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Spirit Lake Beacon (Newspaper) - September 7, 1876, Spirit Lake, Iowa SPIRIT DICKINSON COUNTY IOWA AUGUST 7th 1876 and that UM lake waa under the gmttltn watch caw of a Qreat Spirit 1ta4 iM wMwa continually troubled that AO lodtaa ever ventured to cross U U That some twlUf of this Mad U certain to what extent Iv The tell of mystery and the iOW of uncertainty which was thug tluown over this romantic roglou attracted UM attention uf the restless and hardy pio who thus induced to strikeout fir beyond tho confines of civilization and bomei for themselves anil their pos terity in this land of romance and this re of mystery Iowa TUU CHAVTEH II DKTA1IJ FMOM THK FEKXA KBJIT IBTTUUIiINT TO THK TIWK OV THK MAMACUE Tbc Ant attempt at permanent tcltlc mest ia county was tnado by a party from Wiog Mian Win Umifcr Carl Granger Burt Hnydcr and Ot Harriot of Judge Harriot of La IlHnoU They located upon tho point on die nonh sldo of tho Olutbojt bridge Uio Grangers claiming lite point and Uio land along East Okoboj Harriot uiaplo grove on Wts Okoboj i lake and Snyder Center Grove Ontfr Qrovu waa known ta Snydcri Orwvc fur anuio time aflur tho tcttlemcnl wbacquent to the massacre AMr JUUocka and his family with Mvtrai from Delaware county in tbia HU4C tcttlcd iu tho grove touth of tho Okoboj I bridge which waa then known aa Utklng iu namo from Fjqulre Jlatlrxks oiid of Ihc principal ajid Inttucntia men of that ict ilcmoiit A abort time after thU a Kr Oardiicr from Cvrro Gordo county in thU State and hits aoninlaw Harvey cuuc in and erected cabins near uhal was then known u the pnrducr bouse being tho onu DOW occupied by Hcv Stunuel Pillibury and the one now occupied by K V Oibbrn Mr JoMph M Thatcher from Frank iu cuuuly but formerly from Indiana about hU time staled at tho north end of what It noiv cat ltd Tusculum Grovo Ilij Cfbin Ij jtill standing upon tlio farm of Mr H lArthur At tho same time a Mr ituwe Ht the south end uf llic grove mar thu iimcolrMidcDCu of Mr At the ttino they were here in Novein cr tho party of Indians known asi Inkpaduilaha band were camped at the wuthern extremity of Black Looni Lake to Jackuoa county Minnesota can bo ascertained the band con ililcdofnot less than sUtecu nor more twenty men with their and pappooaes and theuaual an Indian camp baud had long been known as a JOting thieving pilfering bund of tramps andoullawi Living upon tho border di viding whites and Indians they re ipectcd neither the usages or tho authority of either They drew no supplies or an unities from the Government and they did not themselves bound by any treaty which could be made They pog no comprehension of a moral obli gation whatever Falsa treacherous and degraded they possessed the vices of both and tlio virtues of nulther band hod been a source of apprehension and tetror to the settlors aloug the border for many years Their depredations in Iktone county form a portion of the im portant events In the early history of that I Uwt that Hi iijntiii I Hi ami UM extol which to la the which CBAPTXR I M TBA la honor 8 af Wa CMnty waa My and release of alf rightfully belong to the early history of thia county and if they could have been obtained would doubtless hare formed ita most thrilling chapter They were published the time in Ihfl St Paul papers and are doubtless still in exigence butjroin the shortnes of the tvjnc I have had in which to prepare this irtidle1 have not been able to obtain them for obtaining them should be mediately Continued next Measures taken iro y tlia timo tioy Lad eounly jtwoof Iheir number the final ransom loir depredations had assumed a most savage and atrocious afiaracter Fcom the Little Sioux messengers were sent to Fort Dodgo describing their situa ion and Imploring relief Bui tho citizens f Port Dodge gave no credit to their oprescnUtioni and refused to believe their eportsof the Indian depredations They tuew the destitute condition of the settlers along the frontier at the commencement of whiter and branded the whole story as a useto induce ttieui to send supplies