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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

Re: Devil's Jump Off - Share your Story! [Re: Lu Dibbert Grack] #15169 11/28/09 10:13 PM
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hi lu this is bill k I always remember mom (mable) telling me that she had an aunt murdered out there whenever we would be out that way thanks for sharing the story

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In search of Devil's Jump-Off stories: It has been suggested by certain individuals (who shall remain nameless) that the Devil's Jump-Off locale has been (is?) the site of many parties of the type not normally reported in the Independent. Is this true? Can anyone verify, or perhaps set the record straight, that it is nothing more than a base canard? Of course, if you share something here it will go no further. It will remain a Chatter Secret. You might even win a free Devil's Jump-Off book.

Re: Devil's Jump Off - Share your Story! [Re: Don Osell] #15173 11/29/09 04:35 PM
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yeah there was many a parties there and vampire valley smile

Re: Devil's Jump Off - Share your Story! [Re: WildBill] #15174 11/29/09 08:00 PM
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I seem to remember a few keggers at Devil's Jumpoff. Being underage, I was there to observe and not participate.

Re: Devil's Jump Off - Share your Story! [Re: Denny Graham] #15175 11/30/09 12:47 PM
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Just to repeat: We will be in Henderson at Christmas Expo, December 6, 2 to 4pm at the Wild Edge Center signing books. Special gift price of $10.00 with all proceeds going to the Joseph R. Brown River Center. Keep those DJ-O stories coming. I'd still like to hear what anyone knows about how the place came to be called Devil's Jump-Off. Maybe someone can claim naming rights and go down in history.

Re: Devil's Jump Off - Share your Story! [Re: Don Osell] #15183 12/01/09 08:35 PM
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The Devil's Jump-Off website [below] is now LIVE and taking orders for the book, "An account of the curious events at Devil's Jump-Off." On the order page check "Other Publications" for other books for sale, all benefiting the Joseph R. Brown Minnesota River Center.

I will be in Henderson on Sunday, December 6, 2 - 4pm at the Wild Edge Event Center signing and selling books.

www.devilsjumpoff.com

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Brother Bill is correct. Our great aunt Annie Stark was murdered at Devil's Jump Off in the early 1940s. I have a copy of the newspaper article entitled "Brutal Kurder by Human Fiend". Annie Stark (nee Pockrandt) was the divorced mother of two daughters. She worked as a housekeeper for a Jentz who lived on the road towards the Boehne place, near the old Dhaene place. She had a boyfriend whose last name was Wolters. He was a mechanic in Arlington. He had borrowed $600 from Annie and she wanted to be paid back. He told her to meet him at Devil's Jump Off and he would repay her. Instead, he beat her over the head with a tire iron and put her in her car. His intent was to push the car over the cliff to make it look like a car accident. However, some neighbors drove by returning to their farm (I think the Art Just place) and Wolters got scared and ran off. However, he lost a shoe in the farm field. His shoe later helped identify him. Incidentally, both he and Annie are buried in the Arlington Cemetery, not very far from each other.

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The 1936 murder of Anna Stark at Devil's Jump-Off was indeed a tragedy. The reports above add to the story that is only briefly chronicled in "Henderson: Then and Now."

Meanwhile, you'll have to read all the way to the end of "An account of the curious events at Devil's Jump-Off" to find out where a body was suspected of being buried. No, it's NOT at Devil's Jump-Off. If you're planning to be at Christmas Expo this Sunday (December 6) I'll be there signing books.

It's not too late to log a story you have about Devil's Jump-Off on this website. We're awarding three signed books to the best stories. Winners will be announced next week on this space.

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Here's just a few of the real-life people from Henderson, 1919, who appear in the story, "An account of the curious events at Devil's Jump-Off": Alfred "Fritz" Kelm, Earl "Swede" Johnson, Howard Harmeyer, Henry Gabbert, Charles "Colonel" Daugs, Al Behm, Jules Kelm...and there's more, including, of course, Dr. Jacques Duclos and Win Working, in leading roles. Plus the answer to the mystery: What REALLY happened out at Devil's Jump-Off? We'll see you at Wild Edge Event Center tomorrow (Sunday, December 6) where we'll be visiting and signing books from 2 to 4 pm. 100% of the proceeds go to the Joseph R. Brown Minnesota River Center.

Re: Devil's Jump Off - Share your Story! [Re: Don Osell] #15229 12/08/09 12:38 AM
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Announcing the three winners in the "Best Devil's Jump-Off" stories. One goes to Lu Dibbert Grack for the story of her aunt, Anna Stark, who met her demise at Devil's Jump-Off some time in the mid-1930s; a second to David Tesch - not for a story but for the picture he sent me (above on this web page) of the End of the World cliffs (he told me the note on the back of the old photo dates it as 1933; a third to Cindy Reinitz for elaborating on the Anna Stark story. (Anna Stark was her great aunt.) We'll get signed copies of the book to each of you. Thanks to all who bought books on Sunday at the Christmas Expo signing. The JRB Center thanks you for the support.

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The October, 2010 storm now exiting the state triggers memories of the epic storm of October 1919, when Doc and the guys from Henderson Hook & Ladder No. 1 boarded the 1917 Reo and picked their way across Sand Prairie through a white-out night to Devil's Jump-Off, there to unravel the curious events that had been going on out at that remote site on Rush River. (How's that for a run-on sentence.)

Only a very limited number of copies of "An account of the curious events at DEVIL'S JUMP-OFF," remain. It will not be reprinted. You can get a copy by going to www.growingupinhenderson.com Just $12.00, with all twelve going to the Joseph R. Brown Society.

Wonderful fireside reading for those cold winter nights coming to your neighborhood soon. Don't be among those who are clueless about what happened out at the Jump-Off.

All this and assist the Brown Society, too.

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Got my copy!! Execelent read!!

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I am new to this site and stumbled upon this doing some google searches for the "End of the World" in Henderson,MN. I never knew it was also referred to as the Devil's Jump Off. For what ever reason I have never been there. Many of my high school friends back in the late '70s to early '80's talked of it growing up in LeSueur. For some strange reason I thought it was located out around Jessenland up that county road and beyond. I found these stories interesting and also eerie about the murder that took place there many years ago. I would love to go out there and take some photos but from what I have heard there are plenty of "no trespassing" situations a person could get into. One thought I had was to walk the river bed in being the water levels are very low right now. Also, reading all the posts on this thread I saw a Henry Gabbert listed in the 1919 story. He was my great grandfather or my dads grandfather on his mother's side. He died in a trucking accident before my dad was born so that would have been pre-1937. He and my great grandmother lived at the top of Ferry Street and 4th on the SW corner in LeSueur. Richard Kasperik lived there after them.

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Here is a news clipping about that murder at the Devil's Jump Off. The story is a little different than was posted on here but who knows....that was a long time ago and stories do change over time as they get retold. I was talking to my father about this the other day and he never heard about it back when he was younger. It did take place about 5 months before he was born. I had to do a little digging to find this thread on here. Interesting but sad........

https://www.newspapers.com/clip/17883475/anna_stark_murder_st_cloud_times_10/

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