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Caledonia, WI

Now an outer suburb south of Milwaukee, it borders Lake Michigan. Milwaukee of course is known as a destination for German immigrants, they started some of the nation's best-known breweries there. When Johann Valentin Ungerecht, came to the U.S. he settled on a farm in Caledonia, and it remained in the family for over 100 years. Descendants still live in the area. For most of her life, Emma Ungerecht Pietsch lived in an old farmhouse (made with tenons and wooden pegs) on a couple acres just to the north in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

Wales, WI

Located west of Milwaukee and about 35 miles from Caledonia, this is rolling country with oaks and other trees. Johann Georg Ungerecht moved to Wales from Hebron (near Glen Ullin) ND, and farmed there for 15 years. Then, the story goes, before returning to Glen Ullin he sold his land to the state so they could build the Wisconsin State Tuberculosis Sanatorium. It was a very scenic facility, and there are some interesting pictures on Flickr. In 1959 it was converted into the Ethan Allen Correctional Facility for Boys, that closed in 2011 and the site has been idle since then.

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