Jack Styler is a Junior at UW-Madison studying History, Political Science, and Geography. So far, he has enjoyed working on stories about Jewish life in Wisconsin and looks forward to contributing more in the future.
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Erik Morstad had been previously presented in the historical record as a friend and important ally for the Forest County Potawatomi. However, in conjunction with the political assistance he provided to the Potawatomi, Morstad should also be remembered as a man whose goal of Christianizing the Potawatomi reflected his negative judgement of indigenous peoples.
In Sheboygan, the Jewish community was made up primarily of immigrants from Eastern Europe and Russia. Unlike earlier Jewish immigrants, these groups were deliberately moved away from New York City and other large metropolitan areas on the East Coast.
Starting in 1904 with just five families, the Arpin Settlement of Jewish Farmers began farming the region, planting a variety of crops including potatoes, corn, cucumbers, and other vegetables. By 1906, the settlement’s population had grown to fourteen families, and by 1915 they established the first and only synagogue in Wood County.