These 1867 AD excerpts appeared in Germany and on the East Coast:
- Illinois, the Garden State of America
- Finest Farming lands, equal to any in the world from $6 to $12 an acre
- Near markets, schools, railroads, churches, and all the blessings of civilization
- There is no part of the world where all the conditions of climate & soil so admirably combine to produce those two great staples, corn & wheat
- No where can the industrious farmer secure such immediate results from his labor as on these deep, rich, loamy soils, cultivated with such ease
- Mechanics and working men will find the free school system encouraged by the state and endowed with large revenue for the support of the schools
Sounds like an advertisement from a government agency promoting development, doesn't it?
Actually the AD was placed by the Illinois Central Railroad, which had received 3,840 acres in land grants for every mile of rail it had laid!
Now, we can be pretty sure of why the Blase family came to America and settled in Illinois.
1. A terrible farming recession in Germany
2. Carl Frederich Blase was a farmer
3. News from America made farming seem great in Illinois.
4. John Holder worked for the railroad & perhaps sent news to Carl