The Bluem Family of Brown County : A painful story of the U.S.-Dakota War
Published by the Brown County Historical Society, New Ulm, Minn.
Soft cover // 8.5"x 11" // 72 pages
The Martin Bluem family left their native Germany in the 1850s in search of a better life. They didn't find it....
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The Martin Bluem family left their native Germany in the 1850s in search of a better life. They didn't find it. After becoming one of the first settlers near Brown County's Iberia and experiencing a successful five year start in the breaking the prairie sod and establishing their homestead, thirteen year old son John witnessed his entire family being killed by advancing Dakota in 1862. It seems that John never recovered from the resulting mental anguish. Despite this, and knowing he had no family or relatives left, he survived ten years of minor guardianship at a time when the courts were dealing with the family's depredation claims, probate and guardianship ordeals. After marrying Anna, he outlived two of his four children, one who was declared insane and died five years later, and the other who died seven years after he left home. John's woes were compounded when he himself was declared incompetent and unable to work, while his adult guardian was in control of his finances. He outlived his wife and died a lonely man.