GERMAN METHODIST CEMETERY
GLASGOW TOWNSHIP, WABASHA CO., MN
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The following information and photographs were provided by Delmar Becker:
This is small, obscure cemetery adjacent to County road #32, Section 5, in Glasgow Township. It is located in a wooded area overgrown with berry bushes and is quite brushy. There remain two wrought iron fenced structures, one that had a head stone propped up against it. The other did not contain any visible markers, but a short distance outside of this structure there was another head stone with visible markings from which I could get information.
Only two stones had information that I could read and were basically intact. That would include the one I described, propped up against the wrought iron structure. Several other pieces of markers were stacked up in small pieces. I could not find any meaningful information on these pieces. I did notice a couple of depressions (quite old) that possibly could indicate that maybe some of these burials were removed at some previous time. I thought that there were more gravestones at this site, when I first visited it many 40 or 50 years ago, but that is a long time ago and my memory may not be accurate.
The two readable stones, both of them white marble, had this visible writing:
Stone # 1: Philbine J. Ehrlinger, Geboren (born in English) Baden in 1821 and Gest (Died) 26 June 1892. I searched the 1884 and 1920 Wabasha Histories and could not find a match for this surname. Several families in this Wabasha County area came from Baden Germany.
Stone # 2: David Huddleston Sr, born County Down 1805 and died in Glasgow (meaning township) April 19, 1892. Now I did find information about this man and his family in the 1920 Wabasha County History under the Biography for Thomas Huddleston his son. I should say that this is very interesting reading and tells a great story for this family. This is the great fun in working with History that you are interested in, and genealogy study.
I assume that this cemetery was associated with the German Methodist Society and church building that at one time was located in the same section and quite close in proximity to the cemetery. It is in a wooded area and not very large. I looked into the two Wabasha county histories and came up with a couple of things that may be relative to this cemetery:
Following quoted from the 1920 Wabasha County History for Glasgow Township: "The German Methodist Church in section 5, Glasgow township was built in 1869. The first pastor of the church was Rev. Mr. Lampbrecht."
Following quoted from the 1884 Wabasha County History for Glasgow Township: "Soon after establishing themselves in their new home, in the fall of 1855, Mr. McGowen's wife gave birth to the first white child born in the township. But the life of this child born in the wilderness was of but short duration, it and its mother both dying in a short time after the child's birth. They both were laid to rest within the bosom of mother earth in the same grave. They were the first to depart from this world in this township. In the fall of 1856, Mr. A. Seafer being of the opinion that "he who taketh a wife taketh a good thing," was accordingly bound by that mysterious band which makes man and wife as one. A Catholic priest from St. Paul was called upon to make the two happy hearts beat as one and sent them on their wedded life rejoicing. The first sermon ever preached within the boundaries was preached in the house of Robert Cochrane, in the spring of 1858, by the Rev. B. F. Wharton a Baptist minister. The Baptists still have a society in the township built by the German Methodist society; Rev. Wharton has remained their pastor since the first sermon.
The first and only structure built exclusively for religious services was constructed by the German Methodist society and stands in section 5, built in 1869. The first minister who preached in this house was the Rev. Lampbrecht. Rev. Schmitken is the minister who has charge of this society at present."
(L) This shows the wooded location of this cemetery from a distance.
Note the three lighted circles in the upper right of this photo.
(R) This shows broken pieces of a head stone stacked up and also a base
and probably the associated stone for this base.
(L) This shows a wrought Iron fenced area overgrown with brush.
You can see the density of the brushy conditions.
Maybe additional stones are under some of this thicket.
(R) This shows the second wrought Iron fenced area.
The stone propped against the fencing is the stone with the information for David Huddleston Sr.
This is a close up taken of the same location as the previous picture
with the head stone for David Huddleston Sr.
Huddleston, Sr., Thomas (page 618), an elderly resident of the little hamlet of Dumfries, is one of the oldest living pioneers of Wabasha County, and is a man with a notable experience as an early lumberman, Civil War veteran, and farmer. He was born at Westfield, Chautauqua County, N.Y., August 15, 1839, the eldest of the twelve children of David and Jane (Cochrane) Huddleston. His parents were natives of Ireland who emigrated to the United States in the early thirties, resided awhile in New York City, and subsequently on a farm in Erie County, New York. Then coming west to Wisconsin, they remained there a year, and then located near St. Charles, in Winona County, Minn. After farming for many years, they retired, and both died in Glasgow Township, Wabasha County, the father in 1892 and the mother in 1894. Of their 12 children, seven are now living, namely; Thomas, David, James, John, William, Jane and Margaret. Thomas Huddleston was a boy of 15 years when he came west with his parents in 1854. The journey was made via the Great Lakes to Milwaukee, and for about a year the family resided at a point half way between Beaver Dam and Fox Lake, Wis. In the fall of 1855 they came with an emigrant train to Minnesota, being obliged to stop for a week at La Crosse on account of the limited ferry accommodations and the size of the party. Other immigrants were also arriving, and the ferry proprietors issued numbered tickets, or designated each family by a number, and the family was transported across the river when its number was called. On a hill close to La Crescent young Thomas shot his first deer, and at once conceived himself to be a mighty hunter, which opinion was apparently shared by the other members of the party, for they delegated him as a committee of one to procure meat, but unfortunately