The Humboldt Independent from Humboldt, Iowa on January 26, 1974 · Page 8
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The Humboldt Independent from Humboldt, Iowa · Page 8

Humboldt, Iowa
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Saturday, January 26, 1974
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satutday, Jan. 2fy 1974 Cemeteries trace pioneer lives/ Indians fight near Gotch Park '(Editor's notes The following two stories, reprinted from the REPUBLICAN'S Centennial Edition, are the second in a'series of historical features emphasizing Mid Ibwa Development Association's (MIDAS) inventory of historical sites. MIDAS needs the help of Humboldt County residents in preparing ,the six-county regional history book. To help, contact Damon Ohlerking, MIDAS, 12 S. 10th St., Port Dodge, or phone, 576-7183.) OLD CEMETERIES MIRROR HISTORY This is not an attempt to provide a complete history of the establishment, progress, and officers of all the cemeteries in the area immediately surrounding Humboldt. It is meant to be a synopsis of their historical importance and interesting facts concerning them. Oakwood Cemetery High on a wooded bluff overlooking our river valley are the remains of a beautiful cemetery which was the first public burial ground in the immediate area of the city. First established under the name of Springvale Cemetery Renwick Mrs. Jerry Nelson attended a potluck dinner Monday of her card club in the home of Mrs. Lawrence Egemo at Eagle Grove. Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Gillespie were Sunday evening guests in the Harold Yanney home. Frances Hefty spent the weekend in the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Hefty. He returned to Iowa State College. Mr. and Mrs. Marion Morgan, Thompson, were Thursday supper visitors of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Morgan. Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Thompson and family visited Sunday evening in the Jerry Nelson home. in 1809, it was located southeast of the site of the present sewage plant beyond the railroad tracks, now called "HickSry Woods." the land originally belonged to Stephen Taft and after becoming a cemetery it was the aim of the founder that it should form part of the southern boundary of the town. An avenue was platted to run along its northern limit and plans were made for the site to be the final resting place for the deceased of the city. It remains a mystery why Oakwood was so little used and finally fell into decay. Most likely it was abandoned when the railroad right of way cut through the middle of the 11 acre plot, The supporting clue to this supposition is the fact that six years after the coming of the railroad the tract on which the cemetery rested was deeded back to Taft. Today nothing remains on the hill recounting its earlier days other than a few old broken stones which were used to mark the corners of the lots. Union Cemetery Perhaps the most surprising fact concerning Union Cemetery is that it was formally organized so long after the end of the Civil War, in 1882. Of course there were many burials on the land long before that date; the first to be buried there was George Elithrop in the fall fof 1862. Union Soldier Monument Dominant within the shady, tree-filled burial ground is the commanding figure of the Union Soldier which commemorates the efforts of Humboldt county men in the Civil War. Erected in 1885, it is surounded by the plots of many families whose names dominate the history of Humboldt: the Means, the Winnies, the Tremains, the Dickeys, the Proutys, and many more. The beautiful mausoleum of Frank Gotch is probably the most often visited of the graves. Hundreds pf 4i p.epple V. Waechters return from Las Vegas trip OTTOSEN-Mr. and Mrs. Verne Waechter returned home Friday following a car trip to Las Vegas with Mr. and Mrs. John Roeder, Algona. The Waechters went on to Phoenix where they visited friends and relatives in the homes of Mr. and Mrs. George Stewart and Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Joint. Mr. and Mrs. Edward Zinnel were hosts to their family at the Imperial Cafe for Sunday dinner. The Louis Jacobson family, the Richard Krause family, Lu Verne, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Jacobson and Stan Johanson, Emmetsburg, were there. They were later joined in the Zinnel home by Mr. and Mrs. Roy Telford. Mrs. Donald Larson accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Martin Meyer to Algona Sunday where they were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Meyer. Mr. and Mrs. Lenhard Holden and Mr. and Mrs. Gust Henningson, Rolfe, were Thursday potluck dinner guests of Mrs. Emma Jean Monday, a resident of Friendship Haven, Fort Dodge. Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Struthers were Saturday evening hosts to a 12 couple, 500 card party. Mr. and Mrs. James Banwart were a guest couple. Prizes were won by James Banwart, Mr. and Mrs. Dean Telford, Mrs. Howard Thompson and Mrs. Conrad Johnson. Mrs. Malcolm Helvick and Mrs. Arnold Brodale accompanied-Mrs. Richard Kinseth, Thursday morning to Des Moines, where PFC Marsha Kinseth caught a flight back to her duties at Brooke Hospital, Fort Sam Houston, Tex. Wednesday visitors of the Laurel Worsters were Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Willardson, Donnell, Minn. Mr. and Mrs. Tom Bennett were Saturday evening visitors in the Verne Waechter home. M. Holt hosts canasta party OTTOSEN-Margaret Holt was hostess to a Friday afternoon canasta party in her home. Those attending were Mrs. Earl Long, Mrs. Essie Cooper, Mrs. Roy Telford, Mrs. Eugene Hofius and Mrs. Loren Daniel. Mrs. Fred Scharf, Fort Dodce. was a Thursday afternoon visitor in the Erling Malmin home. Mr#. Earl Olson visited her cousin, Mrs. Josie Sween, Bode, last week and Mrs. Sween's houseguest, Mrs. Chester Gunderson, Belmond. Roy Jacobson recently was a visitor of Mrs. Helen Malm, a ^recent medical patient at PoCahontas Hospital, in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ivadell Lothian, Gilmore City. Mr. and Mrs. Lester Wehr- spann and Roger were Sunday visitors of Melvin Bratland, Bode, a medical patient at Trinity Regional Hospital West, Fort Dodge. Mr. and Mrs. Laurel Worster and Mrs. Ida Worster, . nlfe, were Sunday visitors IP hi- Russel Enockson homt Vlover. Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Bra^lanci, Beverly and Cindy, Bode, were Sunday supper guests of the Earl Lungs. Ed Zinnel and Hoy Telford were Saturday afternoon visitors in the Art Anderson home, West Bend. Weekend visitors of Roy Jacobson were Mr. and Mrs. Nick De Francisco, Des Moines. Sunday evening visitors of the Erling Malmins were Mr. and Mrs. Orville Knudson, Humboldt. • Cindy and Steve Brockway, Sunnyvale, Calif., were Wednesday overnight guests of grandparents, the Lenhard rioldens. used to visit it annually. Indian Mound Cemetery The most striking fact concerning Indian Mound Cemetery is that the major portion of the elevation on which it rests was constructed by human hands perhaps 16 centuries ago. The Woodland Indians, better known as the Moundbuilders, built this edifice by hauling hundreds and thousands of buckets of earth. Though the mound has never been officially excavated, it was given its name by-the cemetery association founders in 1881 found there on numerous occasions. To many people it is the most beautiful place in the county; certainly there can be no denying that from the top of the mound one of the most historically rich panoramas in the county can be viewed. Farmland and the wooded river banks surround the site. Far to the south the birthplace of Frank Gotch used to stand on the crest of a . hill just a little way from another Indian burial ground and traditional battleground. A little nearer, the forks of the river join at the former location of a French trading post; the resting place of Indians for centuries; the hunting and fishing paradise that both Frank Gotch and Senator Dolliver loved so well; and the battleground of the red men on countless occasions. To the southwest Glen farm and Indian Creek lie invisible beneath a mantle of trees. Here the Indians often camped even after the coming of the whitemen.' To the southeast beyond the forks is the Corn Belt Power Cooperative which stands in sharp contrast