Spicer Family Cemetery

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An unmarked family cemetery for the six victims of a murder committed by five persons in 1897. It was located near the town of Winona, which is no longer in existence. The location of the cemetery is unknown.

An article in the February 20, 1897 edition of the Bismarck Daily Tribune says the bodies will be buried "on the brow of the hill just east of the house whose hearthstone has been so fearfully stained with the blood of those who have been accustomed to sit around it".

In the March 4 edition of the Jamestown Weekly Alert, a story about the murderers being caught also states, “The funeral of the six victims was held Sunday, the bodies being buried in four graves near the house where the murder was committed.”

Although the Burleigh County Book of Remembrances lists the victims of the Spicer family murders as being in Sloan Memorial Presbyterian cemetery (aka: Glencoe cemetery), I am highly doubtful this is correct as I have seen multiple errors in it. The farm where the murders occurred is a short distance outside Winona, which is in the far southwestern portion of the county, while the Glencoe cemetery is in the far northern part of the county. Also, the mention of their burials on the homestead in the two newspapers and the lack of any gravestones for them in Glencoe leads me to believe they likely are still buried on the old homestead.

There is no listing for any of the Spicer family in the Emmons county cemetery book.

  • Added: 17 Mar 2017
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