Theodore Rodolf recounts his life in the lead region in the 1830s
Pioneering in the Wisconsin Lead Region
Theodore Rodolf came to Wisconsin from Switzerland in 1834, settling in the lead country of Lafayette County. Drawn to the area because of its rising economic importance, Rodolf met many prominent Wisconsin settlers, including the Gratiots, in his search for a new home and a new occupation. Rodolf tried his hand at a number of occupations, including farming and running a grocery store, but had little luck until he entered politics. In 1853, he was appointed to the land office in La Crosse. Rodolf later served in the state assembly and was mayor of La Crosse. Rodolf reminisces here about the growth of the lead region and his life since coming to Wisconsin.