WELCOME TO THE REESEVILLE
Explore the inner dimensions of life within a rural immigrant community for the period, 1845 to 1930, by entering a hypermedia collection of censuses, tax records, church files, maps, original photographs, etc. for the community of Reeseville, Wisconsin.
Located in the southwestern part of Dodge County, the "community" of Reeseville consists of the village of Reeseville and surrounding farms in the Towns of Lowell, Portland and Elba. The Beaver Dam and Crawfish Rivers and their confluence in Mud Lake form a natural boundary for the community along the east, south and west. To the north, a non-tangible boundary line is usually drawn about half-way between Reeseville and its "sister" village of Lowell, located two miles north of Reeseville.
Settled initially by New Yorkers and New Englanders in the mid 1840s, the Reeseville community very quickly adopted a foreign tone as German and Irish immigrants took up residence during the late 1840s and 1850s. By 1880 the commentator for the county history could remark, "between Lowell and Waterloo, in Jefferson County, there are not one-half dozen American families, the rest being Germans." The Reeseville community continues to maintain this ethnic hue. For the year 2000 census over 60% of its residents reported "German" as their primary ancestral affiliation. This response placed Reeseville among the top 10 communities in the state in terms of percentage of residents claiming German ancestry.
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