The 1840's saw an influx of German immigrants into the southern part of the County. The original groups were Catholic peasant farmers from the Bocholt area. Share or query here for information about your German ancestors.
This list includes those who declared Prussia/ Hannover/ Saxony/ Bavaria or Holland as birthplace in Loutre Township on the 1850 census; including name, spouse, ship, land patent and hometown. It is a work-in-process and additional info or corrections are most welcome. Looking for info on these families: Ittner/Ettner, Bobbs/Bapst, Bennet/Bernett, Arnold and Zeagler/Souder. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have more details.
Many of the Loutre Germans came from the town of Keeken, Kleve. Click on the above link for a history of the Catholic Church copied from the internet.