|Birth: ||Mar. 26, 1859|
|Death: ||Mar. 25, 1880|
At the time of the Dakota uprising of 1862, Ottilie Boelter was three years old and lived with her parents, John and Justina, older sister Emelia, and younger brother Julius in the southeast quarter of section 34, Flora township, in Renville county, Minnesota. Michael Boelter (Ottilie's uncle) and his family lived next to them in section 35. The area was known as the Middle Creek settlement, and several in the community were killed by Indians on August 18, 1862, the first day of the Dakota uprising. Ottilie's father, John, was killed while checking their cattle. Ottilie, her mother, and her siblings survived the Indian attack. Her uncle, Michael Boelter, also survived, but his wife and children were killed. The five survivors were fleeing together, but were separated. Michael, carrying Julius, eventually reached Fort Ridgely. The others, unable to keep up, hid in a nearby wooded area. They remained hidden there for several weeks, and Ottilie's sister (Emelia) died of exposure and starvation in the fifth week. Ottilie and her mother later returned to their home, where soldiers found them, nearly starved, in their ninth week of hiding. Michael Boelter married Justina Boelter (his widowed sister in law), and thus he became Ottilie Boelter's stepfather on September 13, 1863. Ottilie died from an accidental gunshot wound on March 25, 1880, one day before her 21st birthday.
John Boelter (1823 - 1862)
Justina Carolina Wendland Boelter (1832 - 1919)
Daughter of John and Justina Boelter. Stepdaughter of Michael Boelter. Accidental gunshot wound reported March 31, 1880.
Created by: Bill Cox
Record added: Oct 17, 2010
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