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Spring Grove re-enactors tell story of possible murders

Published: Thursday, May 16, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

SPRING GROVE – The possible murder of a man and his two children in the early 1850s will be explored as part of a Look at Local History Month event.

William Horton of English Prairie was found dead shortly after filing for divorce – charging his wife, Caroline, with adultery – but before the papers were served.

A few years later, in 1854, their children, Clinton, 11, and Lucinda Adelaide, 7, died mysteriously within days of each other at the home their mother shared with her new husband, Andrew Dunning.

Re-enactors will create the testimony given by friends and neighbors after the arrest of Dunning starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Old Town Hall, 1917 Main St., Spring Grove.

The event is free, and court documents from the case will be on display. Light refreshments will be served afterward.

– Emily K. Coleman

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