Hardships and difficulties were frequently encountered by Doctor Was during the many years in which he ministered to the illness and suffering of this pioneer settlement. These experiences merit for him a high place in that honorable company of “country doctors” or “general practitioners” who courageously served the pioneer communities of the West. With the passing of the years and the progress of medical knowledge, specialization, and the contribution of the schools, there has been brought to these pioneers a modern knowledge of health and sanitation.
Vast have been the changes in South Pass and surrounding precincts within the Dutch settlement since the Dutch pioneer first located within their borders. Instead of the rude trails and unbridged streams, the township is well supplied with many miles of graded and graveled roads, and an adequate number of substantial bridges. Rural Free Delivery Routes place the daily mail at each farmer’s home in the settlement.
From these humble beginnings, from almost total destitution, and with scarcely any other capital than their fixed resolution to wrest from the prairie substantial realization of the dream which impelled them to leave their fatherland, these daring pioneers conquered the relentless forces of nature and built a community of homes which have remained secure against the invasion of many enemies.
In the middle and latter part of the nineteenth century, times for farming were bad in the Netherlands, as elsewhere in Europa. The rents were high and the wages were low. Many Dutchmen conceived the idea, that in America a better home could be made, and their families could receive a better start in life than in the crowded cities and provinces of their native country. Accordingly they disposed of their property and set sail for the United States, with Wisconsin as their goal.
INTRODUCTION < Table of Contents >Next Chapter This thesis will be an historical portrayal of the development of the little Dutch‑American settlement at Holland, Nebraska. This settlement is located in the southeast part of Lancaster County. The organization of Nebraska as a territory and its early history, including the flow of… Read more »
TABLE OF CONTENTS <Back to “A History of the Dutch Settlement…” [Note: This Table of Contents shows the original thesis headings, but not the original page numbers, which have been eliminated and replaced by direct links to the referenced web pages.] INTRODUCTION I. ORIGIN OF THE SETTLERS A brief history and geography of… Read more »
How much do you know about the early Dutch settlers in the American Midwest, some of whom are your ancestors? Have you ever wondered how those early Dutch immigrants managed to create homes, stay healthy, educate their children, celebrate their religion, farm the land, and create a prosperous life in the primitive, unsettled prairie lands… Read more »
Johanna Marie (Annie) TeSelle was born in Firth, Lancaster County, Nebraska on 15 September 1896, and died on 9 November 1972.
The history of the TeSelle family in Nebraska is largely the history of three te Selle brothers that emigrated from Winterswijk, Netherlands, to the United States in the mid-1800’s: Jan Hendrik te Selle (1838-1921), aka John Henry TeSelle; Gerrit Jan te Selle (1841-1921), aka Gerrit John TeSelle; and Harmen Jan te Selle (1844-1919), aka Herman John TeSelle
The history of the TeSelle family in Colorado can be traced back to John Willem TeSelle (1867-1945). After a brief career in the ministry, John Willem and his family moved to Fruitland Mesa, near Crawford, Colorado, where he homesteaded a large farm and built a large farmhouse and a famous big, red, round barn.