to the stage road which forded the river south of it. To the north is visible the Lloyd Soldow farm where another stage road and'ford were once located. And within the cemetery on the crest of the mound lies the grave of Mrs. Christian Lorbeer, the first white settler to be buried in the cemetery. She died in 1870. FIND INDIAN BONES IN GRAVEL PIT NEAR GOTCH PARK There are many tales of fierce Indian battles taking place in the vicinity of the forks of the Des Moines River, but most are unsubstantiated by known fact. One of the exceptions to this was a bloody encounter between the Pottawattamies and the Sioux shortly after 1850. The story was pieced together in 1932 after workmen at the gravel pit on the road to Gotch Park discovered hundreds of human bones along the railroad tracks about one quarter mile east of the road. They were unable to. immediately determine the race of the 19 skulls and skeletons that they found, but most people felt that they were Indians since such a massacre of white people would have undoubtedly caused a big stir at the time. They explained the lack of implements found with the bones by conjecturing that Indians killed by a war party would probably be stripped of their possessions. Faith Jones West provided an answer to the riddle when she recalled the circumstances of an Indian battle on the site that the bones were discovered. The Johnny Green band of Pottawattamie Indians was camping in what was a disputed area between the two tribes. One night a war party of Sioux swooped down on the sleeping camp and killed all but one of the Pottawattamie braves. Johnny Green was the sole survivor of the raid and brought up a detail of troops from Fort Dodge after he was able to escape the marauders by swimming under water for a great distance. The troopers secured from Fort Dodge threw the bodies in a shallow trench. This fact explains the helter-skelter arrangement which the bones were found. Souvenir hunters quickly disposed of all the valuable relics, unbroken bones, and skulls, leaving only a few yellowed bones in the bottom of the barrels which have all since disappeared. Modern archeologists question the authenticity of this explanation in the light of their other discoveries. The forks of the river are part of * eamplex of Indian bwial grounds and camp sites which antedate I860 by centuries in many eases, tt is currently felt that the high ground on which the skulls and other bone's _-...intnlspKf1fi!taK<> L. E. Wll&oh hottie at Eagle Grove. Mr. and Mrs. Lyte Kitley Visited Sttnday aftetntteft'ift the parental C. ft Waddefl home at Port Dodge and also visited In the home of Mrs, Kitley's sister, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Waldfop and Freddie, Fort Dodge. Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Skiye were Sunday dinner guests in the Bill Siemens home, Forest City, Awdeitefi gave a talk «ft *" ttrn ttufe ,._tfw MtptuT... aiftv ftetsn eatfre Sowse trod Mm, Paniieir 4 t I to spend a few days with her slate, Mrs. Annie fit Esthefville. and that the offered in 1932 is inadequate. Still other historians point to the traditional tale which circulated in pioneer days just across the road from the site In Corinth township. This tale tells of an Indian battle in the spring of 1857 which took the lives of 32 Indians in a fray between the same two tribes that Miss West felt were responsible for the bones found on the east side of the road. It is said that in the early days around 1860 that the pioneer boys used to spend their time digging bullets out of the trees surrounding the traditional battle site. One young man even found an Indian skull, e I Mrs. Betty Andersen, t . ' Humboldt! visited Sunday Hardy Mrs. Arthur Skiye visited Friday afternoon with Mrs. Thora Skiye at Goldfield. Mrs. Bill Walkner spent Friday afternoon in the home of her mother, Mrs. Lucy Liska, Eagle Grove. afternoon in the home Gudrun Andersen and was a supper guest. Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hefty and Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Hefty were supper guests Sunday evening in the Marshall Clancy home. Mr. and Mrs^ Kenneth Jacob, Ames, Mrs. Lila Mae Larson and Charles Thompson were Sunday supper and evening guests in the home of Mrs. Larson's mother, Mrs. Minnie Proctor. Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Pannell visited Monday afternoon with their grandson, Peter Gabba, in Humboldt County Memorial Hospital where he was a medical patient. Mrs. Howard Rasmussen and Mrs. Gudrun Andersen attended funeral services of Fred Smith in United Methodist Church at Goldfield Tuesday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Thompson, Brian, Jeff and Troy, Renwick, were Sunday dinner guests in the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Thompson. Mrs. Myron May attended Humboldt County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Board meeting in the cafeteria of the hospital Monday evening. ft Sunday di«nef guest in the home of Mr a. Annie Afner son. Trinity ALCW Nadmi Circle, was entertained In the home of Mrs. Arthur Netsort Tuesday afternoon with seven members present. Mrs. Jessie Mandsager was to .chaise of devotions and Bible study, The offering meditation was given by MM, Alvin Johnson and the new chairman, Mrs. Lewis Johnson, presided at the meeting, Trinity ALCW Ruth Circle was held Tuesday evening at the church. Hostess was Mrs. Arnold Johnson. Mrs. Jay Olson led devotions and gave Bible study. The offering meditation was given by Mrs. Dale Halverson and the new chairman, Mrs. Myron Westre, presided at the meeting. The next meeting of this circle will be Tuesday evening, Feb. 12, and will be held at the church. Hostess is Mrs. Cecil Tarbill. Bible study will be given by Mrs. Richard Amosson. T-4-U Club was entertained in the home of Mrs. Dennis Thompson Thursday j afternoon with 14 members present. A guest was Mrs. Donald Anderson. Mrs. Roger Anderson was in charge of the program and Mrs. Donald Li Yirni Mr. and Mrs. ftdy Guy wets honored on their 5mh wedding anniversary, Jan. 20, at the Ltr Venue Legtea Hall, tn honor 6f the occasion the children entertained the families at dinner at Van's Cafe in Algona with 50 attending. On Jan. 23, 1924, Sara Loretta Curtail and David Leroy Guy were united in marriage by the ReV Web- story pastor of 'the Baptist Church, Algona. Children of the couple are Jack, Lu Verne; Maxine, Loveland, Colo., Charlotte, Pine River, Minn., Patty, Rockwell, Geraldine, Gold, field, Margaret, Fort Collins, Colo., Joe, Bancroft, Jim, Waubun, Minn., and John, Tampa, Fla. There are 38 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Over 300 relatives and friends attended the reception. They came from Minnesota, Illinois, Colorado, California, Florida, Missouri and New Hampshire and from many different towns in Iowa. Mrs. Claude Whithill, Algona, was in charge of the guest book. John Guy had charge of the program. Tony Angus, Detroit Lakes, Minn., sang "Bless This House," and "The Lord's Prayer," accompanied by Judy Gray of Titonka. Craig Pearce, Mason City, sang several selections accompanied with his guitar. Cake was baked by daughters. Table was decor- aft*! 1 the ait af tftt fewjtty gathered in the Jack flay , ft Guests ; Sflndiy ift the Walter Bferettdls h«me were, gtfn, Mr, aftfl Mn. Notttert Bfefstettt, Brtwe ind Baft, AlgfflUa, sifter af MM. Slerstedt, Mrs, filnt Haft- never and daughter, and Mrs. Robert Koppen and Kim, Whittemdre. They came to celebrate the Bierstedt's 43rd wedding anniversary and Mrs. Bierstedts birthday the 26th. Goodwill Club met Ja«. 17 with Lula; Jagels. Ten member's were present. It was decided to have their luncheon in September instead of February. Jessie Melfndt Swafison and LttrtstU Gay havs biteiitwJ t»ths eteB the loflgust* «m»/§6 rw«« Melinda Smnm MA the The Gtftecftfl spent Wednesday evefijug viritfftf hw sister at Went Bend, the August Schafefs and Kevfn. senior Citizens met Jan, IS at City Hall. fhirt«*» members were-preaent, Dora Schlpull and Violet Swiger won at cards. Minnie David' son won at travel bingo. Lucille Smith jie'fvedlundh. t Mrs. Howard Swanson has returned home after being at the TlumBoiaf dounty M? morial Hospital for a week. Tat Harmon is home, so is Bob Blumer and Mildred Ellifritz. 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