|Birth: ||Dec. 23, 1861|
|Death: ||Jun. 17, 1908|
At the time of the Dakota uprising of 1862, Julius Boelter was just eight months old and was living with his parents, John and Justina, and his sisters, Ottilie and Emelia, in the southeast quarter of section 34, Flora Township in Renville County, Minnesota. Michael Boelter (Julius' uncle) and his family lived next to them in section 35. The area was known as the Middle Creek settlement. Several in the community were killed by Indians in an attack on August 18, 1862, the first day of the Dakota uprising. Among those killed was Julius' father, John Boelter. Julius, his mother, and his sisters survived the attack. His uncle, Michael Boelter, also survived, but his wife and children were killed. The five survivors were fleeing together, but were soon separated. Michael, carrying Julius, managed to reach Ft. Ridgely, some twenty miles away. The others, frightened and unable to keep up with Michael, hid in a nearby wooded area and remained hidden there for several weeks. Julius' sister, Emelia, died of exposure and starvation in the fifth week. When the weather got much colder in mid October, his mother and surviving sister, Ottilie, returned to their home where soldiers of a search party found them, nearly starved to death, in their ninth week of hiding. Julius was moved from Ft. Ridgely to St. Peter, and then to St. Paul. It was first assumed that both of his parents were killed, and he was taken to Wisconsin where relatives and friends of the family cared for him. He was eventually reunited with his mother and sister. Michael Boelter married Justina Boelter (his widowed sister in law), and thus he became Julius Boelter's stepfather on September 13, 1863. Julius married Sophia Dora Fellman on December 26, 1889. They had four children: Ervin, Mable, Clarence, and Harold. Julius died in 1908 at age 47.
The obituary below, from the June 26, 1908 edition of the Hutchinson Leader newspaper, was provided by MN Headstone Hunter, a Findagrave contributor:
Survivor of Massacre. Death of Julius Boelter, Who Was a Babe in His Mother's Arms When the Sioux Ravaged Western Minnesota
Julius Boelter, brother of the Boelter brothers of Hutchinson, died June 17 at Mora, of dropsy, at the age of 47 years. Deceased was born in Marquett (sic) County, Wis., Dec. 23, 1861. The year following his parents moved to Renville County and settled near Beaver Falls. During the Indian massacre in this section in 1862, while a babe of eight months, he became separated from his parents. His father having been slain by the Indians the mother fled to the woods with two children, aged three and five years.
Alone in the desolated region for five weeks, her children starving until death mercifully came to the oldest, nursing the other at her breast and subsisting on roots and berries and a few vegetables found near a deserted house the mother experienced tortures that would have driven one of less heroic mould insane.
Julius was picked up by the Lentz family, who were just starting for Wisconsin. He was taken to his grand parents who cared for him until a year had elapsed when the mother learned that the child was living and once more mother and child were reunited.
Mr. and Mrs. S.J. Boelter and W.F. Boelter from here attended the funeral which took place at Kenyon, Minn.
Julius Boelter's letter (below), from the Minnesota State History Center, was provided by MN Headstone Hunter, a Findagrave contibutor:
Kenyon, Minn. Apr. 27, 1907
St. Paul, Minn.
I write to ask you if there is a chance for me to come in under the pensioners of Minnesota, in the Massacre of 1872. (sic) I was seven months old at the time I lost my father was exposed a great deal, and my health has not been good since. Please write to me and tell me if I have a show as I need it very much.
John Boelter (1823 - 1862)
Justina Carolina Wendland Boelter (1832 - 1919)
Sophia Dora Fellman Boelter (1870 - 1943)*
Ervin Milton Boelter (1891 - 1971)*
Clarence M Boelter (1895 - 1969)*
Harold E Boelter (1904 - 1965)*
Emelia Boelter (1857 - 1862)*
Ottilie Boelter (1859 - 1880)*
Julius J. Boelter (1861 - 1908)
John Julius Boelter (1864 - 1938)**
Elizabeth Louise Boelter Eigenbrodt (1866 - 1949)**
William Frederick Boelter (1868 - 1942)**
Henry Boelter (1871 - 1949)**
George August Boelter (1871 - 1927)**
Simon John Boelter (1874 - 1950)**
Lydia Emelia Boelter Snyder (1877 - 1950)**
Plot: NW part of the cemetery
Created by: Bill Cox
Record added: Apr 17, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 68528396