|On a bright
Sunday afternoon. August 17, 1862, four young Sioux hunters, on a
spur-of-the-moment dare. They decided to prove their bravery by shooting
Robinson Jones, the postmaster and storekeeper at Acton in western Meeker
County. Stopping at his cabin they requested liquor and were refused. Then
Jones, followed by the seemingly friendly indians, went to the neighboring
Howard Baker cabin, which stood on this site.
Here the whites and the Indian engaged in a target-shooting contest. Suddenly, the Indians turned on the settlers and without warning shot Baken Viranus Webster, another settler and Mr. and Mrs. Jones. Mrs. Baker, Mrs, Webster, and several children escapes by hiding. Then the Indians rode off shooting Jone's adopted daughter, Clara D. Wilson as they passed the Jones cabin.
The indians fled south to their village forty miles away on the Minnesota River. There they reported what they had done, and the Sioux chiefs decided to wage an all-out war against the white triggered the bloody Sioux Uprising of 1862.
The bodies of the settlers were buried in a single grave in the New Lutheran Cemetery. Near present-day Litchfield. In 1878 the state of Minnesota erected a granite monument there. This site, where the Makers cabin stood. Was similarly marked in 1909.
Blegen, Theodore C. Minnesota a History of the State. Minnesota:
St. Paul, University of Minnesota Press 1963: 260.
Anderson, Gary Clayton. Through Dakota Eyes. Minnesota: St. Paul, Minnesota Historical Society Press 1988: 13.
Buck, Daniel. Indian Outbreaks. Minnesota: Minneapolis, Ross & Haines, Inc. 1965: 85.
Heard, Isaac V. D. History of The Sioux War and Massacres of 1862 and 1863. New York, Harper 1863: 52.
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