Lon Redel's story

  • August 12, 2012 - 12:40 PM

The following are memoirs of my great grandmother Lydia (Kaster) Shellenbarger. 

Her father August Kaster was the drummer boy at the Camp Release encampment.  He later served under General Alfred Sulley in the Dakota territories. While at his time at Camp Release he decided to make this area his home. After he was mustered out of the military he homesteaded a large tract of land which became his farm.

While living on the farm my grandmother remembers families of Dakotas traveling along the Minnesota River often stopping at the farm for food.  My grandmother's family looked forward to seeing them and always welcomed them because they were so polite.

Lon Redel

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