La Harpe in Hancock County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Oatman Lilac Bush
Royce Oatman Family in LaHarpe
Four of seven children were born here: Lucy, Lorenzo, Olive and Royce Jr. In 1851, six members were massacred by Indians in Arizona. Olive, and sister Mary Ann, were captured. Lorenzo was left for dead.
Wife, Mary Ann Sperry Oatman, planted a lilac bush at each of their homes. This bush is from an original in Whiteside County, IL.
Erected 1994 by La Harpe Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Horticulture & Forestry • Native Americans. A significant historical year for this entry is 1851.
Location. 40° 34.996′ N, 90° 58.191′ W. Marker is in La Harpe, Illinois, in Hancock County. Marker is on West Main Street (Illinois Route 9) west of Center Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located at the town square park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 117 S Center St, La Harpe IL 61450, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Lincoln Runs For Senate Lincoln Was a Guest (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Simon Cemetery (approx. 7˝ miles away); Politics and Lincoln (approx. 11.1 miles away); Lincoln Spoke Here (approx. 11.1 miles away); Hamilton House (approx. 14˝ miles away); The "Old Jail" (approx. 14.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in La Harpe.
Also see . . . Olive Oatman on Wikipedia. Tells more about the Oatman attack. The town of Oatman, Arizona, is named for the family. (Submitted on September 14, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 10, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 210 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 10, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.