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Random Lake Area Chamber of Commerce • (920) 994-9054 25 "Welcome to Oostburg – Home of the Flying Dutchmen" greets visitors to this jewel of a village along the I-43 corridor about 45 minutes north of Milwaukee. Dutch history stays alive in this village as its name is identical to another Oost- burg located in the Netherlands. Many Dutch settlers owed the disaster of the sinking of the Phoenix in 1847, on Lake Michigan to the establishment of this area. Out of only 43 survivors from more than 200 passengers, a rich heritage was born. Though the first immigrants set- tled in an area referred to as East Oost- burg where the first homes, a log church, school, cheese factory, and blacksmith shop were built, the settlers soon moved further west to where present-day Oost- burg stands. The arrival of the railroad through town ushered in the building of the first railroad station in 1879. The Village of Oostburg was incorporated in 1909, and so began the rapid development of busi- ness, churches and schools. The village still welcomes the railroad through town. Though no passengers debark, many people in the village can trace their ge- nealogy through people who did. Even though a fire demolished a sec- tion of town in 1908, the stalwart people of Oostburg persevered through person- al trials and tragedies to rebuild Oost- burg, now home to over 2,600 people. Today, a highly-trained volunteer fire de- partment and rescue squad stand ready to respond to emergencies and to aid in the protection of its citizens. Faith was all important to the early set- tlers, and of the four local churches most can trace their history back over one hun- dred years. The First Presbyterian Church was organized in East Oostburg in 1867. The First Christian Reformed Church was established in 1868, between Gibbsville and Oostburg. The First Reformed Church celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2000. Bethel Orthodox Church was organized in 1936. The churches remain an integral part of the lives and culture of the villagers. The residents of Oostburg take pride in the education of their children. The Oostburg Public School system has about 1,000 students in the local ele- mentary, middle and high schools. Oost- burg Christian School has an enrollment of over 150 students. Education doesn't stop after graduation, as Oostburg of- fers residents a library and civic center that feature programs for all ages. The by Mary Roerdink, Oostburg Historical Society Oostburg in 1943 Oostburg O o s t b u r g ✪ O o s t b u r g ✪ O o s t b u r g ✪ O o s t b u r g ✪ O o s t b u r g

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