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Devil's Jump Off - Share your Story! #15140 11/24/09 12:06 PM
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With the release of Devil's Jump-Off just around the corner...I thought this would be a great opportunity for others to share their stories and/or experiences from Devil's Jump-Off/The End of the World. If you have a story you'd like to share...we'd love to hear it! In the coming days, we'll pick our 3 favorite stories and send you a signed copy of the book!

So share your story - or maybe one you've heard over coffee, and check back often to see if yours was chosen!



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The attached image is an actual photo of Devil's Jump-Off, courtesy of David Tesch. Guessing it dates back to the 1940s - the photographer of this picture is unknown.

Re: Devil's Jump Off - Share your Story! [Re: Don Osell] #15145 11/24/09 02:33 PM
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Great pic!

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Devil's Jump-Off story...but I need a memory prompt: Recently someone shared the story will me of a murder that was committed there in the 1930s, perhaps 40s. I believe it's documented in Henderson: Then and Now but I haven't been able to find it. Story: Seems a fellow drove his girl friend out there, "did her in," and was in the process of trying to roll the car with her in it off the cliff - to make it look accidental. Along came another car and foiled the whole plot. I believe he was tried and sentenced. Perhaps whoever shared this story with me can fill in the blanks.

Re: Devil's Jump Off - Share your Story! [Re: Don Osell] #15152 11/25/09 01:52 PM
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Oh! What I wanted to ask, too, is if anyone out there knows how and where the Devil's Jump-Off name originated? I've talked to some old timers (older than me) and they say it's been Devil's Jump-Off ever since they can remember. It also carries the dual label, "End of the World." Personally, I think Devil's Jump-Off is catchier. Anyone out there is cyberspace who knows where the name came from? Even speculation?

Re: Devil's Jump Off - Share your Story! [Re: Don Osell] #15163 11/28/09 12:23 PM
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Don, the girl that was murdered was my mom's aunt, Anna Stark. She was killed in 1936. I told my mom ( Lulu Belle Dibbert) that you were intrested in the story so she found the paper where the story was in and is writing the story for you. Keep your eye out for it!
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In response to the murder: I have a copy of the paper, know the exact dates etc. The murder took place on August 7, 1936. The reason I know, because this was my mother's sister. I was only about 2 months old at the time. Anna Stark had borrowed money to Fred Wolters, according to the Henderson paper, $900, which would have been quite a lot in those days. My mother (Adelia Pockrandt Kreft) told me that he wanted to meet her and she should bring the note, as he was going to pay her. She had two daughters (17 & 14 at the time) and and they didn't want her to go, but she did anyhow. My mom said that she put the note that she had for the debt, in her shoe, so perhaps, she was a little concerned herself.

The Henderson paper says he kicked her to death, but my mom also said he used the tire iron, as it was called then. You are correct in the fact, that someone came and disturbed him. My mom said he was going to try to shove the car over the edge, so it would look like an accident. As he was trying to run away, he lost one of his shoes, so she said when they found him, he was wearing new shoes.
My parents lived west of Redwood Falls at the time and she said they got the blood hounds from there. I am not sure if it was to help find her, or him, as I am sure her daughters were concerned when she didn't come home. The paper said she was 45 at the time, which is correct, as she was born in 1891. I have the church book where she was baptised. Stark was 35 at the time, according to the paper.

Anna was a housekeeper, at the time, for William Jentz of Henderson.


The paper states that the murder took place in Kelso Township in a field near the John Barke farm. It states that the murder happened, between 9 and 11 P.M. which was a Friday evening. Being in the summer, it would stay light, till at least 10pm.
The paper states that the Barke family didn't pay too much attention, as people came at all hours to pick chokecherries.

My mom told how terrible her body looked, as she had been in the hot son, for a long time and Stark had brutally beaten her.

Stark was convicted and in jail for many years. I believe he may have gotten out, the very last years of his life. Anna and Fred are both buried in the Arlington City Cemetary.

In regard to Devil's Jump off or the end of the world, Ray and I used to go mushroom hunting with Earl and Marvel Tesch. Ray wasn't afraid of heights, so he climbed out a ways. I always felt that if one fell off of there, it would be the End of the World for that person.

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I found my Henderson Then and Now book, and theres a brief part of the story is on page 126 secound Paragraph.

Lisa

Re: Devil's Jump Off - Share your Story! [Re: Lu Dibbert Grack] #15166 11/28/09 12:58 PM
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In regard to Anna Stark, her funeral took place at St Paul's United Church in Henderson. I just checked the church book.

Re: Devil's Jump Off - Share your Story! [Re: Lu Dibbert Grack] #15167 11/28/09 01:48 PM
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Sorry I made some mistakes, Wolters was 35 at the time and he had brutally beat Anna. He was convicted and put in jail.

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