The Elders: Kay (Ruelle) Schmidt

Photo: Jupiter, Florida. 1989. Susan Allen.

In the early 1600s, small bands of French citizens began sailing across the Atlantic to begin new lives in what we now refer to as Canada. Many of them settled in Quebec, and would remain there for many generations.

In the 1850s, some of these French-Canadian families immigrated once again, this time to the brand-new American state of Wisconsin.