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In 1842 after leaving the small city of Milwaukee by farm wagon, and shortly after arriving from Germany, my wife and I came to find a new homesite and freedom in a new land where living would be a challenge. My wife took a liking to the settlement of indigenous people along pigeon creek. She especially liked the smell of them cooking venison over open fires. On July 20, 1842 I bought a plot of land from John Weston at a bend in the Milwaukee River. I decided that a flour mill, which was needed in the area, could be built at the confluence of the Milwaukee River and Pigeon Creek. It became the biggest undertaking in the area and caused the development of a marketplace-like village named Thiensville. In 1857 I established the volunteer fire department and served as its first captain.