Russians in Wisconsin | Wisconsin Historical Society

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Russians in Wisconsin

Russians in Wisconsin | Wisconsin Historical Society
Dictionary of Wisconsin History.


In 1920, Russian immigrants constituted about 5 percent of the foreign population in Wisconsin. By 1950, nine to ten thousand Russian immigrants had settled in Wisconsin. The first Russians to come were Jewish: a group arrived in Milwaukee on October 13, 1881. They were joined the following year by a group of 350. Milwaukee received another influx of Russian Jews in the early 1890s, bringing the number to 2,500 in 1895 and about 7,000 in 1900. While Russian immigrants tended to favor the lakeshore cities, a considerable number also settled in rural areas, the largest of which was in Barron County. 

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