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Guide to the Phoebe Kellum Mericle obituary

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1893
Creator: Mericle, Phoebe Kellum (1820-1893)
Extent: 1.00 item.
Collection Number: IWA0302
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Early settler in Webster County, Iowa.

Arrangement: One item, shelved in SCVF.

Access: The obituary obituary is open for research.


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.

Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Address: 100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-5068
Curator: Kären Mason

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.

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

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