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Stearns County – Prodigious Size


Evidence* of a Prehistoric Race’ at
Lake Koronis.

Special to the Globe.
11.— Homer Beckley, of this village,
while plowing on his farm, near Lake
Korontfi, found what in the bands of
a savant would undoubtedly develop
into a pre-historic chipped atone in
strument, it is a stone which has by
some one and in some manner been
cut Into the shape of a hatchet, having
a flat head with a neck smoothly cut
out below, slanting sides and shar
pened lower end and shows evidence of
having been worked upon and used
considerably. The instrument was
turned up from a depth of from twelve
to eighteen inches of virgin soil, this
piece of Mr. Beckley’s farm never
having been cultivated. The stone
weighs about three pounds. Mr. Beck
ley has also found at various times on
his farm, and near the place where this
hatchet was unearthed, numerous
stone arrow heads and other indica
tions of a previous occupancy. These
facts in connection with the finding,
two years ago, of the skeleton of a
huge man, in a mound not far from
Mr. Beckley’s farm, would add
strength to the belief among many of
our citizens that the region about Lake
Koronis was the home of a pre-historic
race of a prodigious size and strength.
Legend tells that the valley of the
Crow just east of Lake Koronis was
the scene in ages gone by of a ter
rific battle between opposing tribes of
this ancient people and that many of
the slain in that battle were buried in
what is known as the “Indian Mound.”
Other indications of a previous inhabi
tancy in the shape of broken potter,
and copper implements are said to
have been found in and about this
same locality. A party of relic loving
gentlemen, headed by a well-known
prelate, are talking of organizing a
I«arty to make a thorough investiga
tion of the Indian mound and the
farms adjoining.

The Saint Paul globe., August 12, 1897, Page 4, Image 4​

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