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I am new to the forum and would just like to say Hello to All my new Swiss Friends. I am a retired and married man living in Southern Wisconsin in a town that has the distinction of being "The Swiss Cheese Capital of the World", self-proclaimed I guess.
My family and I moved to the US in 1951 from the beautiful town of Oberried am Brienzersee, shortly after WWII. My father worked for the Fireworks Factory located there and had recently ended his employment. I believe we relocated to the US to make things better for our family. At the time, we had a sponsor (My Aunt and Uncle) who had already moved into this area, and we had other Swiss Family & Friends also in this area.
I have at least as many, if not more relatives in Switzerland as those that I have here in the US. My mother (Ebligen) and father (Oberried) both came from the same area near Oberried am Brienzersee. Most of my relatives live in this region of Switzerland. My Mother was a Ruef and she is the last of (5) Children at 92 years of age and still remains healthy.
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Old 22.11.2015, 20:12
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Welcome to EF!

My wife and I intend to visit your neck of the woods sometime - we live in Glarus, and would love to visit New Glarus. Haven't made it yet, though!

Do you ever come back to Switzerland for visits?
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We plan on coming within the next three years. I have a daughter in Secondary School (9th Grade) and we want to take her to Switzerland before she finishes High School. We live within 20 miles of New Glarus and one of our favorite Restaurants is there: The New Glarus Hotel!
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We plan on coming within the next three years. I have a daughter in Secondary School (9th Grade) and we want to take her to Switzerland before she finishes High School. We live within 20 miles of New Glarus and one of our favorite Restaurants is there: The New Glarus Hotel!
My husband (Swiss) and I spent a few days in New Glarus a while ago. I found the town on a road map and directed him there whithout telling him where we were going (he was in charge of the driving, and I of reading the maps, and shut up, we never got lost once).
It took me 3 days to get him out of there. Met many people who emigrated there in the 50's and still spoke Swiss German. We both loved it.

So, hello there
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Hi and welcome. I really must find my way to Neuchâtel, Kansas once
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Hello there also,
I'm not sure if you went there or not, but in the town of New Glarus, there is a Meat Market next to the bakery named Ruef's Meat Market. The original "Ruef" owner of the store was a gentleman named Willy Ruef Sr., and he was also from Oberried am Brienzersee and was one of the reasons we immigrated to this part of the USA and specifically this area. The store is still there and is ran by his Son Willy Jr., and Grandson yet today. I was just there last week to by some Cervillat and Hard Rolls at the Bakery. Old habits die hard! Take Care and thanks for responding!
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Hello there also,
I'm not sure if you went there or not, but in the town of New Glarus, there is a Meat Market next to the bakery named Ruef's Meat Market. The original "Ruef" owner of the store was a gentleman named Willy Ruef Sr., and he was also from Oberried am Brienzersee and was one of the reasons we immigrated to this part of the USA and specifically this area. The store is still there and is ran by his Son Willy Jr., and Grandson yet today. I was just there last week to by some Cervillat and Hard Rolls at the Bakery. Old habits die hard! Take Care and thanks for responding!
I must find the pictures, because it was a while ago (2002, if memory serves), but I'm sure my husband remembers. It was one of the highlights of the trip .

Beautiful place and extremely nice people. Sending you a smile for the fond memories.
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You mean to tell me there was someone who really liked Glarus so much that they decided to go make another one?
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You mean to tell me there was someone who really liked Glarus so much that they decided to go make another one?
Well, there is a New York.

There's no accounting for taste
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Hmmm well NO. We do forget that Switzerland was a very POOR country, and that 10000s emigrated to the USA and elsewhere as economic migrants to escape said poverty.

My great aunts and uncles and aunts and uncles, went to NY, NJ, NMexico, Quebec, AZ, CA and Melbourne Australia. My dad, as the youngest, stayed at home. Sadly, the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th generations tend to want to forget this And as said before, many Neuchâtelois created a new Neuchâtel in Kansas.

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A bird's eye drawing of New Glarus, Wisconsin (1860).


In the early 1840s, after several years of failed crops and as food became scarce, much of the canton of Glarus in Switzerland found itself deep in poverty. With more workers than available jobs, the government of the canton saw emigration to America as a solution. Authorities established the Glarus Emigration Society in 1844, which offered loans to help residents purchase land in the New World. All other expenses associated with the voyage to America were to be paid by the emigrants themselves.[8] Men were offered 20 acres (81,000 m2) free of rent for ten years, after which they could own the land for a mere ten shillings per acre. Given the desperate economic conditions in Switzerland, 193 volunteers decided to leave their homeland to start anew in America.
In 1845 magistrates in Glarus dispatched two men, Nicolas Duerst and Fridolin Streiff, to find a suitable location for a colony in the New World. They were given $2600 and instructions to purchase land, build cabins, and prepare for the settlers to arrive the following spring.
Duerst and Streiff began their search in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois before reaching St. Louis, Missouri. In the early days of July 1845 they then traveled north to Galena, Illinois, after which they arrived at the land office in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. The men investigated several tracts of farm and timber land in the southern Wisconsin territory before deciding on two square miles along the Little Sugar River. On July 17, 1845 they purchased 1,280 acres (5.2 km2) for $1.25 per acre. It was a fertile basin bounded with hills and a large stand of trees nearby. Some said later it wasn't the best property available, but the valley and hilltops reminded them of their native Switzerland.
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Hello there also,
I'm not sure if you went there or not, but in the town of New Glarus, there is a Meat Market next to the bakery named Ruef's Meat Market. The original "Ruef" owner of the store was a gentleman named Willy Ruef Sr., and he was also from Oberried am Brienzersee and was one of the reasons we immigrated to this part of the USA and specifically this area. The store is still there and is ran by his Son Willy Jr., and Grandson yet today. I was just there last week to by some Cervillat and Hard Rolls at the Bakery. Old habits die hard! Take Care and thanks for responding!

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To bad you missed this


http://saengerfest2015.com/
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You won't want to miss this event in my hometown

http://www.cheesedays.com/
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You won't want to miss this event in my hometown

http://www.cheesedays.com/

I have to keep this a secret from my wife , Driving 14 hours is demanding
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Surely she can share the driving! And you can stop overnight on the way! Fromage.
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Surely she can share the driving! And you can stop overnight on the way! Fromage.

She doesn't drive ,wait yes .She dives me to Drink She is Irish ;-)
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You mean to tell me there was someone who really liked Glarus so much that they decided to go make another one?
see this link below


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Glarus,_Wisconsin

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You won't regret it, this is a first class 3-day event. It is held every 2 years on the even years. If you ever plan on coming, make certain that you make your room reservations well in advance. There are limited places to stay within a 25 mile radius and they fill up fast for this. This event has well over 200,000 people over the three days. Great music, fun and food.

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Welcome to EF!

My wife and I intend to visit your neck of the woods sometime - we live in Glarus, and would love to visit New Glarus. Haven't made it yet, though!

Do you ever come back to Switzerland for visits?
Well worth while, Door County WI is really nice, you can easily fly in to Chicago and rent a car. Also Mackinaw Island at the top of Lake Michigan is nice but avoid the Chicago-Mackinaw yacht race which is in early July, just after 4th July normally, gets very busy and eyewateringly expensive....
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You mean to tell me there was someone who really liked Glarus so much that they decided to go make another one?
The one in the USA was supposed to be the New Improved Version of Glarus with many advanced features. You know, a bit like Windows 10 - er, sorry something went wrong there...
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