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Salter, George H., 1826-ca. 1906 / Papers, ca. 1896-1913, 1965
Call Number, Stevens Point SC 60 ([unpublished])

Two Monuments in County Tell Tale of Revenge Slaying of 18 Indians PDF (4.1 MB)

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the day old Salter killed the In-dians -- don't forget it."
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In the late 1920s or early 30s, Gus, who couldn't read or white, realized
that he would soon be gone, too, and then no one would remember the "Salter
The story goes that he then asked a country school teacher, Clarence Kolk,
to make markers for him which would commem-orate the tragic affair.  One
mark-er was placed off the road under a clump of trees.
The latter marker bore the inscription: "Hells Delight."
An old and weathered stone marker with the imprint of an axe handle carved
into its face stands today along Highway 80 about six miles north of New
The marker is crudely in-scribed: "Mrs. Salter killed here by the
June 13, 1863.  Two Indians, Jo and Jim Dandy, killed by Salter and buried
here.  This axe handle killed two Indians and Mrs. Slater, Puch-A-Gee."
 The lat-ter, translated, means "go on," or "beat
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Another colorful story about Gus is that it bothered him that so many old
settlers were buried in the Catholic Cemetery here "with no markers
to bless their graves."
So with the help of the same Clarence Kolp, Gus moved a big wooden hogshead
into the ceme-tery, filled it full of cement and when the cement set knocked
off the barrel staves.
And, as our source says, "There for everyone to see is a big whisky
barrel setting plump in the middle of the cemetery.
"The Catholics didn't thank him for it, and every one felt that
should have known better, but it is still there."
The marker is located near the front and to the left of the en-trance and
main road into the cemetery.
Nooney and his family resided for a time in Cork, a section of Necedah. 
He later made his home with his daughter, Minnie Nooney Stout, in Milwaukee,
and died in 1936 at the age of 86.

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