Dayton Township, Richland County, Wisconsin
Tombstones Tell - Republican Observer - June 20, 1957
Conkle and Mill Creek
These two cemeteries, the Conkle and Mill Creek, are
on what is known as the "Middle Branch" of Mill Creek and are located
not so far apart on county trunk E. The Conkle cemetery is in the town
of Dayton and the Mill Creek burying ground in the town of Sylvan just
a bit off of county trunk E close to the town line between Marshall and
In the Conkle burying ground some of the early
settlers of the area ended their journey through life. On the monument
of one of the early settlers, Lovina Hook, wife of John Hook, it says
she was born in North Carolina December 18, 1811, and died on Mill
Creek, Richland County, Wisconsin, March 13, 1904. A line follows which
reads "All is Well." The young also found rest on the Hook lot. Thelma
Hook, who was born on March 26, 1898, died February 25, 1900, lacked
but a month of being two years of age. A verse on the stone says of the
lovely, she was but given a fair
earth to blossom in Heaven."
Buried there are members of the Wood family, one of
whom, W. J. Wood, was a Civil War veteran, a member of Co. D. 11th
Wisconsin Volunteers. He enlisted from the town of Dayton, January 25,
1864, and was mustered out May 25, 1865. Henry Toms and Jesse S.
Miller, Richland Center, were captains of Co. D; Wm. Hill, also of
Richland Center, was a First Lieutenant and Wm. H. Dawson of Orion, a
Daniel Conkle, also buried in this cemetery, served
in Co. D. He was born, so the tombstone says, in 1843 and died in 1922.
He enlisted in the Civil War in 1861. His wife, Cindaretta, was born in
1847 and died in 1913. Another member of the Conkle family, Michael,
lived to be 72 years of age. He died June 27, 1890.
Many members of the Miller clan are buried in the
Conkle cemetery. One of these was Jacob Miller, who was born in Ohio,
on March 12, 1821, came to Richland county in 1850. His death took
place on Christmas Day, 1863. Other members of the family are buried on
the lot, one Milton, was born in 1855 and died in 1942. Members of the
Miller family still own the old farm, up the road, not so far from the
cemetery. The son Milton, was born in Eagle, coming to Mill Creek when
he was but three years old. The rest of his life was spent on the old
home farm. He served as town clerk of Dayton for over 50 years.
Albert C. Herlitz and his wife Dorothea, also early
settlers, are buried in the Conkle cemetery. Mr. Herlitz was born in
1854, and died in 1921. His wife first saw the light of day in 1860 and
died in 1933. Other members of the family are buried on the lot.
Members of the Nevel clan are also in the cemetery.
George W., born in 1839 and died in 1917, is there as are Harve Nevel
and his wife Zula.
A finely carved statue of a young girl stands upon
the resting place of miss Minnie Groh, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry
Groh. The daughter, born August 24, 1900, met a tragic death on August
7, 1914. She and a companion had gone to the creek to swim and both
were drowned. Minnie had not quite reached her 14th birthday. Drowned
with her was Miss Lillias Grant of Janesville, who was visiting at the
Groh home. Miss Grant's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Grant, at one time
conducted the Park hotel in Richland Center. Henry Groh, father of
Minnie, is buried close to his daughter. He was born in 1866 and passed
on in 1949. Another member of the Groh family was Arthur, born
September 16, 1907, and died Aug. 29, 1910. The verse on his marker
"A little time
on earth he spent
God for him His angel sent."
Valentine Groh, who died in 1895 and Dorothea
Groh, who died in 1909 at the age of 79, are, buried there. Valentine
was 75 years of age when he died.
Among those who found rest in this little cemetery
were Charles Bender and his wife Mary. He was born in 1858 and died in
1938; she was born in 1862 and died in 1938. Another early death was
that of John Hull, who died May 1, 1859.
Joseph Conkle, another of the early settlers
thereabouts, lived to a ripe old age. He died October 15, 1890, at the
age of 83 years, 7 months and 11 days.
The ravages of the elements has laid a heavy hand on
some of the older markers in the cemetery.
They are difficult to read and some of them, covered
by moss, cannot be made out.
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