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The Kresge Family Monument

Gilbert, Monroe County, Pennsylvania

Dedicated 19 Aug 1915

 

Above: photograph of the Kresge Monument taken in 2006

 

The Kresge Family Monument which is found in the old Salem Church Cemetery in Glibert, is an acknowledged historical landmark of Monroe County. The monument was dedicated on August 19, 1915 on the occaision of the 13th annual Kresge family reunion. The monument depicts a familiar piece of Kresge family tradition concerning Conrad Kresge and his 12-year-old son John. The story goes that in the year 1776 Conrad Kresge and John, were attacked by a band of Indians while cutting wood near the family homestead. The Indians succeeded in killing and scalping the Kresge boy, although tradition says that Conrad was able to stave off the attackers and save his own life using his axe to "parry the attacker's arrows" (or something to that effect). There is no tradition that says Conrad himself was wounded in the attack, nevertheless, he was apparently unable to save his son. Although there is no contemporary written record of the incident, the Pennsylvania Archives Series, covering the state’s colonial years, records many similar incidents around the same time.

 

 

Since there are several generations of Kresge family members buried in the Gilbert cemetery, it made sense to erect the monument here. By the turn of the 20th century, however, the cemetery had become rundown and it was decided to re-erect certain markers and generally “tidy-up” the cemetery. The result was that many older markers were saved from destruction, however not all markers were reset into their original positions. Eight markers that were near the proposed site of the Kresge Monument were reset at the base of the rear of the monument, and in 1971, brass plaques with English translations of these markers were placed on the base of the front of the monument. Photographs of all eight original markers and their accompanying translations are provided below. The cost of the monument was $800.99 and a copy of the original bill is also shown below, taken from the 2009 Edition of the Kresge Family History by Atwood J. Shupp. The funds for the monument were raised via voluntary donations from family members.

 

 

Today, the Kresge Monument stands as an important historical landmark reminding us of some of the difficulties faced by our ancestors, and remains a focal point of the annual Kresge family reunion.

Jeffrey L. Thomas

 

Below: early photograph of the Kresge Monument before the old markers surrounding the monument were rearranged.

 

Below: front and rear view of the Kresge Monument in the Gilbert Cemetery.
There are eight plaques affixed to the front base of the monument that
provide translations for the eight grave markers located at the rear of the monument.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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