Dictionary of Wisconsin History
Search Results for: Keyword: 'cheese'
Term: Monroe [brief history]
Definition: Monroe is both the county seat and largest community in Green County, boasting a population of over 10,843. The town was named for President James Monroe.
Although officially incorporated in 1882, the first settlers began arriving around 1835 after the discovery of lead in the region. In addition to mining, early settlers were also attracted to the rich farmlands and riverways, including the Sugar and Pecatonica rivers.
European immigrants came to populate the area by the 1860s, particularly those from Switzerland. The dairying knowledge that these Swiss settlers brought with them was crucial to a shift toward agriculture in the late 1800s. The rise of the dairy and cheesemaking industries in Monroe helped to foster that city's prosperity and make it famous as the "Swiss Cheese Capital of the United States."
Today, the community's Swiss heritage is visible in much of the local architecture and in the strength of its cheesemaking industry.
[Source: WHS Library-Archives staff, 2009]
50 records found
Antigo [brief history]
Babcock, Stephen Moulton 1843 - 1931
Blanchard, Alvin 1830 - 1910
Buffalo City [brief history]
cheese in Wisconsin
cheesemaking in Wisconsin
Cheeseville, Washington Co.
Cook, Samuel Andrew 1849 - 1918
Cottage Inn, Lafayette Co.
Crandon [brief history]
curd separation (dairy)
dairy industry in Wisconsin
Denmark (Historic Marker Erected 1998)
Favill, Stephen 1823 - 1906
Galli, G. Fred 1902
Hart, Edwin Bret 1874 - 1953
Hastings, Edwin George 1872 - 1953
Hazen, Chester 1824 - 1900
Hinz, Emil A. 1889
Hutter, William Herman 1875 - 1951
Jaronitzky, June 1938
Johnson, Burdette Jay 1826 - 1902
Jones, Milo Cornelius 1849 - 1919
Karlen, Jacob 1840 - 1920
Krumrey, Henry 1852 - 1922
Mccanna, Charles B. 1851 - 1913
Mireau, George 1888
Monroe [brief history]
New Glarus (Historic Marker Erected 1962)
Oak Creek [brief history]
Odell, Emery Alvin 1871 - 1953
Quarry, Manitowoc Co.
Racine [brief history]
Riehle, Ben A. 1897
Russell, Harry Luman 1866 - 1954
Saint Francis [brief history]
Simmons, Zalmon Gilbert 1828 - 1910
Smith, Hiram 1817 - 1890
The Home of Colby Cheese (Historic Marker Erected
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1836-1899
Watertown [brief history]
Wisconsin Dairymen's Association
Wisconsin's Dairy Industry (Historic Marker Erecte