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Phoebe Kellum Mericle obituary Edit




  • 1893 (Creation)


  • 1.00 item (Whole)

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  • Abstract

    Early settler in Webster County, Iowa.

  • Arrangement

    One item, shelved in SCVF.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The obituary obituary is open for research.

  • Method of Acquisition

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

  • Preferred Citation

    Phoebe Kellum Mericle obituary, Iowa Women's Archives, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City.

  • Scope and Contents

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

  • 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.