Eric A. Englin, age 12, came to the where Trade River enters the St. Croix River with his family in 1869 to join a small colony of Swedish immigrants.
The settlement was located several miles upstream of St. Croix Falls.
In 1920, at the age of 70 Englin wrote a recollection of his Swedish roots and his American life. He chronicles what life was like in the 1800s along the river, the farmers, the lumberjacks, schools, jobs, and reflects on how everything has changed by 1920 when he wrote this book.
The original booklet is reprinted and dozens of photos of the area, maps and other information added to give a better understanding of the folks who settled on the Sterling Sand Barrens.