|Birth: ||Jun., 1855, Germany|
|Death: ||Nov. 15, 1912|
Minnie (Wilhelmina) was born in Germany to parents Gottfried and Wilhelmina Buce (sometimes spelled Buse or Busse). In 1858 the parents and their three children, August, Minnie, and Augusta, came to America, settling at Fox Lake, WI where daughter Amelia was born. In the spring of 1860, with five other families, the Buce family moved to Minnesota. After spending a short time in Cannon Falls, where daughter Caroline was born, the family moved farther west to Renville County and settled in the northwest quarter of Section 35, Flora township, an area known as the Middle Creek settlement. Another daughter, Bertha, was born here. Life in the German settlement was peaceful and uneventful, and they lived in comfort among the Dakota Indians. However, by the summer of 1862, the number of white settlers in the area had grown, and their Dakota neighbors, angry with conditions at the reservation, turned hostile. On August 18th, Indians attacked the whites at the Lower Sioux Agency to the east, and at the settlements in the region, killing hundreds, and taking over one hundred, mostly women and children, as prisoners. On that day, Minnie's brother, August, was sent to a neighbor's place on an errand and found everyone there murdered. The Buce family then fled to a cornfield. Later, when they attempted to reach a wooded area, the Indians discovered them and killed Minnie's father and mother, her sister Augusta, and sisters Bertha and Caroline, who were in the arms of their parents. Minnie and her surviving siblings, August and Amelia, were taken captive and spent ten weeks among the Dakotas before all captives were freed at Camp Release. Following their release, the siblings were parted and taken in by three separate families. By age 15, Minnie was on her own, working in the summers and going to school in the winter. In 1879 she married Owen Carrigan of Renville County. They had six children and farmed in the southeast quarter of section 22, Boon Lake township. On April 13, 1898, she was appointed postmaster of Lakeside, a position previously held by her husband. Mr. Carrigan died in 1898 at Hutchinson, Minnesota, and is buried there. Minnie died in 1912 and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, two and a half miles west of their farm site.
Owen Carrigan (1847 - 1898)
Ellen A. Carrigan Rasmussen (1880 - 1955)*
Owen Frederick Carrigan (1890 - 1982)*
Daisy Victoria Carrigan McManus (1893 - 1950)*
Ernest Carrigan (1896 - 1899)*
Plot: The grave is under a tree in the southeast corner of the cemetery.
Created by: Bill Cox
Record added: Sep 27, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 59271555
Added: Nov. 12, 2016
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