The Kochendorfer family

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The Kochendorfer family, about 1860, courtesy Brown County Historical Society, New Ulm, MNJohann and Catherine Kochendorfer settled with their children in Flora Township, Renville County, in April 1862. On August 18, Johann, Catherine, and their baby, Sarah, were all killed in an attack on their homestead. Johann lived long enough to motion to his children โ€” John, age 11, Rose, age nine, Kate, age seven, and Margaret, age five โ€” to hide in the brush until the attack ended. The children then walked about 11 miles before meeting up with neighbors, all of whom eventually reached Fort Ridgely safely.

The family, from left: Catherine holding Margaret, John, Johann holding Kate, and Rose, about 1860.

Courtesy Brown County Historical Society, New Ulm, MN

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