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9:45a Silas Stucky at Elbing

11:00a Barbara Thomas at Newton

1:30p Register of Deeds at Marion

5:00p Hilda Schroeder at Buhler


I've been told by a couple of folks that I should talk to Silas Stucky about the City of Richmond immigrants. He is an uncle of Chuck's wife Susan, and it was Susan's dad Dave who gave me the best interview I ever have received about those children who died in Peabody. Susan calls Silas and sets up an appointment for me.

Silas Stucky. By about 9:30, I'm at Silas and Edna's house. (They live in Elbing, and they were at the Mt. Zion church service where John Janzen introduced me on Sunday.) Silas asked if I could speak German, and then we went on to have a good chat in English. Silas just didn't know anything to help me, so he referred me to a cousin Hilda Schroeder in Buhler. (Does this sound like a bunch of Mennonites, or what?) Silas did say in our conversation, "The Santa Fe was very good to us."

Barbara Thomas At 11am, I have an appointment with Barbara in Newton to talk about the Gaiser family. She has several boxes of Gaiser material that she hasn't looked at in a long time. However, she did pull out some of it, including a few pictures, and I brought back copies of what she showed me. All this will need to be reviewed against what I already know and against the Gaiser material of my uncles Archie Good and Floyd Good.

Neither Barbara nor Clifford knew where our great grandfather Jacob Gaiser is buried. Interesting. At least now, I have some Gaiser contacts.

Register of Deeds, Marion Co. After leaving Barbara, I'm off to the Register of Deeds in Marion to see what I can find out about the ownership history of the Prairie Lawn Cemetery land.

Here I learn that, when the first burials were made in 1871, they were made on public land. The land first was owned privately in 1873, by John D. Milliken, and it wasn't until 1881 that is was acquired by the Prairie Lawn Cemetery Association. In 1874, when the children from the City of Richmond died, the city of Peabody really did not have a cemetery, just as the history by P. P. Wedel says.

These Register of Deeds records also show that before it was called Prairie Lawn, it was called the Brookdell Cemetery. Brookdell is a new name to me.

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