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New Ulm in Brown County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Adams Park

 
 
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By K. Linzmeier, May 5, 2014
1. Adams Park Marker
Inscription. Christian Adam(s) was born circa 1812 in Prussia. He sailed from LeHavre, France aboard the ship Pactolus which arrived in New York City October 12, 1846. The passenger manifest listed his occupation as farmer.

Petronella Keller Adam(s) was born June 15, 1815 in Rhine, Prussia. Apparently she and Christian were married circa 1837 in Prussia where their first two children, Margaretha and John, were born. The family is listed in the 1850 census as living in Theresa, Dodge County, Wisconsin where children Francis and Anton were born.

On July 6, 1855 Christian bought 36 acres along the north bank of the Cottonwood River, about 500 yards upstream from this point, from the Chicago Land Company for $300. The property is currently the site of the Junior Pioneer Park and commercial businesses along Broadway Street. Their fifth and last child, Anna Mary, was born here.

Christian’s intent was to build a flour and grinding mill, using water power from a dam to be built across the river. In the spring of 1856 Christian and his teamsters arrived on the south bank of the river with 5 teams of horses transporting machinery from Wisconsin, along with provisions from St. Paul. It was late in the day as they were ferrying the last load, including a barrel of whiskey, when their boat capsized and Christian drowned. His wife
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By K. Linzmeier, May 5, 2014
2. Adams Park Marker
north side of marker with duplicate text
and children witnessed this tragic event. Christian is recorded as Probate Case No. 1, the first settler to die in Brown County.

Petronella remarried March 17, 1857. The ceremony was performed by Justice of the Peace, 2nd Precinct, Wilhelm Pfaender. It is recorded as marriage No. 1 in Brown County. Petronella died December 22, 1896 and is buried in the Catholic Cemetery in Springfield, Minnesota.

This Park is named and dedicated to the Adam(s) Family and all the intrepid pioneers of New Ulm and Brown County.

Erected by: Great-great-grandson George L. Glotzbach
2010

 
Erected 2010 by George L. Glotzbach.
 
Location. 44° 17.337′ N, 94° 26.396′ W. Marker is in New Ulm, Minnesota, in Brown County. Marker is on Cottonwood Street 0.2 miles west of South Broadway Street (Minnesota Highway 15 / 68), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is west of the Cottonwood River at Adams Park / Cottonwood River Beach. Marker is in this post office area: New Ulm MN 56073, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Junior Pioneers of New Ulm and Vicinity (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Wallachei (approx. half a mile
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away); 2011 Centennial of The Church of St. Mary (approx. 1.4 miles away); Father Valentine Sommereisen (approx. 1.5 miles away); Turner Hall (approx. 1.8 miles away); Flandrau's Charge (approx. 1.8 miles away); Gänseviertel (Goosetown) (approx. 1.8 miles away); Brown County Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Ulm.
 
Also see . . .
1. Expanded New Ulm park is ode to kin. (Submitted on May 16, 2014.)
2. Adams Park Dedicated. (Submitted on May 16, 2014.)
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
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By K. Linzmeier, May 5, 2014
4. Adams Park and Marker
(undeveloped park)
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By K. Linzmeier, May 5, 2014
5. Adams Park and Marker
Cottonwood Street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 16, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 352 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 16, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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