The first Dane to settle in Racine, Wis.was John Bangs in 1839. From 1860 to 1870 the main Danish immigration set in and in those 10 years every ship brought scores of fair-haired settlers from Denmark.Some years ago it has been estimated, thatmore than 40,000 persons of Danish extraction live in Racine. Most of the Danes,who arrived here, were skilled craftsman and had a trade.They went to work at the Mitchell Wagon Works,J.I. Case Threshing Machine Co. and other localfactories.Many of Theproducts manufactured by these companies weremade of Wood.Which created a demand for the "Highly Skilled" Danish woodworkers , who had recieved their training in Denmarks Trade Schools. Even todayRacine's Danish bakeries areknownfor their pastries and "Kringle".
Excerpt from -- THERE IS NOTHING LIKE A DANE--- First Dane arrived in Racine in 1839 By Gerald L. Karwowski Shoreline Leader --- Special Section March 18, 1982