Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Solomon Juneau, Founder of Milwaukee

From Calvary Cemetery during Doors Open Milwaukee 2014.  Juneau was a fur trader who settled a eventually subdivided the first modern lots in the City of Milwaukee in the 1830s.  The Juneautown part of Downtown made up these first lots, anchored by his cabin site near the Milwaukee River.  He also served as a Mayor for the City.

Solomon and his wife, Josette were known as Catholics, so it comes as little surprise that a memorial stands in Milwaukee's best-known Catholic cemetery.  November 14th marked the 158 years since his passing.  Today marks 159 years since Josette's passing.

Little known fact, in his later years, Solomon moved to and founded the much smaller community of Theresa, about 45 miles northwest of Milwaukee in Dodge County.

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