or ako other racusiiroa for their relief The matter was talked over for a day or two in tart Dodgo and theu the subject was drop ed and not thought of again until the news reached them of the wholesale mas sacre at the lakes Tbe Indians arrived in the vicinity of the lakes about the first of March and camped ia the Okoboji Grove at a distance of about fifteen yardsfrom Mattocks fiouso The inhabitants there lad received no intimation of the depreda tions committed by them along the Little Sioux and had no apprehension of thcdan icr up to the time of tlio outbreak and were therefore taken entirely by surprise 6avds LAW AND HEAL ESTATE A letter found upon the ground written by Dr Harriot to his father Judge Harriot dated MarchTHH two previous to the diana were camped thorc that they were on frltmdly tenua with them and that they had do at some trading with them Oilier matters were referred to in he letter which shows they had no suspicions of danger of the massaAe can never be knosvu as there were nonr left to tell ide fearful talc All the details we have are those given by lha daughter of Mr Gardner and they are confined ex clusivelyto her fathers family Her ac count is that the Indians had been encamp ed in the grove for several and that they had no Intimation of any thing wrong until the afternoon or evening of tho 7th of March when her father came up from Esquire Mattocks baring passed the In dian camp and toll his family that he iivSeptember lr Marble from Mlo scttkd upon ho wot bunk of Spirit Luke on the jilacu iioir owned by Mr A Sv Mead These all of the witlicincnts previous li tho massacre of JS5J In order to avoid confusion rccnpitula may be iltaiirabo Thu party consisting of Itu Ornng er brutlivM llnrrliU anil Siiyilur redded north itf Ihu where Okoboji bridge stiuiils Tliwy weru all young men without except Will loin Granger and family was not litre 2J The family uf Mr ilHttocka con uf himself and wife nml seven childcu at ilio tmuth cad uf the Okobiiji bridge Tlicre also residing wliu him a Mr MatUson and his son had taken claim upon the wtal sidu ol Weal Ink upon wlial lias sinci known as Mallcson jrovc but hail made no Improvements there Sd The family of Mr Gardner con sitting of children the otdotf being liie wife of Mr Luse and Mr Lose wife and two children resid ed in the now occupied by Rev 8 IitUUiry There was aUo man by tlio name of Clark also one by Uio nume of Wilson The family of Mr Ilowcconsilsiing ttf hinuelf wife and seven children the oldest fcclnjf the wife of Mr Xobles and resided in a cabin near tha present resi dence uf Mr Laduo tth The family of Mr J M Thatcher ctnuUllng of himself wife and one child and family of ilr Nobles consisting of himself and wife resided ia a cabin on fee place now owned by Mr II O Arthur There was boarding with Mr Thatch at Morris Murkham Mr and a brotb arUlaw of Mrs Thatcher by the name of Butch family of Mr Marble con uimarlf and wife resided war MM preseBt rnkkaace of Mr A S Mead I have beea thai partictnlar pointing the location of tne diflfcr ent familiee and UM of penont connected with each from Ae fact that ia the spring of 1857 OSM important event in the early county The aaiiio Is true of Ccrio Gordo county Tlio nature of the troubles depredations committed and the rchjrredto tho fact that the In ures uf retaliation or defense adopted by the inhabitants does not jiruncrly belong lore and they aro simply referred to as showing the relations existing between settlers Hnd the Indians at the time uuder contemplation In Kossulh county the troubles had assumed a still more serious character and finally culminated in kill ing tlio Indian chief Siuuondotah the father ot Inkpadulnh anil his entire fami ly by a man by the name of Lott living on what ia known arLoUs Creek below Algoiiu in Knssuth county The skull of this celebrated Indian chief and s now En the possession of parties at Fort Dodge It ia noiv easy to comprehend the feelings of bitterness hatred and revenge which this bund of Indium held toward the whitu settlers The winter of 185C and 1857 Is one lonjfto be rcnitmbcrtd