Building the homestead

My gr.gr.grandparents came to the U.S. from Denmark in 1885.  They met, married and settled in the midwest.  My family joined many other families who cleared and settled homesteads on unappropriated federal land that had been granted to them.  The following photo  was taken in 1890.

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Gr.gr.grandparents and three of their children – 1890

This family built their next house just five years later which indicated their financial success in their new land.  I shared the following photo in my recent post Home Restoration :

house restored

Family homestead 1895

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2 Responses to Building the homestead

  1. weggieboy says:

    The Danish made a significant contribution to the growth of my state, Nebraska, and there is a private college (Dana) and a small town named after the Danish flag (Dannebrog) that mark that contribution. My best buddies growing up come from a Danish line. Most Danes came here to avoid military service or to farm. The latter was the primary reason, though since good farming land was available in good quantities for anyone willing to work for it. Being Danes, they had no problem qualifying!

  2. Natasha says:

    I am quite impressed with the contributions of the many immigrants who came to the U.S. in hopes of acquiring free land or a better life in the 19th century.

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