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Admin/Biog History Jacques (Jacob) Steiger was born in Grinwald, Switzerland circa 1834. In early 1858 he immigrated to the United States through New York City and New Orleans. In 1860 he was renting a farm in Caledonia Township, Waupaca County, Wisconsin near Freemont. He owned no real estate and had $75.00 in personal property. During the Civil War, he enlisted at Caledonia on December 26, 1861 in Company K, 17th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. He reenlisted in the same regiment in 1864 and was promoted to Corporal. He was on detached duty from March 6, 1864 and not present with the regiment at muster out on July 14, 1865. He returned to Waupaca County and married Amelia Rifland, born in Schleswig-Holstein, prior to 1868. By 1870 he owned a farm valued at $2,000. Frederick Steiger, age 40, was also living with him at this time and may have been a brother. Here according to his family, he established the first Swiss cheese factory in Wisconsin. Jacob and Amelia had four children: Jacob J., born circa 1869; Emil H., born September 17, 1871; Minnie Steiger Boyson; and Clara Steiger Hofberger. He is listed at Post Office, Fremont, Wis. in the 1885, 1895, and 1905 Wisconsin Veterans Census. In 1900 he was living in Black Wolf Township, Winnebago County, Wisconsin with Amelia with their son-in-law, Benjamin Hofberg, on a farm. He is not listed in the 1910 US Census and had probably died between 1905 and 1910.
Classification Archives
Collection Small Collections, People
Dates of Accumulation April 28, 1858
Abstract Passport for Jacques (Jacob) Steiger issued in Berne, Switzerland. He is listed as age 24; blond hair; low forehead; brown eyebrows; gray eyes; medium nose; pointed chin; oval face; and 5 feet 8 inches tall and a laborer by occupation. It states that he is from Grinwald, Switzerland and wishes to emmigate to America. The passport is stamped five times inside and indicates that he was travelling to New Orleans, through New York City. The document is written in French and has not had a literal translation.
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Language French
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID SC618.6
Object Name Passport
People Steiger, Jacob (Jacques)
Subjects Immigrants
Emigration & immigration
Swiss
Title Passport
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