I’ve been on a quest.
After moving to Colorado, Tom purchased the book, “They Came From Missouri “ for me. The book is about the people who settled the area where we live.
I never got very far in the book because the second family listed was Edward Stauffacher, whose parents were from Canton Glarus, Switzerland; originally settling in Green County, Wisconsin. Edward was born outside Monroe, married and moved west. He set up an early cheese factory and a post office here called Catherine Store. There’s a road called Catherine Store Road. They lived here for a number of years and moved to California to escape winter.
My mother was a Stauffacher and there seemed to be too many similarities.
- From the same area of Switzerland.
- Settling in the same area in the U.S.
- …and now me, living in the same area here.
- Could this have been a distant relative?
I found it interesting to think a distant relative of mine also found this area so captivating they wanted to make it home.
I’ve mused the thoughts many times.
I’ve gathered information.
This week I was able to put all the pieces together.
My grandfather was removed by six generations from the link – but it was there.
Born: 10-21-1677 Died: 3-7-1760
So if you’re thinking about visiting me, and are related through my mother’s side of the family be warned. The Swiss blood may be stronger than you think. And who knows what the effect of that is?