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The Earl Monument
The History of Renville County, Volume 2
Compiled by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge
Chapter XLIII
p. 1345-1346

The Earl Monument is located on the northwest quarter of the southeast quarter of section 12, Beaver. It is erected in honor of Radner Earl, a boy, who gave up his life defending his father, and marks the place where he is buried. Soon after the Massacre the father and other members of the family erected on the spot a monument on which was a lamb, looking in the direction in which the enemy came on that fatal morning in August. After the father died, this monument was moved and placed near the father's burial place in Iowa. The spot then remained unmarked until the present monument was erected. It is worthy of note that the soil above the devoted boy has never been disturbed since the day the body was buried. Though it is in a cultivated field, the plowmen have left it untouched, until with the years the drifting dust and annual vegetation has caused a mound to form, on the top of which the monument is located.

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