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.