The Background: Zillis and Alma

Here some
background on my family on the Polin side.
I am
descendant of Peter Polin, who moved to Alma Wisconsin from Switzerland as a young adult with his brother Martin. I read the biography Kathy Kubly wrote. As I live in The Netherlands I was not able to find out the year he was born, thanks to her I know it know for sure (1840). The Polin's (originally from Zillis, Switzerland) moved to San Luis Obispo after Alma and my great grand father Joe -Joseph born about 1868- (Peter's son), moved to Mexico marrying a lady from Sonora, Doña Sarita Tapia. Even though they never learned each other's language they had ten children, among them the twins Martin and my grand father Roberto. He married Emma Loustaunau. They had first the twins Manuel (my father) and Roberto and then came Eduardo. Manuel married Carmen de Palacio Magarola and they had Manuel Eduardo, Monica and me, Marisa.
It is very interesting to know that a huge Swiss immigration occurred mid 19th century to Wisconsin. Back in Zillis, Switzerland they have not much record about it... Only at the the St. Martin's Chuch in Zillis there is a chair graved with the name "Anna Pullinn", could be Peter's and Martin's mother, but I had other information with the now used surname "Polin" starting from 1690.

Kathy Kubly's text:

POLIN, Martin.
History of Northern Wisconsin. Chicago: Western Historical, 1881, p 164 Martin POLIN, merchant, Alma [Buffalo County, Wisconsin], was born 13 February 1840 in Switzerland. In 1857 he came to Alma and clerked for a man named GEETER [DeGEETER?] for a short time. He then went to Stillwater [Washington County], Minnesota, and clerked for Benjamin & Gray. In 1863 he enlisted in Company F, Fifty-fifth Regiment, New York Infantry, and was discharged in 1865. In 1865 he came back to Alma, and was in various businesses until he purchased the store of Tester & Polin, in 1873. [For additional information on Mr. TESTER, see the Buffalo County, Wisconsin, biography of John A. TESTER.]In 1872 he [Martin POLIN] married Magdalena POLIN, a native of Switzerland. They have seven children: Annie, Joshua, Elizabeth, Rosa, Oscar, Olga, and an infant. [The POLIN family is enumerated in the 1880 census of Alma, Buffalo County, Wisconsin: Martin, age forty, merchant, born in Switzerland (about 1840 from his census age, which agrees with the year of birth given in the biography), to parents also born in Switzerland; his wife Magdalena, thirty-eight, born in Switzerland (about 1842) to parents also born there; and six children: (1) Anna M., sixteen, born about 1866; (2) Joseph P., age twelve, born about 1868; Elsbeth, six, born about 1874; Rosa L., age four, born about 1876; Oscar, one year old, born about 1879; and Olga, also one (twin of Oscar?) and thus born about 1879. Since the census contains six instead of seven children, it is likely the infant mentioned in the biography was born between the 1880 enumeration and the date in 1881 when the text went to press. Submitter did not seek this family in later census records. Bracketed material added by submitter (who is not researching these surnames) to support and clarify information given in the biography and to raise questions.]

Tester and Polin General Merchandise Store

Also known as Riverside Gallery 215 N. Main St., Alma
Significant Year: 1861.
Area of Significance: Exploration/Settlement, Architecture, Commerce.
Period of Significance: 1850-1874.
Historic Function: Commerce/Trade, Domestic.

Historic Sub-function: Department Store, Single Dwelling
Current Function: Commerce/Trade, Domestic.
Current Sub-function: Single Dwelling, Specialty Store

The Gallery House Bed and Breakfast (or Tester and Polin)
is a lovely and intriguing home established in 1861, worthy of its listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The living room, dining room and grand front deck overlook the Mighty Mississippi. A sighting of eagles in their favorite tree or fishing, passage of the Delta, Mississippi or American Queen riverboats or towboats and spectacular sunsets generate wonderful memories. Jan's multi-course gourmet breakfast and the expanding art collection are also special features of a stay at The Gallery House.
Owner(s): Jan Hopkins.Open Since: 1985 with two rooms,.215 N. Main Street, P.O.Box 55, Alma, Wisconsin 54610, United States.tel: 608/685-4975 fax: 608/685-4977 e-mail: janbnb@win.bright.net

History of Alma, Wisconsin.
In 1848, two young Swiss men arrived in this area to cut the wood which would be used to fuel the steamboats which traveled the Mississippi River. They built a small shack and decided to stay. Others soon followed these early settlers. Until 1857, the newcomers were mostly Swiss immigrants. Perhaps the geographical features of this area reminded them of their native Switzerland. Twelve Mile Bluff was the original name (assigned by pilots of steamboats as they used a prominent cliff as a guide on dark nights) for the settlement.

