Feb 27 2010

Historic Marker: Dacotah House, New Ulm, Minnesota

Dacotah House Historic Marker

Dacotah House Historic Marker

1859 Dacotah House 1971

Helena Erd Seiter       Adolph Seiter

The Dacotah House, located on this site, was built in 1859 by Adolph Seiter and Frank Erd.  Adolph’s wife, Helena Erd Seiter soon established her fame in the kitchen. During the Dakota Conflict of 1862, Helena fled in a wagon with her children to St. Peter.  She is credited with convincing the authorities there of the reality of the outbreak.  Military aid was sent to New Ulm.  The Dacotah House was a refuge and hospital during the conflict and later military headquarters.

For many years the Dacotah Hotel was a central gathering place because of its wonderful food, hospitality and renowned visitors.  The Seiter/Johnson families were the proprietors until 1948, when it was sold to the Esser family.  The Citizens State Bank purchased it in 1968 and operated the hotel until its closing in 1971.

Donated by Seiter/Erd Families 1992

Located on wall of Citizens Bank, Minnesota Street, New Ulm, Minnesota.

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  2. janice l baker on 26 Jan 2011 at 10:51 am

    Basically I am granddau of Lillian Belle Erd Ball Hughes of Lexington Ky
    we are the last of the family here in this area of which I am aware who had direct contact with name- once was in contact with cousin in CA and SO Korea and youngest and only living male of lines who came to Lex ky Darby Erd was in So Carolina = military historian- Kenneth and Richard Erd
    both knew of Erd Family in Minn and the historic building-one had traveled there for a celebration of some nature but I knew very little of family history until I discovered these cousins via internet-so I am always seeking as much information as possible even from roots in Europe for they began I believe in Ulm Bavaria Germany (Alpine country) near Munich
    then migrated across Europe to Le Harve where they took ship and sail across winter Atlantic to arrive in New Orleans ,Christmas Day, where my
    ancestor line actually was born -the first of these Erd families in USA 1835
    they then came up the mighty Mississippi River to Cincinnati Ohio where they settled near water front and prospered in many ways.They were devout Roman Catholics and the father was instrumental in the building of the cathedral near the sports complex that now houses the Cincinnati Baseball/Football comolex-Reds and Bengals-he was solicitor,contractor,
    architect/builder,then choireister the bandmeister etc The family was very large and operated a block of buildings which again housed hotel bakery laundry restaurant/beer hall,sheriff ofc/jail etc.In their later years the whole family relocated to New Ulm except for one sister/her husband and a brother who had earlier moved to KY they were cabinet/coffin makers undertakers,wagon and carriage builders.One later dau of this part of the clan married into the family of the horticulturist who came from Scotland and was famous for laying out cemetaries which were also lovely garden spots around the Isles and Eruope.Thus there were Erds in Ky until now with us being the last of the clans

  3. Mike Farrell on 20 Nov 2013 at 7:22 pm

    My great grandmother, Pauline Hitz Spoerhase, was a cook at the Dakotah House in 1862 when the US-Dakotah war broke out. She the reference and picture at the site below

    Birth: May 9, 1841
    Death: Oct. 25, 1931
    New Ulm
    Brown County
    Minnesota, USA

    A cook at the Dakotah House hotel when the US-Dakota war broke out in 1862. From August 19-23, 1862, the town of New Ulm was attacked by hostile Dakota Indians. The hotel was used as a hospital to treat the wounded. During this time, she assisted Dr. Carl Weschcke in treating the wounded. Lint was placed on wounds to stop the bleeding, so she spent some of her time scraping linen to make the lint. She also helped pour molten lead into bullet molds to make more bullets for the New Ulm defenders who were very short on ammunition.

    She was a member of the Union Hospital Aid, a member of the New Ulm Turnverein, and a charter member of the Hermann Sisters.

    She had eight children, five of whom survived her. Her husband preceded her in death in 1883. She died at her home at 408 South German Street. She had lived to be 90 years of age.

    New Ulm City Cemetery
    New Ulm
    Brown County
    Minnesota, USA

    Created by: Cindy K. Coffin
    Record added: Nov 07, 2010
    Find A Grave Memorial# 61239678


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