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5/31/2017 2:48:00 PM
Larry Blood reflects on his heritage

By Ruth Hanson

 "I have a total of 131 relatives buried in Wildwood Cemetery in Wasioja," Larry Blood said. The Wildwood Cemetery is just south of the Wasioja Seminary Park where the Civil War Memorial is located.

He went on to explain that his great great grandfather was  born in 1834 in the state of New York and later moved to Wasioja in 1860. He (Moses Warner) was the first city clerk of Wasioja and died at the age of 41 in 1875. He is buried in the oldest part of the cemetery.

"My great grandpa "Bert" Francis was born in Wasioja. He was born in 1861 and died in 1947," he said. "His wife Effie was born in 1870 and died in 1950. I have a very clear memory of her smoking a corncob pipe. Isn't that cute?"

Larry was born in 1944.

Bert and Effie's daughter, Flossie, was his grandmother. Flossie House lived from 1893 to 1957 and is buried just inside a wire fence surrounding the head stones.

Flossie, Lottie May and their brother Clarence lived with their parents, Francis and Effie, in the Civil War Recruiting Station building. The  tiny limestone building still stands and is considered to be the only one west of the Mississippi. When used as a residence it did have a small room attached but no longer exists.

"I'm pretty sure that I've found my great-great-grandpa's grave stone," Larry said. "I think it's a stone that broke off, but is still there. In those days a lot of head stones were made of limestone. My great grandpa worked in the nearby limestone quarry where most of the stones for the graves came from."

He went on to explain that his great, great grandpa Moses came from England and settled in Wasioja. In the 1870s Wasioja had a slightly greater population than Rochester.

"The town of Wasioja was named after an Indian chief," he said and added that his last relative to be buried there was Keith Anderson, who was buried there last summer.

He said that he took his daughter Susan on a tour of the cemetery recently to see where her great great grandparents are buried.

"It was nice to see how interested she was," he said.

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