After more than a century, Jacob Franklin Kinna no longer lies in anonymity.
The Civil War veteran, who died of blood poisoning in 1893 after receiving a gunshot wound, had been buried in an unmarked grave at the Yankton Cemetery. That changed last week thanks to researchers with the South Dakota State Historical Society. The occasion was commemorated Saturday with a memorial service.
He sits in a rocking chair moved onto grass, the jacket of his suit unbuttoned to reveal a vest underneath.
George W. Ward’s visage is somber, his eyes squinted against the sun. He holds a cane in his right hand; a hat rests upside down on the grass.
“He’s just so distinguished,” his great-great-granddaughter Melissa Hyde says.
The way Tim Garton sees it, historical artifacts — and the stories behind them — remain forever lost if they stay buried in the ground.
But the owner of Metal Detector Sales of Southwest Missouri cringes at the thought of treasure hunters randomly digging up artifacts, leaving holes behind, with no concern for ethically extracting or documenting what they find.