Swiss Company celebrates 100 years | Community

It’s not covered in many history books, but the Swiss were in America long before the United States was even an idea. Over 200 years, in fact. But, as with many other immigrant groups, it was in the late 19th and early 20th centuries that the pace of immigration began to pick up.

It is estimated that nearly a quarter of a million Swiss arrived in the United States between 1860 and the 1910s. Some of these pioneers went to the Pacific Northwest – Oregon, to be exact – and settled in Tillamook County.

James C. Tibbs