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                                                          Stoddard Burial Plot
                                                              Willow Township, Richland County, Wisconsin  USA

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STODDARD BURIAL PLOT

Catalogued November 27, 1974 by H. A. Dieter. Located on the present Walter Rippchen farm in Section 31, Town of Willow. It is situated on a hillside pasture area, east of Junction County Trunk NN with an east and west town road. A cheese factory, long a landmark, is no longer standing at the old four corner intersection. It has a 28' x 28' wire fence with a small iron gate in the northwest corner. A lone pine tree graces the center of the enclosure. The plot is free of brush but has uncut grass from year to year. One gravestone is presently standing, one missing, two broken and piled along the fence. The above mentioned farm was purchased in 1854 by Valentine & Joanna Stoddard. The intersection was long known as Stoddard Corners. Family burial sites were very common, appearing on many homesteads throughout the county. Neighbors were often laid to rest in the same plot. Joanna Stoddard was the first known to be buried here. Mr. Stoddard remarried but was brought back to rest beside Joanna in 1898. Two Civil War veterans were buried here, also one child. Three of five graves have no visible location but are described instead in county records. New stone erected summer of 1991 by the following descendants: Wayne Stoddard Martin, Eva Martin Roberts, Dora Martin Krueger, Freda Martin Nee, James Martin (via wife, Helen), Raymond Stoddard, Charles Stoddard, Irene Stoddard Straight and Winifred Stoddard Devine. All great grandchildren of Valentine and Joanna Davison Stoddard.


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