This photo was taken in Polk County, Wisconsin in 1918. It shows Oscar Setter, his wife Anne Martha Svendsen and the first 19 of their 20 children. The last daughter, Anita, was born in 1919. Oscar and Anne Martha emigrated from Norway. Many Europeans emigrated to American in the late-19th and early-20th century. Many sought industrial jobs in the expanding cities of the Mid-West. Large numbers of Scandinavians (Norwegians and Swedes) , however, migrated to the upper Midwest (especially Minnesota and Wisconsin) where they established farms. The Setter family looks to be one of these immigrant farm families. Large families were an advantage for farming as there were so many jobs that needed to be done. We are sure, however, just when Setter entered the United States.
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