News: Columbia (16 Aug 1962)


Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon


Surnames: Gale, Sollberger, Grimes, Poertner, Harvey, Marden, Hale  


----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) August 16, 1962


Columbia (16 August 1962)


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 it.


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) Grimes.


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 Hillsboro.


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 death.


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 story’).



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