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 Ottilie Boelter

Ottilie Boelter

Birth
Marquette County, Wisconsin, USA
Death 25 Mar 1880 (aged 20)
Goodhue County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Nerstrand, Rice County, Minnesota, USA
Plot SSE part of the cemetery, beside the graves of Ludwig and Caroline Koberstein
Memorial ID 60211464 · View Source
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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. Many 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 Ottilie's father, John Boelter. Ottilie, her mother, and her siblings survived the attack. Her 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, his baby nephew, managed to reach Fort 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. Ottilie's older sister, Emelia, died of exposure and starvation in the fifth week. When the weather got much colder in mid October, Ottilie and her mother returned to their home where soldiers of a search party found them, nearly starved to death, 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.



Inscription

Daughter of John and Justina Boelter. Stepdaughter of Michael Boelter. Accidental gunshot wound reported March 31, 1880.


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  • Created by: Bill Cox
  • Added: 17 Oct 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 60211464
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ottilie Boelter (26 Mar 1859–25 Mar 1880), Find A Grave Memorial no. 60211464, citing Evangelical Cemetery, Nerstrand, Rice County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Bill Cox (contributor 47178385) .