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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Essig in Brown County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Junior Pioneers Tablet

Milford Monument

Junior Pioneers Tablet image. Click for full size.
Photographed By K. Linzmeier, July 30, 2013
1. Junior Pioneers Tablet
Inscription.  This tablet was erected by the Junior Pioneers in memory of the following men, women and children of the town of Milford who were massacred by the Indians during the Indian outbreak in 1862.

John Martin Fink. • Monika Fink, his wife. • Max Fink, son. • Carl Merkle, grandson. • Florian Hartmann. • John Baptist Zettel. • Barbara Zettel, his wife. • Elizabeth Zettel, daughter. • Stephan Zettel, son. • Anton Zettel, son. • Johanna Zettel, daughter. • Max Zeller. • Lucretia Zeller, his wife. • John Zeller, son. • Monica Zeller, daughter. • Cacelia Zeller, daughter. • Conrad Zeller, son. • Martin Zeller, son. • Anton Messmer. • Mary Anna Messmer, his wife. • Jos. Messmer, son. • Martin Henle. • Anton Henle. • Mary Henle. • Frank Massopust. • Mary Anna Massopust, his wife. • Mary Massopust, daughter. • Julia Massopust, daughter. • Frank Massopust, grandson. • John Rhoner. • Barbara Rhoner, his wife, and one child • Sebastian May. • Barbara May, his wife. • Henry May, son. • Bertha May, daughter. • Henry Heyers. • Dorothea Heyers, his wife. • Carl Heyers, son. • John Heyers, son. • Joachim Heyers, son. • Mrs. Jos. Stocker. • Benedict Drexler.
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• Frank Drexler, son. • Christ. Haag. • Adolph Schilling. • John Keck. • Mrs. Brigitta Pelzl. • Fred Gluth. • Joseph Emmerich. • George Roesser. • Barbara Roesser, his wife. • Theresia Eggensdoerfer.
Erected by the Junior Pioneers of New Ulm and Vicinity.
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: Wars, US Indian.
Location. 44° 21.39′ N, 94° 35.606′ W. Marker is near Essig, Minnesota, in Brown County. Memorial is at the intersection of County Road 11 and County Road 29, on the left when traveling north on County Road 11. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Essig MN 56030, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Milford State Monument (here, next to this marker); Taken by Surprise (here, next to this marker); Ravine Ambush (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Milford Reservation Line (approx. one mile away); Harkin Store (approx. 2.1 miles away); Essig, Minnesota (approx. 2.3 miles away); Turnverein Founding Site (approx. 4½ miles away); Pioneer Monument (approx. 5.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Essig.
Regarding Junior Pioneers Tablet. In 1862, the Minnesota Dakota, also known by the French term, “Sioux," waged war against the United States
Milford Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By K. Linzmeier, July 30, 2013
2. Milford Monument
The tablet is immediately to the right of the monument.
following two years of unfulfilled treaty obligations. After attacking the Redwood (Lower Sioux) Agency on August 18, the Dakota moved toward New Ulm. In their path stood a small settlement known as Milford. There, unprepared for battle, 53 of Milford’s residents were killed in a single day.
Also see . . .  Victims Tombstones. About 400 victims lie in unmarked and unknown graves, the most in any Indian war in the nation. This page will show various tombstones of victims of the Dakota Uprising who did have gravestones. (Submitted on August 21, 2013.) 
Milford Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By K. Linzmeier, July 30, 2013
3. Milford Monument
Credits. This page was last revised on October 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 21, 2013, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,088 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 21, 2013, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.

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