8 Feb 1999 7 P.M.
BROWSE NITE: 22 Feb 1999 7 P.M.
Thomas M Gorey
Arnelle Gorton Snell A-41
Arnelle was a charter member who had dropped out many years ago and
is now returning to family genealogy and we welcome her back.
Seems like I just completed the January newsletter and here I am working on FEBRUARY already.
Our program for January was great. Marlene Heinsohn presented the program on “Fehmarn Island” which is between Schleswig-Holstein and Sweden.
Marlene had the works, even down to the history of the Island, which is 71 square miles in size, 10.25 miles from east to west and 8 miles north to south. Population of the island is approximately 14,000 persons. (I think half related to her or else to Nona Wiese.) At one time there were only three surnames: Macprang, Ehlers and Wit(may be misspelled.)
Marlene received most of her information from the WEB site about
the island, which is published by John Kostick. Her photos of the
churches (in color) from her printer were lovely. Made you wish your
family was originally from Fehmarn. And you should see her
ancestry chart. Each time she contacts John, it gets longer…
COST OF FAMINE IN IRELAND
The famine in Ireland took its toll on the population. The 1851 Irish census revealed that the population had fallen to about 6.6 million. When estimates of “natural” growth are taken into account, the “missing” total some 2.4 million, or more than a quarter of the country’s population.
Sorting the number of emigrants from the dead is difficult, but recently research suggests that Famine mortality was around 1.1 million. Whom did the Famine kill? Not surprisingly, the poor suffered worst, as they were most vulnerable to destitution. However, large numbers of doctors, clergy and relief workers also died from epidemic disease. Slightly more men than women were killed, but it was very young (under five years old) and the elderly (over 40 years old) who were most likely to die.
The response of the British government to the Irish catastrophe was grossly inadequate, particularly after the Autumn of 1847. From 1845 to 1850, the Treasury spent 8.1 million pounds of which just over half was in loans to be repaid by Ireland. When the remaining debts were canceled in 1853, the net amount spent was some 7 million pounds, representing less than half of 1 percent of the British gross national product over five years.
This from the AntiqueWeek 18 Jan 1999 page 11B
THIS AND THAT
We heard a rumor that a new hotel was shortly to be erected near the UP RR depot by some Danes, for an emigrant house, but we cannot trace out the parties designing the work.
Supervisor Wolcott was out with a good force of hands repairing the Logan Creek crossing on Maple Creek, and this bridge is now in excellent condition for crossing. The roads in this county are receiving considerable attention and we think it will not be long before the public highways of Dodge will be the best in the state.
TWO HEARTS AS ONE
125 YEARS AGO
William Baker to Ephrozena Schulte 16 Feb 1874
It is interesting to note that the marriages in February
in Book A(Dodge Co’s First Marriage book) were
NEW ON THE SHELF
Claire finally completed running off the Ridge cemetery burials which were given to her back in the early 1980’s. Each time someone was seeking a person in an unmarked grave she would have to run upstairs and get her book. A New Year’s Resolution, get the book run off and she did! Now to put the pages in sleeves and it is ready for use in the ENGS library. She does warn, there are some buried at Ridge that are not in the index, due to early poor record-keeping-but if there was a marker then it was recorded when she and Kathryn Peterson walked and recorded the cemetery back in 1975. Don’t ask for a copy of it, it is close to 500 pages in length.
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