for his too easily won reputation, he failed to secure another deer during the remainder of the journey. In the fall of 1856 his parents settled on land one and a half miles south of the thriving village of Utica in Winona County. Thomas, himself, soon grew big and strong and went to work for the Knapp-Stout Lumber Company, of Menomonie, Wis., being engaged in rafting on the Chippewa and Mississippi rivers. Those were the days of romance and adventure, and he enjoyed them all with all the capacity of a bold and adventurous youth. He remained with the lumber company two seasons, receiving $13 a month and his board. In the year after he came of age the Civil War broke and opened up a new and exciting sphere of action for the patriotic youth of the land. Thomas Huddleston was among those who went to the front. Enlisting in the First Minnesota Battery, he was mustered into the service October 5, 1861, and spent a part of the following winter at Benton Barracks and the arsenal at St. Louis, Mo. In January, 1862, his company was moved to Pittsburg Landing, Tenn., aboard the Ohio River steamer "Himalaya", and assigned to Sherman's command, and not long after he took part in the bloody battle of Shiloh, known to the Confederates as "Pittsburg Landing." As readers of American history know, the first day's battle was practically a defeat for the Union forces, which were taken by surprise, and by night the situation had been saved from total rout chiefly by the desperate resistance of Sherman's command. Re-enforcement early the following morning turned the defeat into a victory and the enemy was driven back. Afterwards Private Huddleston was in action at Hornet's Nest, the siege of Corinth, the siege of Vicksburg, under General Grant, and still later fought under Sherman at Atlanta, and was on the March to the Sea, accompanying that great commander all through his victorious campaign. At the close of the war he took part in the grand review at Washington, one of the most notable occasions and grandest scenes in the history of our country, and was mustered out there not much the worse for the thrilling experiences through which he had passed. On his return to Minnesota Mr. Huddleston again entered the employ of Knapp-Stout Company on a salary of $75 a month, holding the same position that he had previously got $13 a month for, and so continued for three years, in the performance of his duties following dim and half obliterated trails through the dense forest. At the end of that period he returned to Glasgow Township, Wabasha County, where on February 23, 1868, he was united in marriage with Sarah McIllreavie, of Reach, Province of Ontario, Canada, the pastor who united them being the well know pioneer preacher of Lake City, the Rev. Silas Hazlett, who founded the Presbyterian church there. Mr. Huddleston and his wife began housekeeping in Chester Township, where they resided for nine years. They then moved to Mazeppa, which place was there home until 1882. In that year Mr. Huddleston bought a farm in Trout Brook Valley, section 16, Glasgow Township, on the site of the present hamlet of Dumfries. He also branched out extensively in the purchase of land, acquiring over 700 acres in one body. In 1896 he moved from section 16 to section 10, where he and his family made their home until 1906, when he took up his residence in Dumfries village, where he now lives, owning a good residence property. He also still owns some three or four hundred acres of his farm land. He may be called the father of the village, as it was through his influence and efforts that it was founded and a post office established, the post office, however, being discontinued on the coming of the railroad. The village now posses a store, town hall, blacksmith's shop, and other buildings. It was here that Mr. Huddleston's wife died on December 5, 1917. Besides doing all he could to advance the interests of the little settlement, Mr. Huddleston served for a number of years on the Glasgow town board. He belongs to the Masonic lodge at Mazeppa, and in religion is a Presbyterian. HE and his wife were the parents of 12 children, namely: John, Catherine, Alexander (first), Samuel, William, Sarah, Julia, Alexander (second), Grace, Mary, Edna, and Thomas Neil, Jr. Of these children, John, Alexander (first), Samuel and William are deceased. Catherine, who is unmarried, resides at home with her father. Sarah is now Mrs. A. J. Henze of Minneapolis. Julia is the wife of John Duffus of West Albany Township. Grace is the wife of Albert Zillgitt of Lake City. Mary is the wife of Ben E. Fick of Lake City. Edna is the wife of Daniel Slauson of Dumfries. Mr. Huddleston's career has been contemporaneous with that of Wabasha County. As a boy he saw it in its infancy; later watched it developing its rich resources, as he himself developed into ripe manhood, and now in the evening of his life he is spared to witness its fullness of achievement as an organized part of the great commonwealth to which it belongs. In that wonderful growth and development he, himself, took an active part, and the life of ease and leisure he now enjoys has been well earned.
Huddleston, Jr., Thomas N. (page 618), who is engaged in truck farming and poultry raising at Dumfries, Glasgow Township, was born in this locality May 13, 1892, son of Thomas and Sarah (McIllreavie) Huddleston. His education was begun in District School No. 68, Glasgow Township, which he attended up until the age of 15, and was continued at the Southern Minnesota Normal School at Austin, Minn., he also taking a two-years' preparatory course at Pillsbury Academy at Owatonna. In the two latter schools he studied music and became a fine violinist, subsequently playing four years in orchestras employed by the Strechfus Steamer Line on the Mississippi river. He also played with other musical organizations in various places. In 1914 Mr. Huddleston returned to Dumfries and engaged in his present business of truck farming and poultry raising, which he has found profitable. He owns a comfortable home in the village. On March 18, 1914, he was married to Otilia Creuzer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Creuzer of Wabasha City, where she was born June 11, 1891. One child has been born to them, Mary Dorothy, on January 2, 1920. Mr. Huddleston was reared a Presbyterian, but there being no church of that denomination at Dumfries, he affiliated with the Congregational church at Lake City. He is a member of Wapahasa Lodge No. 14, A. F. & A. M., of Wabasha.