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“Frederick (Frederic) Bangerter emigrated from his native Switzerland in February 1864 and made his way to Washington. In November 1868, Bangerter married a German immigrant named Christiana Wilhelmenia Krueger. Five years after arriving in Washington, Bangerter bought a house and two lots in Reno City. Developer Onion and BUtts posted an ad in the National Republican that the location was most desirable and that “everything requisite for… a suburban residence” was available. Bangerter’s descendants believe he bought the Quartermaster’s house, still standing after the abandonment of Fort Reno. Bangerter built the successful “Swiss Dairy,” named as a nod to his motherland. The Bangerter family had a presence in Reno until well into the 20th century. Eventually they fell victim to the evictions that plagued the residents while the federal government acquired the land to create Reno Park.”

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