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A burial knoll used likely by both whites and Indians was discovered at the Mrs. George Ewest farm, four miles southwest of Waseca Monday. The skeleton remains of several persons were unearthed by the Frank Brown road construction workers under Geo. Nicholson.
Herman Panzram, who has taken a keen interest not only in the early history of Waseca county but in a movement to preserve its cemeteries, visited the scene shortly after the discovery. He said that the late Rudolph Briese had informed him of the burial plot before his death but it never was located exactly. During the years the knoll had been cultivated for crops and had been cut down to a point where the bodies were only a few feet beneath the surface when discovered.
Panzram states that the land, which is in Section 36, St. Mary township, was State land when used for burials, some time prior to the establishment of a cemetery in Wilton in 1863. Michael Schauer was the first legal owner. He bought it in 1873 and August Ross gained ownership in 1903. From relatives of these two men Panzram learned that there were about 12 white and three or four Indians buried in the knoll. Reports are that sometime during the years permission was granted by the county board to plow the cemetery. Panzram is of the opinion that some of the bodies may have been those of Indians, buried without caskets. While those remains had disintegrated, impressions were left in the earth indicating that graves once existed.
Skeletons of those buried in caskets were in a better state of preservation. Caskets were rotted away but some metal hinges remained intact together with several old-style square nails. One skull has been sent to the University for examination to determine whether it is that of a white or Indian. Other remains are being preserved and will be moved to a section of Woodville cemetery maintained for that purpose.
---Thur., 25 Jun 1953, Waseca Herald, p. 4, col. 2
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