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Indian raids in Lincoln County, Kansas, 1864 and 1869; story of those killed, with a history of the monument erected to their memory in Lincoln court house square, May 30, 1909 online

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It stands there today to remind the younger and coming
generations that there was not always the same security and
comfort in Lincoln that we of the present day enjoy.
When we consider all of the improvements and luxuries
which we have created in forty-one years, with nothing
but the naked hands to work with, the question naturally
arises what will the result be in forty-one years hence.
Will the coming generations produce as big a change as
the pioneers have produced? They have the advantage of
a true knowledge of the country gained from the pioneers
and have vast wealth to work with.
Note.

(Since chapter two was written I have found another
version of what happened on Spillman on May, 30th 1869.
This is told by Mrs. Helena Errebo. She is the daughter
of Peter Christiansen and she states that she was not
working in Wilson at the time of the massacre on her
father's land but that she was at home on that day. She
further states that her father had no dwelling at that time
but that they all lived at the Lauritzen place. This does
not correspond with what her father told me on several
occasions while he was living, and it would seem impos-
sible for all to live at the Lauritzen home as there were



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fifteen altogether. I give this second version for the pur-
pose of showing how difficult it has been for me to ascer-
tain the true facts as, in many cases, no two have told the
same story alike. It is possibly owing to a faulty memory.
The name "Meigherhoff" has been run through this
book as "Meigerhoff" as this comes nearer the proper
pronunciation.

On page 28, the ninth line should read as follows:
"killed, Eskild Lauritzen and wife, Stine; and Otto Pe-
tersen.")




Southwest View Pioneer Monument




C. Bernhardt, Chairman of the Pioneer Monument Committee.

C. Bernhardt was born February 18, 1847 at Vellerup, pr Skibby,
Denmark, Europe. He came to the United States June 1st, 1867 and
settled in Chicago. From there he came to Kansas in 1869 and
settled in Junction City, Kansas on the 27th. day of November. On
September 1st., 1875 he came to Lincoln county, Kansas and located
on a homestead at Denmark, and has resided in this county ever since.

His life work has been blacksmithing and farming. At the age of
twenty three years he did not understand a word of English and he
had never attended any English schools.




Rev. H. C. Bradbury. Rev. John S. Strange.

Members of the Pioneer Monum3nt Committee.
Henry Chase Bradbury, the second son of Mary and Elbridge Brad-
bury who was then pastor of the 1st, Presbyterian church of Wil-
iiamsport, Pa., v/as born August 15, 1844. He was born again in
Christ in 1862. Was educated in a christian home and at his father's
school. In 1866 he graduated from Amherst college and in 1871
from the Union Theological Seminary, New York City, where he too
was engaged in Sabbath school and city missions. Came to Ottawa
county, Kansas in 1 872 as a Home Missionary. Preached first at
Lincoln in 1873. He is a kind of a circuit rider and a sod-plow
preacher, and at first roved up and down the Solomon and Saline
valleys to hunt places in need of sabbath schools and churches and
the gospel. He is now 66 years young.

Rev. John S. Strange was born near Elizabethtown, Kentucky in
1831. He was raised in Indiana and lived there until he enlisted in
the 49th. Indiana Infantry and served a little over three years. In
1866 he came to what is now Lincoln county, Kansas. In 1870 he
was appointed one of the first county commissioners and took part
in the organization and naming of the county. At the first election he
was elected as one of the county commissioners. He has made Lin-
coln county his home ever since. He is a minister of the Christian
Connection of America, and is a member of the Kansas State Chris-
tian Conference.




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