by the ncope of Iowa tu tiic most duvcre one in the aunala of its history The first heavy storui occurred upon the 1st day of De cember nnd Hie enow fell to Ihc depth of about two feet This was followed by others iu quick succession until the snow reached a depth of four feet These storms were of the most fearful and vio lent character JColhing upprooching hum In intensity has been experienced in tlio Stale of Iowa since Tbe Ecltlcra at till lakes were but illy prepared for such a winter aa this We must rcuicuibvr that there was nut a foot of lumber to bo ial within a hundred miles and all of Ihc flour and provisions used had to be hiuted twice UIAI distiuico The cililu ut thcj Kctllera were unfurnished They were without liuorj nnd had heavy puuchcon doors hung on wooden hinges Uut fuw of thusu settlers had been able to giU Iu a sufficient supply of pruvisions when thu flrit slorpii came and only sue cctdcd in reaching hume on snow shoes dragging what litllu they could on hand umdo for the occasion The MiflTtrliig and privation endured at that timv may be imagined but they cnn uot tc described in his nearer to njustconcup tion of il than anything else Umt was ever written and by the way thegioat poet spent a portion of that winter in Minneso ta nml tliu winter his poem appeared and wo hnvB every rcasou to bclievo that his conceptions ao thrilling clear and lisliuct of the cold and dreary winterwere Irswn from actual observations and ex perience In Minnesota of the terrible win crof 1850 and 1851 The bond of Indians of which mention 113 heretofore been made left their camp n Minnesota in December and went down he Little Sioui us far as Smiibland Up to this time they had had no trouble with the whites and their relations were sup posed to be friendly The settlers here tnew but lltllc if anything of the previous troubles of this band of Indians and the settlers in aider localities and they II G OAY tturuey and Counsellor Ctttiervlllc Kni aU7l ORSON HIOE ATTORNEY AT LAW AMD Mi Eslatfl iLn lent OFFICE IN COURT HOUSE SPIRIT LAKE IOWA All eutruttcd to his coro vrlll cch9 prurupt aud careful aticmloii TVo TO fllli Til A YKLLlXa X Minne Waukoa o cr m Spirit Lake Iowa IB Bret The Qerman E B SOPEH Attornurat Keai rnur u vlllu Xuwa UOTKLS IIOUSR O CrinJol Proprietor Spirit Luke Iowa Good Btabliuu atuched ESTHERVIILE HOUSE O Jf Proprietor Bitliurvlllo Emmel Iowa MEDICAL PhyFldun with Wd tcct uiock uf D H C CHARY Su too SfUforiJ Office ny be J Patent Mcuiciaca etc All or Freeport Illinois ioefl or damaxt1 brtinorUKUtiiliiK ASSETS OTKR JLotses Adjusted and Promptly paid at thu Agency By AD economical careful unrt tbla company to offer fndcui mtjsecond to none Iu the con u try Follclea Itfdued in both the JEngllsh and German UKAII A MOUSE Agent SPIRIT LAKE IOWA J W CORY E A 11EEVES MI Physlcltin and Burgeon Spirit Lake luvti re srectfully offers hu to line chlEC P of tliU vicinity Surgery tturt dUuftttut of wutJiennnii children a ffpvcimlty OfJici onv door vrott of Boo store and make U and at the tame about which get the teaat reliable infonnatioa CMAPPEH III rat unwwortn UM of ISM a pw SUM too O C R V AUCTIONEERS 23tf D rexpectfuHj Inform Iho pnlili to du all oi wurlc In had no apprehensions of anyjierious dif ficulty The first trouble occurred at or in the vicinity of Smilhland A large drove of elk had come In there from tho prairie Thiao the Indians In jurround ing and slaughtering This created con liderable excitement and some of tho sct conceived the idea of driving the In away To accompliab they in yitcd the Indians in and got up a drunken and represented tkcmaelvea u aol aeat oat by General Ilarney to drive them oat ot country At that time about of Hamey at Hol bU fiamo a perfect terror to DM Sioux Indians and they became very much alarmed and excited ao much ao that they mtarted immediately for the north portico of Iheir gtuks aad camp becone It aadTiiM Tfhat they coold to counteract wkat they Wared woold be property which tkafediaiu had left behiatd aad teat tken to MM did wbatelM they to Iteir wiDiiw appear nfraid they were going