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Cemetary - ridiculous that really never was (On request of...
ridiculous that really never was (On request of the Advance the following Interesting artl- cU of the totalled gypsy cemetery was written by Mrs Beth Annis Freete. I) tell* how tho Union township corn* otery was erroneously given the title because at one time five bodies of a nomad group were burled there. There are none there now, but that is a part of Mrs Freese's story.) There is no gypsy cemetery and there never has been one. That title has erroneously been applied to the Union township cemetery. . Several years ago I asked that nothing more be said or printed on this topic until I had exhausted exhausted all possible avenues to verify verify the closing facts in the story. If I am able to do so the article will go to the State Historical Society for inclusion in their records, but if some things are left in doubt the story will take its place in the folklore channels channels of Iowa. The Union township cemetery was started as a private cemetery cemetery by my grandfather, Albert Blush Frink, who wished to be buried on his own farm. He died December 16, 1891 and was buried, according to his wishes, in the area designated. My grandmother was soon informed informed that this could not be, and so she sold the ground to Union township for a cemetery JUNE 9, 1893, there is a record record of the purchase of the ground by Union;township from my grandmother, Mrs Bathsheba Bathsheba Ann Frink, my aunt, Cora Irink, my mother, Katie Frink Annis, and my father, W. W Annis. •' However the deed for our family lot was dated September 5, 1896. In the same month four others were recorded -and one . who was one' member of the Nomadic tribe. Frank Jenkinson, Jenkinson, of ten told that, he had to go help mark out the- lot' "jfor a man with a long flowiii beard". His fee for the servic was 25c—which, by the way, h never received. February 20, 1912, anothe lot was sold to Charles Gutzell I hero is no other record o sale, but the cemetery plo shows a lot purchased by H and E Jeffrey. About this time al the lots purchased by the Gut zells and Jeffreys were enclos ed with a cement base and a foot or so higher cement rail mg. fhere was a small ornate gate as an entrance into th lots. 4t This story, which has piqued the interest of lowans for years had its beginning back in 1896 when Alanzo Outatell, a younj man in a wandering, dark-skin ned group of travelers, died of tuberculosis in Union township 3 miles north and V/\ miles east of Algona, just east of the entrance to the Norton farm now rented by the; Melvin Alts THE GUTZELL group generally generally camped about,a mile south of the Norton place near a stream in the woods on the Frank Thompson place. This would be a few .rods south of the D. A. R. marker for Gopher College. They probably camped there that night, but, when they realized the boy was dying, moved him to a clump of Willow* Willow* east of the Norton place, because of some superstition they may have had about death occuring at their usual camping camping grounds. All night they carried on in their weird ceremonial customs — yelling, moaning, singing and dancing, to which was added the constant barking of the dogs— and all to the great discomfort discomfort and annoyance of those living in the neighborhood. Another erroneous report that continues to circulate is that it was my father who heard the weird cries as the boy was dying. We lived approximately two and a half miles west and a mile and a half north from the place where Alanzo was, so my father did not hear the voices. In the morning the wagons made ready to move on, leaving leaving the body of Alamo on a maftret* in the road. It was Frank Riebheff, Aiho lived iMtfTlNQb;* |k* Norton plio," end not my father, who stop- ped the load wagons and to make the driver* t stand that Alamo mutt be buried, However, tho law •«• forcement agencies from Alt gone had, to bo called e«t before tho people would do a thing. | The Old Queen, as We always called her, claimed they were Catholics, but the priest refused refused to allow burial in their cemetery, mainly on tiii grounds that Alanzo was not given the last rites. Just why they chose to purchase a lot in the Union township cemetery is not entirely clear, unless it was that the lot was much cheaper and in a more remote area. ; And so in August, 1896, Alanzo Alanzo was buried in the Union township cemetery. However, it was some years later before the* usual monument appeared to mark his resting place. K The Gutzells continued their semi-annual visits to the cemetery cemetery on their trips north in the spring and back south in the 'all. On some of these spring rips they set out flowers'. Once Mrs Henry Tjaden recalls five small tubs of pansies were placed placed just outside the fence foil he five graves. it The children of Frank RieW loff recall their father telling; n the early days of these visits' o the cemetery by the Gutzells. They would camp at their usual usual place in the Frank Thompon Thompon woods. Early in the fore-, noon some of the Riebhoffs would see a few of the buggies or wagons go by, the ladies in heir best and all seated seri- usly. ; ^' On these trips some remain- id at the camp and. no does were allowed to accompany an£ 4 of the wagons. In the late altelg noon they would return —ana good an expert as any of them lisa nice advantage for the ex perts to tell how to do it # # # IT'S GOVERNOR'S days a Clear Lake this weekend and i new Miss Iowa will be selected Fortunately they don't let the politicians in on the judging or it could be tragic. Something like the fact a giraffe was pui together by a legislative com mittee. flustiess made these teti day often to the in July, er of for burial. second lot name of fence was another SOON and with number who grew less. On Jeffrey, H. and E. son of the ed in the Rev. A. of Good charge of Each fall bring a wreath to house In the it, and placed among which had playthings On one bmily and from these attended school reached knew the back from some time things meal. Suddenly warning, a short, appear* d , rat °ur Where is just plain instant! No father that Mr. Annis", Father". admit that We disappear around toward the and stood ground accompanied terrier dog, until I saw Just what standing IMPROVE roc//- Home

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  1. Kossuth County Advance,
  2. 26 Jul 1962, Thu,
  3. Page 13

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