20th inst. Mr. Friedrich Streiff and myself, together with our present wagoner, Mr. Friedrich Rudolf of Zurzach (Switzerland) have moved into our Colony of New Glarus, we have on this day done the first work on our shelters, lit the first fire in this very place, took the first food, caught the first fish in the brook [?], had the first bread baked by myself, slept for the first time in this very place, and on this day the said Mr. Rodolf fetched for us a load of lumber or boards at a saw mill.
"Arrival and First Days in New Glarus,"
Swiss American Historical Society Review: Vol. 31:
2, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/sahs_review/vol31/iss2/4