The First House in Milwaukee, Matthias Stein, Owner


This house, built on a hill close to the Milwaukee River, was the only one in the city as late as 1840. The owner of the house, Martin [Matthias] Stein, a gun maker, moved to the region in the late 1830s. Hölzlhuber means to show it at that earlier time, when Native Americans who came to trade with fur dealer Solomon Juneau camped nearby. A canoe is banked at the water's edge, near a tipi and large tree stump. Hölzlhuber lived opposite this house, with the Vintschger family, for four years. He remarked that the house, still occupied by Stein and his family, "appeared rather funny" situated between 4-story buildings that had since been built.


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