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Ceremony honors soldiers killed in 1862 Dakota War


Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

By Joe Chase

On Sunday, August 25, Chatfield Mayor Russell Smith and four others from Chatfield (Joel and Andrew Young, Michael Martin and myself) attended a memorial service at the cemetery at Fort Ridgely State Park, near Fairfax, Minn. It was an event organized by Minnesota’s Civil War Commemoration Task Force to remember soldiers and settlers killed during the U.S. Dakota War of 1862.

That tragic chapter in Minnesota history began on August 18, 1862, and soldiers from Chatfield and Preston, Minn. were quickly caught up in it. Company B of the 5th Minnesota Infantry Regiment was the garrison that summer at Fort Ridgely, a U.S. army post 150 miles west of Chatfield. Company B was an almost-all Fillmore County outfit. Two-thirds of the company’s 85 men and boys were from Chatfield.

When word reached the fort that the Dakota had attacked the Lower Sioux Agency that morning, Captain John Marsh immediately marched for the agency, 12 miles away, with 46 of his men and civilian interpreter John Quinn. At about noon that day they were ambushed by the Dakota at the Minnesota River crossing called Redwood Ferry. Marsh, Quinn and half the command were killed. Fourteen of the dead soldiers, including 16 year-old Charles French, were from Chatfield.

Back at Fort Ridgely the officer left in command was 19 year-old second lieutenant Tom Gere, of Chatfield—and he was ill with the mumps. Three hundred civilian refugees fleeing the Dakota took shelter that day and night at Fort Ridgely. The survivors of Captain Marsh’s command limped back to the fort. That night, Gere dispatched a rider, Corporal William Sturgis of Chatfield, with a message for Governor Ramsey, the first word state officials would receive that a war had begun on the Minnesota prairie.

Before last month’s ceremony at the fort cemetery, Mayor Smith’s group went to the battle ground at Redwood Ferry. Today, getting to the site on the east bank of the river where Captain Marsh and his men were surprised by Dakota warriors still means crossing a mile of river bottom on a dirt wagon track bordered by shoulder-high grass. The battle ground, outside today’s town of Morton, Minn., is on private property now owned by John Simmons. His family has owned the property since the 1860’s, and Mr. Simmons is accommodating to the handful of visitors who each year show up at his house beside State Highway 19, asking to see Redwood Ferry. .....
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Chatfield Western Days “spurs fun for all”

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

By Barb Jeffers Western Days 2013 in Chatfield, Minn., was held August 8 - 11, was packed full of events the entire four days of the celebration with activities taking place from one end of town to the other and everywhere in between. Wit’s End ..... 
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Chatfield Community Education supports and serves families

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

Chatfield Community Education recognizes the importance of early childhood experiences. Therefore, it is a priority to support and serve families with young children. Programs and services have been designed with the young child in mind. ECFE The ..... 
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No horsing around, Conway’s love Arabians

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

By Barb Jeffers At Conway Arabians of Chatfield, Minn., it is all about the horses. The work, the travel, the lack of sleep, the joy…. It is all about the horses, Arabian horses to be exact. Peter and Lori Conway own Conway Arabians, and acco ..... 
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New Chatfield convenience store will be built “Kwik”

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

A new Kwik Trip will be built in Chatfield, Minn. in the near future, giving residents and visitors a more convenient Kwik Trip store to stop and top off their tanks. Mr. Hans Zietlow, Director of Real Estate for Kwik Trip, Inc. stated, “Yes, we a ..... 
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Kids love to “Learn & Play”

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

Two things children love are to learn and to play. Two things parents want are for their children to be safe and well-cared for. At Learn & Play Daycare in Chatfield, Minn. parents and children get what they need. Learn & Play Daycare was open ..... 
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Benefit for the Jeche family

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

Several months after a severe car accident friends and family of the Dennis Jeche family are putting together a benefit to help with expenses. Dennis, Brenda, and Ashley Jeche were involved in a the car accident in Goodhue County on October 20, 2012 ..... 
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Adourn will “funk your junk”

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

A new boutique has arrived on Main Street in Chatfield, Minn. that has many people excited to “funk their junk.” The name of the store is Adourn {furniture rehab} and is located at 218 Main Street in Chatfield. The store is filled with old furn ..... 
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Chatfield Napa store has added hardware

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

The Napa Store located at 103 1/2 Division Street NW in Chatfield, Minn. has begun selling hardware store related items along with car parts and accessories. The business began selling hardware items in November of 2011, and have made room for many ..... 
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