100 Years Old or More - Remnant of the Immigrant Experience
As immigrants settled in their new communities, a place of worship was usually established. These pioneer churches were a gathering place for the immigrants and reflected the values they brought over from their homeland. Michael Cooney, photographer, has documented some of the churches that still exist in Wisconsin. He has located and photographed churches in Winnebago, Fond du Lac, Marquette, Calumet, and Waushara counties.
Links to Local History Books
These three items record the history of the Welsh settlement which covered much of the Towns of Utica and Nekimi in Winnebago County and adjoining towns in Fond du Lac County.
Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Welsh settlement centennial, 1847-1947 : a translation of . . . the jubilee book of 1897, giving the history of the Welsh of Winnebago and Fond du Lac counties . . . edited by the Rev. David Davies, and translated . . . by . . . the Rev. Howell D. Davies. 
Addresses given at the centennial of the Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Welsh settlement, Bethesda Church, Town of Nekimi, Winnebago county, July 4-6, 1947: also the register of the 1,013 persons attending . . . . 
About the Photographer
Born and raised in New London, Wis., where he lived on a farm, Michael Cooney spent many early days at the local library researching local geological and historical points of interest and then going out and finding them. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and spending two years in the Army, he worked for the Boy Scouts of America. While obtaining his MBA at UW-Oshkosh, Michael "grazed" undergraduate classes in photography, film and television production and worked as a TV news stringer for WFRV-TV.
Currently, Michael is a partner in Workforce Communications, where he specializes in producing and directing commercials that appear in major TV markets across the country. In addition, he is the editor of the Career Education Review as well as serving as travel writer and staff photographer for "N' magazine.