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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 all possible avenues to 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 of Iowa. The Union township cemetery was started as a private 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 that this could not be, and so she sold the ground to Union township for a cemetery JUNE 9, 1893, there is a record of the purchase of the ground by Union;township from my grandmother, Mrs 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, 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 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* east of the Norton place, because of some superstition they may have had about death occuring at their usual 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 place in the Frank 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 this Riebhoff family would r*> tork "Well, they have been avef to visit the graves today. There was always a quiet seri flustiess about the ones wh< made these trips. During thei teti day camping period they often made a couple of trip to the cemetery. in July, |9il Oliver, a broth er of Alanzd, Was brought back for burial. This was When the second lot was purchased in the name of Charles Gutzell, the fence was added and perhaps another tree or two set out. SOON THE Old Queen died and with her passing the number who came back each year grew less. On October 1, 1912, Albert Jeffrey, the 10-year-old son of H. and E. Jeffrey and a grand son of the Old Queen, was bur- ed in the family lot. The late Rev. A. H. Wood, then pastor of Good Hope church, had charge of the services. Each fall Mr Jeffrey would bring a box containing a hair wreath to be stored at our house during the winter months. In the spring he would call for it, and again it would be placed among the stones and shells which had been some of the playthings of little Albert. On one of these spring calls bmily and I had our only scare from these people. We attended school at District 5 and reached home about 4:30. We knew the folks might not be back from a trip to Burt for some time so we started to get things ready for the evening meal. s Suddenly without any warning, a short, dark man appear* d , rat °ur back door and asked Where is the boss?" We were just plain frightened that instant! No one ever spoke of my father that way. He was either Mr. Annis", "Will" or "Your Father". We hated to have to admit that he was not at home. We watched the man disappear around the orchard toward the cemetery. I went out and stood on a little rise of ground south of the house, accompanied by our little fox terrier dog, and there I stayed until I saw the folks coming Just what I thought I could do standing out there isn't clear to me tiow, bat there I itood patiently waiting. pt course, we could hardly contain ourselves until the folks had gotten into the yard. My father said it was probably Mr Jeffrey after the wreath, and went over to the cemetery to see him. Me often talked with Mr Jef frey and enjoyed the visits as he found him quite well inform ed. Once or twice we accompan led my father to the cemetery to visit the Jeffreys, but 1 can't recall that Mrs Jeffrey and the little girl ever said much. The little girl was about our age and, except for her very dark skin and the fact her skirts were longer than ours, she was much like Us. There was a fifth grave, which may have been a child killed by a man grading the road. Since there is no one living that was an eye witness the name of the supervisor must be omitted, as there are descendants who could be sued. Tho story Is that the children began to swarm over the machine and so the driver stopped. The children wouldn't get .off. When the driver started up the horses, a child was thrown before the grader and killed. Sunday, March 11, 1923, a sensational prize winning story written by an Algona girl ap- >eared in the Des Moines Reg- ster. It was well illustrated and a couple of photographs were also used. Soon the Jeffreys returned very highly incensed and took strong exception to ;he story, claiming they were not and never had been gypsies. The author was supposed to xave contacted the postmaster n the town where the Jeffrey's ittle daughter was reported to have been in school in order to Aerify her story and the things he quoted as facts. It must have been at this ime that the Jeffreys went to he W. C. Nelson home, just outh of District 5 school, as Mr Velson was then township clerk. Mrs Nelson does not recall what the men discussed, but orobably he came to Mr .Nelson o protest the story. Mrs Jefrey, who did come to the house, was dressed much m any neighbor might be. She was, however, extremely angry and kept repeating "She called my mother an Old Gypsy Queen and she Wasn't". One day my father noticed that a great flock of crows kept hovering over the cemetery, so he went to investigate. He thought a lamb might have been killed, or some animal caught in the fence. It was then he discovered the open graves. The markers, shells and stones were all gone. He inquired of all the neighbors, but no one had seen or heard a thing. Unfortunately neither my father nor anyone else jotted down the date. Since the story appeared in March, 1923, and my father died in November, 1926, it had to be in the yean between thdtt date*, IN THt spring of 1934 Of 1925 Mrs Henry Tjaden retail* seeing marks of many heavy trucks when she Went td the cemetery shortly before Memorial day to take cafe of her parents' graves. She said either side of the cement rails were down but the gate was stand' ing and shut She wondered if there were a superstition connected with a closed gate. , Many interesting stories are told about the Old Queen, but probably the most amazing one centers about a call at the Bob Vincent home, the place just south of the cemetery, now own* ed by Fred Kent. She went in* to the yard to beg, and, need* (Continued on Page 6) NO. 4 IN A SERIES .... MYSTERY CAR — OF THE WEEK — Follow Hiit •er»e» «very w«tk — tilt your ability to Identify Hie FEATUMO ANTIQUE CAR pkturad hen. The *ntwor for thit woeh appears Mow. SPECIAL of the WEEK! WHITE WALL" WHEEL DISCS SET OF 4, ONLY . . . $ 6.95 VALU ! Coast-to-Coast Stores ED WOLF, Owner — Phone CY 4-4432 — ALGONA 4*ddiif M IMPROVE roc//- Home

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

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