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The lonely grave of Bert Bismark sits atop the desolate “boot hill” cemetery outside the Iowa State Penitentiary at Anamosa.

Monmouth girl fell under spell of ‘Hindoo palmist’

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A Dixon family photo, taken at its previous residence in Princeville about 1898, shows 9-year-old Ruby at front, center surrounded by her half-siblings from her father’s first marriage. Ausman Dixon is seated at left and Ruby’s mother, Sarah, is at right.

Editor and historian for Monmouth College. Avid researcher of western Illinois history for 40 years. FB and Twitter. jrankin@monmouthcollege.edu

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