Luxembourg celebration being planned

Saturday, July 28, 2018 [from Le Mars Daily Sentinel]

REMSEN — To celebrate the arrival of the first group of Luxembourg settlers into Sioux County, the Luxembourg Heritage Society of Northwest Iowa is planning a variety of events for June 6 and 7, 2020. Forty original settlers set out from St. Donatus, Iowa and arrived in the Alton area in May of 1870.

The society is seeking anyone of Luxembourgish descent in northwest Iowa, as well as descendants of the 40 original settlers. The families of the original settlers will be recognized at the celebration in 2020.

Names of those who came with the group included: Frank Arens; Mike Biever (Anne Harnes); Peter, Henry and Nick Frantzen; Theodore Gehlen; Nick and Peter Ginsbach; Frank Hansen (Margaretha Streng); Matt Harens; Nick Kass; Math and Susan (Hess) Konz; Nick Nemmers; Peter Ney; Peter Perlot; Hanry Ramacle; Peter Wagner (Mary Ludowissi). Other families came in following groups.

Descendants of any of these families are asked to contact the Luxembourg Heritage Society. The group would like a name, address, e-mail and/or phone number of someone to contact from the family.

Anyone with Luxembourg blood in their veins is invited to participate in planning for the celebration of the contribution of Luxembourgers in northwest Iowa. Pictures, family stories and genealogies will be welcome.

A new website related to the sesquicentennial has been set up at: Information and inquiries may be directed to the Luxembourg Heritage Society of NW Iowa, P.O. Box 414, Remsen, Iowa 51050 or to the website.