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Wilhelm Klemp Grave Disinterment—Faulk County

 Unprocessed — Box: 04500 A
Identifier: H2014-036

Content Description

The collection consists of two write-ups and one photograph concerning the death, burial and disinterment of Wilhelm Klemp. Irene Cordts wrote a manuscript titled, “One Hundred Years Later-A White Marble Slab Keeps Watch over a Solitary Grave,” read at the twentieth annual Dakota History Conference in 1988. The manuscript gives details to the life, death, burial location and descendants of Wilhelm Klemp. Klemp died in the Blizzard of January 1888, buried in a lone grave about one mile northwest of the Klemp’s original homestead (8-119-71) near Onaka (S.D.) in Faulk County. The manuscript details various attempts to preserve the gravesite and making contact with the descendants of Wilhelm Klemp. A second write-up by Carla (Klemp) Goffard details the disinterment of Wilhelm Klemp from the gravesite and his reburial at his ancestor’s church, Zion Lutheran in Caledonia Township, Waupaca County, Wisconsin in 2013. A photograph of the restored grave marker is also included.

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  • Event: 1888
  • 2013


0.1 Cubic Feet