Two miles west and a mile north, on level ground between
Dry and Twelve Mile Creeks, is the site of the 1871 homestead
of Henry Ise. In 1873, Henry married seventeen year
old Rosa Haag of Holton, Kansas and brought her west to
live. Twelve children (five girls and seven boys) were
born on this homestead in the 27 years preceding Henry's death
in 1900. Nine years later, Rosa moved with her family to
Lawrence, Kansas where she died in 1947. One son, John,
published his parent's story in 1936 in a book called
Sod and Stubble. His classic tale of homesteading on the
Great Plains recounts the years of struggle and hardships
the family and there neighbors endured to transform the
virgin sod into productive farms of corn and wheat.
The Ise farm served as the location of the New Arcadia Post Office (1874-1879) and the Ise School, District 37. Near here on the north side of highway 24 (approx. one mile west) is the Downs Cemetery where members of the Ise family and other early settlers are buried.
This monument was made possible by the
|Marker in roadside park beside US-24 in Downs in Osborne County|