to have trouble with the Indians as that afternoon they had displayed an unusual degree of insolence and sulleuness is their beariugaud tliat he funred there was danger ahead Aleo that he hud talked with ilio mca at Grangers and MuUecki but they scouted the idea of there being tiny trouble They regarded it sitnply ni a pet nf the Indians that thuy would soon get over and took no extra cautions for defense The matter so worked upon Gardners mind that ho determined to make an cn ikavnr to leave tho place next day and reach Ihc settlements on the DCS Moincs river With object in view they made sucli hasty preimrutiona as they could that evening and the following morning the family nt on enrlitr hour than usual SIM Iu finish their preparations with the inten tion of getting nwsy at daybreak Gard ner wvnt to tiie stable tn liilch up his cattle for a stxrt when ho heard tiring in the gruvc and reluming to the house inform ed his family that he feared they were too laic The next instnnt four ur five Indians made their uppcnrancc OardQttrand Luce were both shot down in their tracks and the balance of the family excepting the third daughter were soon dispatchedAb igail who was laken prisoner by them at whose hands the suffered indignities and atrocities a thousand limes worse tlmn dcftih the very mention of which even at this late period makes the blood run cold It may be well to mention here that the second daughter of Mr Gardner Eltzn had been spending the winter in Jackson county Minnesota and thus escaped the fate of the rust of tho family ThU ac count meager as il is is all that can ever be known of the particulars of the Spirit Lake Massacre with he exception of the killing of Mr Marble and that did not occur until five days later It ia coajectur ed that after the first surprise was over some resistance was made at the house of Mr Mattocks The bodies of two of the men from the Granger cabin were found there Dr Harriot when found had a loaded revolver in his hand with one barrel discharged One or two Sharpes rifles were found near the bodies of the Wn aa they lay The cabin was burned In short everything indicated a complete surprise at first and then an attempt to ral ly and make a defense but too late ThU was the ooiy instance of houses being burned No indications of any attempt at defense were found at any other place The IIowo and Thatcher families were both murdered the same morning but we have DO particulars Mrs Thatcher and Mrs Nobles daughter nf Mr Howe wore both taken prisoners and after suffering untold cruelties were finally murdered in cold blood by their merciless captors The Indians then divided into two par ties the one with the prisoners taking a direction and rendezvousing in the vicinity of SOOM of amall lakes in that not detaite ly other wot op on the side of Spirit Lake and eaapcd in Varbte Grove where they remained until Ote 13th Ia toe mean time ao word of feelr atrocities had reached Mr Marble and was wtolly unsuspicious of danger Tbe Indiana remained at bet camp nnUl the moraing of the M W luctlonccr Will attend In Dick Inaon and Satisfaction guar anteed unit charguflTrusgonablc U Spirit Lake Iowa SCROLL SAWINQ The undcrntgncd having purcUascil one of riARXESticRcn SAwS U prepared to far Brackiits nil kinds uf OrRArnon ittl Woodwork on aniifttvtrr rcafoua SPEUBECK We will jjlve energetic men and women WANTED Business that will Pay from 14 to per dnr Ctn pure noil Snjourown onilln Ktrlctljr Jionnrublc PAH TicuutHf rHEr or Annplca worth pevcrul dollars that wJJl cilahlt go to work rtt ouce wtll be on recutpt oftfftr K tc Ca Boston REAL ESTATE Loan Collection Agent Spirit Lake loiva HAH a complete of Title in Dtcblnrua coanly Witt rnraiih abotricti of title at retxoahle rates pta mnke cAHecttoQ8 nugotlatv lotus n real en accntity and attenilpromptl to nil Ifinllnifi tnlrualed io hie care s hotel i nijUcti throughout Ohc of Summer Will supplied iu eoaipleteljr u 1 UilJ excellent Stmru Hoom M MINNE WAUKON will bu the dtulre ror to jrive tf hoiiimj Iu Avtane patrnnagc f rim A A ilOSlTEH County Recorder W X SMITH Deputy