Dutch Chicago: A History of the Hollanders in the Windy City
Now at least 250,000 strong, the Dutch in greater Chicago have lived for 150 years "below the radar screens" of historians and the general public. Indeed, with their strong entrepreneurial spirit and isolationist streak, they have flourished in modern American society while managing to maintain much of their distinctive heritage. Here their story is told for the first time, as internationally renowned immigration historian Robert Swierenga presents a colorful, comprehensive history of the Dutch Americans who have made their home in the Windy City since the mid-1800s. Dutch Chicago is the first serious work on its subject, and it promises to be the definitive history. Swierenga's engaging narrative, replete with historical detail and anecdotes, is accompanied by more than 250 photographs and illustrations. Substantial appendixes list Dutch-owned garbage and cartage companies and Reformed churches and schools in greater Chicago. This book will be enjoyed by readers with Dutch roots as well as by anyone interested in America's rich ethnic diversity.
Pulpit and Pew in the Heyday of the Groninger Hoek
White Flight Reformed Churches Seek the Suburbs
Churches of Roseland The Frisian Settlement
Feeders of the Church Christian Schools
A Covenanted Community Church Social Life
Buying Dutch Stores and Services
Help a Hollander Ethnic Politics
The Other Hollanders Jews and Catholics
The Dutch Reformed as a Covenanted Community
Chicago Dutch Garbage Companies
Chicago Dutch Cartage Companies
Churches Schools and Missions
Societies and Clubs
From Womb to Tomb Mutual Aid Societies and Cemeteries
The Elites Dutch American Social Clubs
Plowing in Hope Truck Farming and Agricultural Colonization
Business Is Picking Up Garbage and Cartage
Church Membership 18531978
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Page 4 - The city is situated on both sides of the Chicago River, a sluggish slimy stream, too lazy to clean itself, and on both sides of its north and south branches, upon a level piece of ground, half dry and half wet, resembling a salt marsh, and contained a population of 20,000.
Page 4 - To render the streets and side walks passable, they were covered with deal boards from house to house, the boards resting upon cross sills of heavy timber. This kind of track is called "the plank road." Under these planks the water was standing on the surface over three-fourths of the city, and as the sewers from the houses were emptied under them, a frightful odour was emitted in summer, causing fevers and other diseases, foreign to the climate.