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16 www.randomlake.org CEDAR GROVE Every July when Ce- dar Grove hosts the Holland Festival, it's promoted as "The Little Dutch Town." That's a true statement (see the 150th anniversary book edited by Richard Dyks- tra and Patricia Premo). Cedar Grove was founded by Rev. Pieter Zonne in 1847 as he led a group of emigrants to Wisconsin from The Netherlands. Two other groups, also led by min- isters, settled in Holland and Zeeland, Mich., and in Pella, Iowa. All three communities held big celebrations in 1997. The first post office was established on Jan. 27, 1849, in a crude log cabin owned by Sweezy Burr. It's said that the name was derived from a growth of cedar trees in the immediate vicinity. The village's growth sparked when the Milwaukee, Lake Shore & West- ern Railroad reached the village in No- vember, 1872. Amsterdam, a separate village, was located several miles to the east on the Lake Michigan shoreline. Land was purchased by 23-year-old Gilbert H. Smith in 1850 and platted as a village in 1852. Amsterdam had a 1,000-ft. pier and its main industries were fishing and shipping lumber. Smith's sons went on to organize the Smith Brothers Fish Co. in Port Washington. Many Amsterdam residents moved to Ce- dar Grove (some put their homes on skids and brought them too) and the lakeshore com- munity mostly disap- peared by 1904. What remains now is Amsterdam Park, which is jointly oper- ated by the Villages of Cedar Grove and Oostburg and the Town of Holland. When the Village of Cedar Grove was incorporated in 1899 it had 317 resi- dents. The 2014 population estimate is 2,102. On Aug. 31, 1908, a new form of passenger service came to Cedar Grove Ellsworth W. De Bruine 1/12/1918 - 7/16/1944 PFC De Bruine, a combat infantryman, served with Co. I in the 39th Infantry, 9th Division, and he was killed in action at Normandy in France. He took part in four campaigns, including North Africa and Sicily. American Legion Post 338 in Cedar Grove bears his name. We Honor a Hometown Hero Bahr Creek Llamas & Fiber Studio Mark & Brigitte DeMaster N1021 Sauk Trail, Cedar Grove, WI 53013 920-668-6417 demaster@bahrcreek.com • www.bahrcreek.com Hours: mon-thur: 12:00 - 6:00 • fri: 10:00 - 5:00 • sat: 10:00 - 4:00 other time available by chance or appointment. A Yarn Shop But So Much More Look for us on facebook: BahrCreek

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