News: Columbia (16 Aug 1962)
Surnames: Gale, Sollberger, Grimes, Poertner, Harvey,
County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) August 16,
Columbia (16 August
Mr. and Mrs. William
Gale of Hillsboro were callers Saturday at the home of Mr. and Mrs.
William Sollberger. They had stopped to inquire the way to the
Blanche Grimes grave, the only grave in the first Columbia cemetery
that bears a monument. This cemetery is located past the
George Poertner farm, and south of the railroad crossing, at the
top of "Babcock’s Hill" on the east side of the
road. (Note: the grave is where Poertner Road joins
Fisher Road in Columbia. DMK)
Mrs. Gale, nee Rosa Grimes, sister of Blanche, had
with her a clipping which appeared in the Clark County Press
several years ago - a detailed history of the unmarked graves in
this area and a picture of the Blanche Grimes marker with Mrs.
Robert Harvey standing beside
The Gales had been visiting her aunt, Mrs. Daisy
Marden at Greenwood. Mrs. Marden is the former Daisy Hale and
a sister of Mrs. Gale’s mother, Mrs. Franklin (Emma Hale)
Mrs. Gale stated that her mother died this year on
July 20, at the age of 90 years, four months and eight days.
Her father died in 1936 and both are buried at
Blanche Grimes, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Franklin Grimes, died in 1895 and Rosa (Mrs. Gale) was born a year
later so she does not remember the incident of her sister’s
Mrs. Gale remarked that she remembered little of
the Columbia area as the Grimes family moved to Ontario when she
was very small. She said her only memory of her first home is that
it was near a railroad crossing some distance east of the Columbia
depot. She recalls that members of the family boarded a train
at this (now we are missing the ‘rest of the