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Abbie Gardner Sharp’s story: Life continues on

Black and white photo of Abbie Gardner Sharp

Following her rescue after nearly four months in captivity with Inkpaduta’s band of Native Americans, Abbie learned that her sister Eliza had survived the Springfield attack and had married William Wilson, who had lived with the Gardners in Okoboji for a time, and moved to Hampton, IA. On July 5, they were reunited. Soon after,…

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Abbie Gardner Sharp’s story: Abbie’s rescuers

Photo of Hotonhowashta

Abbie Gardner was held captive by Inkpaduta’s band after about four months in captivity. Three Native Americans paid for her and took her back to Minnesota. They were paid $1,000 for her rescue. Mazaintemani Mazaintemani, or Man Who Shoots Metal as He Walks, was noted by Abbie Gardner Sharp to be John Other Day. However,…

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Abbie Gardner Sharp’s story: Traveling to Spirit Lake

Green map of where the Gardners moved

  Rowland Gardner married Frances Smith in 1836 and had four children — Mary, Eliza, Abigail and Rowland. However, he wasn’t satisfied in New York and wanted to join the westward bound in pursuit of a new and better life. So in 1853, 10 years after Abigail, better known as Abbie, was born, the family…

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Abbie Gardner Cabin opens for the season

Photo of a cabin

At Pillsbury Point, people enjoy the beautiful view of West Lake Okoboji, the sun glistening off the water, the cool breeze. However, the scene was anything but peaceful at that same location 161 years ago when the Spirit Lake Massacre occurred in March 1857. Misunderstandings between settlers and American Indians sparked an atrocity that is…

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