The first two photo's are from the St. Martins Church in Zillis. The painted wooden ceiling is one of the oldest in Europe.
The third photo is an hoax, it comes from an old winery in Australia, probably as old as the real Tester & Polin shop.
The 4th photo is of Via Mala an important pass in the neighbourhood of Zillis, thanks to that money paid to cross the pass in the middle ages is that the region kept their economy. The last is the Martin Polin Library in Atascadero California.

NOTE: Since this text was written I have discovered new facts. This post is not completely correct, a better version will come later.

12 comentarios:

JoRgE dijo...


Tenéis algún antepasado español?

Porque yo soy de Galicia (NW de España), me apellido polin (creo que sólo hay 43 en toda españa y todos somos familia)

A ver si vamos a ser primos...


Un saludo,

Anónimo dijo...

wowwwwwww!! siempree habia queridoo saber mas de mi familia!! todo lo que lei si concuerda con cosas que me platicaban mis papas.. mis abuelos son magda polin y ricardo topete!! quiero conoser a todos mis parientes!!!

dinorah tellechea topete dijo...

hola aqui les mando la lista de los hijos con los nietos de Ricardo Topete Polin y Armida Parada Toledo, todos de ciudad Obregón, Sonora:

de Ricardo José Topete Parada y Gabriela Bórquez Mexía:
Gabriela Topete Bórquez
Ricardo Topete Bórquez

de Mario Gerardo Topete Parada y Ana Cecilia Martínez Belmont:
Mario Gerardo Topete Martínez
Alejandro Topete Martínez
Andrés Topete Martínez
Anna Cecilia Topete Martínez

de Maria Magdalena Topete Parada y Enrique García Ibarra:
Enrique García Topete
Magda García Topete
Andrea García Topete

de Rogerio Octavio Topete y Elsa Patricia Rodríguez Alcántar:
Rogerio Topete Rodríguez
Mónica Patricia Topete Rodríguez

de Maria Armida Topete Parada y Roberto Tellechea Salido:
Daniela Tellechea Topete
Roberto Tellechea Topete
Dinorah Tellechea Topete

de Maritza Guadalupe Topete Parada y Roberto Arreola Álvarez:
Maritza Guadalupe Arreola Topete
Fátima Arreola Topete

de Martín Eduardo Topete Parada y Carolina González:
Martín Topete González
Camila Topete González

de David Manuel Topete Parada y Maria Laura Álvarez Apodaca:
Maria Laura Topete Álvarez
Sofía Topete Álvarez
David Topete Álvarez

dinorah tellechea topete dijo...

cualquier comentario o dudas aqui les dejo mi correo:

Anónimo dijo...

im married to your 3rd cousin
Francisco Rendon Polin grandson 2 francisco polin tapia

Krista Saldaña kristasaldana@hotmail.com

Marisa Polin dijo...

Dear Krista,

I am glad you contact me (and "Los Polin"), as you can see in the site there are more and more Polins getting involved and being found.
It will be very nice if you also contribute with the family information from the children of Francisco Polin (el tio Pancho, as I know him) and the grand children of his. I only have contact with Margarita (Baby) Polin.
The family info and photo's, and stories will be 100% welcome.
Your husband and I are second cousins as our grandfathers were brothers.
Do you speak Spanish too?
Do you have children?

I hope you want to contribute to the site together with your husbands and the other inlaws.
I am sending you an invitation to participate and later a genealogical tree.

Hope to hear from you soon,


Woooww eso si k es impresionante.. La familia AMPUDIA se desprende de ahi.... Los Españoles.... Ps aki en Mexico solo existimos unos cuanots sobre todo en Oaxaca... Espero saber mas.... Gracias por la publicacion... De verdad que hacen un gran trabajo...

Enrique Polin Lopez dijo...

Q onda tia marisa soy enrique polin tu sobrino solo para que corrigas una informacion sobre el blog.

mi mama se llama elizabeth scarlett lopez de polin y nuestro apellido es polin lopez, osea que quedaria asi:

Enrique Polin Moreno y Elizabeth Lopez del bosque
-Enrique A. Polin Lopez (alejandro_polin@hotmail.com)
-Scarlett I. Polin Lopez
-Edgar E. Polin Lopez

Saludos a TODOS!!!!!!

Marisa Polin dijo...

Gracias por las correcciones. hechas!

Anónimo dijo...

Estoy buscando informacion sobre Al Polin que construyp el Hotel Las Américas de Acapulco. Lo conoces?

Anónimo dijo...

Hola Marisa,

Soy Homero Rendon Polin y me gustaria mandarte unos documentos que encontre en mi viaje a Alma, WI. Mi correo es HomeroRendonPolin@Yahoo.com.



Anónimo dijo...

Soy de Nuevo Laredo Mexico, en mi ciudad hay una escuela llamada "Magda Polin de Topete" me imagino que era esposa de Ricardo Topete Alfaro , alguien tendra una imagen de Magda Polin de Topete, el kinder fue inaugurado en marzo de 1960.

Muchas gracias, mi correo es omarsm2002@gmail.com