Croatt Lane

© Photographed February 28, 2015 and October 8, 2016
Erected by Luxemburg American Cultural Center Museum
Belgium, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin
43.502519,-87.834403
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Croatt Lane
Victor and Elizabeth Fouss Croat(t) and their eight children lived in Attert, Luxembourg. The area had been ravaged by the Napoleonic War and assigned to Belgium. The potato crop had failed. Land had been subdivided into unsustainable acreage. Life was very difficult for this family of ten. They decided to immigrate to America.

Driven by courage, faith and hope for a better life, they set sail in 1847 on a six week journey aboard a flour cargo ship. Arriving, they settled on thirty acres of land two miles south of Lake Church, Wisconsin.

The children married and started families throughout the Midwest. One son, Gilliam, established an eighty acre progressive farm on the corner of Sandy Beach and Lake Church Roads. He donated that very corner for a schoolhouse. He had the latest farm machinery and the finest horses.

Croatt Lane is dedicated to all Croatts who nurture family, faith & community.
The marker is located at the Luxemburg American Cultural Center Museum on southbound North Royal Avenue / County LL, at its intersection with Park Street, at 100 Peter Thein Avenue, Belgium, Wisconsin 53004.

The small marker (visible to the left) is located at the
Luxenbourg American Cultural Center Museum
in Belgium, Wisconsin.

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