Resurdcr Ac OFFICE EealEstate Collection Fire aud Life Insurance Agents SPIRIT LAKE IOWA bATMl Blacksmi tiling CHISHOLM H line in LA ROB TRAC1S Of xulcctcd for sale on the mopt rea of Title Puminheil at Ill or t nollco Will all or general Plakc cotlectiniio attend promptly to ull lugal buelncsti entrusted to oar The Very Best Style Tears of experience In the thorn In iittuucfunwlll to gUcii to o s e s li o o Farm of ill kliiila ropatretl in the ilurnblc Tiitinner toolti mended and tampered nJlh great cart GUNSMITH I NO 11 all ltd hnincbceU mods a upecialiy and Hllifc ttcndcdto hy a workman or lone OENERAL Insurance gency lltt COM rl Hovct KeprencnUtliefuHowiiigrcllalric Companies Itnrtfortl ConuAsscts 048727585 STATE JJcs Xuincs Iowa 31087248 IIAWKEYE 84127848 NEW ENGLAND Mutual Life Ins Co LYOIISI Manufacturer and wholesale dettler In Guns Revolvers TACKLE Hunters Siroplies SIOUX CITY IOWA If lall SALOP isr best ui tows far C twice Cigars and Tobacco Confectioneries Oysters Canned Fish Ia good aawxUneai Ice Cream Lenoiubd in tbrir Tbe SUr is airpyikd wilk TMIEE BILLIAM And no effort will be spared pleasant place of resort and public patronage KEyXY BAXttM 20yl B DEALER Boots Shoes Spirit Lake Iowa Jan opcua new aad ritflitialri And If prepared to meet the tiM In tliia ttrectton tn a manner that will prove ail ruox SPEMCEI TO SPKIT LAKE Leaves Spoocer at 7 JL x and arrtrct at Spirit Lalco at 12 x Lcarea Spirit Lake at 1 r and arrives at Hpcnccr at A v x Connects at Spen ccr wtih SiAgca furiitomi Lakvanit Atgona and at Spirit Lake with Itagea for Jackaon Wlndom and Fatnervillc Tblttlne ap wtth good tcantK good luck and carcfnl driver Emiuli attended to with and KDMUXUS FRAXKLIX JtEHWIS Frcprietoce re ihcmeriuof thin thoonly State that pruucti by all from forfeiture alesloivai consilient with rulisMc Indemnity 45tf C II AYEH8 BARSKS1 IfOOTPOXVER SCROLf SAWS AMD IATHK3 to Jfl per wood ehonld n a f them BOTH can make per daynitb lliembeildei learn ing a proftunle 7ora far The Mrntlc Pn7ilc or The Yankeoa Dream Say you read and ttoB BAHXK8 BoxiOM Rockfortl Winncbago III AVERAGED PER DAY PorTox Dccomner Hth MKIIIMI W K tintra Uttaait Rockforrl 111 t tawed 110 fretl for teallauxhfor Chicago Sf Northwestern RAILWAY for CHICAGO Detroit Toledo Cleveland Buffalo MUran Falls Vlttsnnrg Cin cinnati Hocheetcr Albany Toronto Montreal Quebeck Portland Beaton Xew York TOIIadel pbla Baltimore Loul Cairn SELECTEB WITH CA1C And with the Mpecltl view to of To conform with tho prcrent Mndilton ft Kicn he iits marked with a aifchwintw TenM CASH OR READY AT Mr Campbtn will portlCK UK 1m toro dara running trerr nlincncd the working of the Saw pronounced tt Ihc moat machine J lure been twelve ami have all irorlc scroll r uivelirBe rairniMC Itdallj hare paid notnlnff lor Ogdeji flalc Lake Oltynienvor Ccvuncll BUttti Sioux Cirr Nt MamueUe Eicanaba Xeuwba Madlton Cheysn B Iolnih Onen Bar Milwaukee and all points Nonh Weft Sautband Kant tuonld buy tlicirtlckctir via the Chicago ft nTortawcstsrn Railway Cloee connecllenc are made at Chicago tvlib Lake Whnre t Jllcblgan Sontnem Mleliigiin Cen tral Baltimore Ohio PlttabarK Van t Chtuco Line Pan Ilaodlc StlUTflBAST and with the Chicago Alton awi ItllnoUCcmrtl tor all polru SOUTH CloM art mule wSlhtbotiiloK Paclac R B M Omafca for tlx far WeiH polnU CloM are made at jane lion polnir wltb nlniaf nil croca FV1LXAX f ALACK CAKS TheM earfl art ma on all OB all the of thl nMd In which he makei French Calf Sewed a Specialty KEPAIRIXG UOKE NEATLT Ilivlnn had Mvoral noncljut the boitlocb be will IO KIIAXT SA T1SFA G1IOX Spirit take Jnly 7th 1875 Thin UHJ OXLV UXK nnnln St Pas or tkcM acd Kit At Omaka nnr emincct ottk Hrr lavasiccpcriiou the Unlen Paeiac JUllrowl for points tke River Running thnMtgh ff9 GraM States raarfUtin Co Brine in Your Grists SUITE New Mil Ia now in RUNNING ORDXM And prepared do Cuttoai aad Milling t Uiflr Mark and afto awl to Mra MartUa Jttvfek to about at a trvmim lactMrtM AB NOT mmr CtmfttUar ork I ktve omomd Ui Tow tet they totuU oi their eMMrfM
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