Monthly Archives: June 2013

Background on Dad – Part 1

Unlike Mom, my family roots in the US are more distant. The most identifiable culture is Swiss-German, which stems from my ancestor’s emigration from Switzerland in the 1820’s. They were Swiss Mennonites, a group that had been subject to persecution in Switzerland. As part of a westward surge of settlers, they homesteaded, building a log cabin, and later two farm houses ($1800-3600).

Those immigrants were my great-great-great grandparents. My immediate family has held on to a few small customs like sauerkraut and pork on New Year’s. I have childhood (and later) memories of the annual Swiss Festival, full of yodeling and accordian music. And I remember my mom and great-aunt playing accordians.