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The photo is of Cecelia Ochs Schilling at 40.

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Matt Boisen's story

  • August 13, 2012 - 2:31 PM

My great great aunt Cecelia Ochs was taking care of Mrs. Caroline Stocker, a neighbor woman who was bedridden when Indians broke a window and shot Mrs. Stocker.

Cecelia and Mr. Stocker then fled to the cellar. When they realized the house was set afire, they dug themselves out with pieces of wood and ran to the Zettels, another neighbor, only to find Mr Zettel dead, a loaf of bread he had offered to the Indians soaked with his blood. Cecelia saw the bodies of her classmates in the next room. 

She carried those memories with her for the rest of her days. These unarmed children had nothing to do with the short-sighted governmental policies that helped lead to this conflict that took the lives of over 500 settlers.

Matt Boisen

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