• William Wilkinson was born in Pelton Fell, England in 1862. He worked in the mines from the age of 10 and came to Weir City, Kansas, in 1883 at the age of 20 to continue mining. • In 1917, he started his own deep mine a mile south of Fleming, Kansas. He and his wife, Mary, reared seven children: Raymond, Clifford, Morris, Cecil, Bernice, Bill, and Jack. The siblings and their spouses were active in the mining business during their lifetimes. • In 1923, The Wilkinson Coal Company started... Read More
William Bull of Sheldon Born 1683 Son of Stephen Bull, the Immigrant Member Colonial House of Commons 1706 - 1719 Colonel of Berkeley County Regiment Tuscarora and Yemassee Wars. Lord's Proprietors Deputy 1719. Member and President of Council 1721 - 1737. Assisted in laying out of Savannah 1733. Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina 1737 - 1744. Commissioner Under the Church Act. He and his younger brothers, Burnaby and John Bull, were Commissioners for the building of Sheldon Church 1753... Read More
A penniless Irish immigrant boy who rose by the force of his industry, intelligence, integrity and intrepidity to be a sturdy American citizen, a self-educated engineering genius, a whole-hearted humanitarian, the father of the city's water system, and the builder of the Los Angeles City Aqueduct: This memorial is gratefully dedicated by those who are the recipients of his unselfish bounty and the beneficiaries of his prophetic vision.
The oldest German settlements in Wisconsin are found in the Town of Mequon. In 1839 a small group of German immigrants from Saxony settled near the Milwaukee River. They were followed that same year by about twenty immigrant families from Pomerania searching for religious freedom. They established farmsteads in the west part of the town and founded the small community of “Freystatt” or “free place,” now known as Freistadt. The first Lutheran church in Wisconsin was built there in 1840. Over the... Read More
Many of northeastern Ozaukee County’s prosperous farms, fieldstone houses and outbuildings, and large village churches are characteristic of the Luxembourg immigrant settlement patterns in the area. Beginning in 1845, inexpensive land brought Luxembourgers to the region where they purchased land in lots of 40 acres or less, vast acreage compared to the small tilled plots in Luxembourg. By the late 19th century at least 250 Luxembourger families were living in the communities of Belgium,... Read More
A large wooden cross standing upon a brick pedestal. Accompanied by a plaque with the inscription "To the Glory of God and in grateful memory of those early settlers, the founders of this nation who died at Jamestown during the first perilous years of the colony. Their bodies lie along the ridge beyond this cross, in the earliest known burial ground of the English in America."
The history of a city is found not only in its grand old houses, but also in its neighborhoods. While Columbus has its share of grand houses, most residents did not live that lifestyle. Many working class people lived in hotels, apartments, tenements, cabins, and even hovels. Home ownership for the poor and working class was uncommon. Workers in Columbus from the 1800s through mid-1950s were typically immigrants and predominantly German. Waves of new arrivals from Italy, Ireland, Greece,... Read More
This memorial is in Kill Devil Hills in the Outerbanks, North Carolina and was created in 1927. It is dedicated towards the Wright Brothers who created and successfully accomplished the first airplane flights. They first achieved flight in 1903 and continued to make large amounts of progress that lead to the technology we have today to fly all across the world. The Wright Brothers then went on to become wealthy businessmen while continuing to increase their knowledge and process towards... Read More