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Phoebe Kellum Mericle papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA0302

Scope and Contents

The Phoebe Kellum Mericle obituary is from the Fort Dodge newspaper of October 24, 1893.


  • Creation: 1893


Conditions Governing Access

The obituary is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Phoebe Kellum was born on November 11, 1820, near Binghamton, New York. She married Jacob Mericle in 1841; they had four children before deciding to move west in 1849 because of Jacob Mericle's health. The family settled in Pleasant Valley Township, about six miles from what is now Fort Dodge. The area was completely wild, and their only neighbors were Indians. Mericle gave birth to the first white child born in Webster County. When Jacob Mericle proposed to the government that the white people of the area needed protection, two companies of soldiers were sent to establish Fort Clarke, which was later named Fort Dodge. Mericle died in her home in 1893 after having been sick for about six weeks.


0.25 linear inches

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Early settler in Webster County, Iowa.


One item, shelved in SCVF.

Method of Acquisition

The obituary (donor no. 413) was donated by Pat Baker in 1997.

Kristen Rassbach, 1997.
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
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