I found that many things had changed, and many other things had stayed the same.
One echo of the past that impressed me was the familiar, but "unique", surnames that I saw around town — on businesses, on delivery trucks, on billboards, as names of streets, and on the identity badges of medical personnel, nursing home staff, bank employees, store clerks, parking lot attendants, etc.
are outnumbered by those in Minnesota and California.
The Wisconsin Historical Society's Dictionary of Wisconsin History says that the Belgians in Wisconsin "are primarily Walloons and are tightly massed in a strip running from Green Bay to Sturgeon Bay." It continues: "They constitute the largest Belgian rural settlement in the U.
The most numerous of the foreign-born immigrants were from Germany.