People like Ken Rohrer, and myself grew up in Walkerton, and barely knew about the farm where the native burial mounds were unearthed in 1922. Most people today remember the Stuntz-Hochstetler Pine Forest located as a Christmas Tree Farm and Holiday Shoppe! Ervin Stuntz unearthed a lot of Indian artifacts there and wrote several crude books about the indigenous people who left them. He put them on display after he built a museum at the old tourist attraction. He was, especially, known for providing several Christmas Tree's for the White House front lawn in Washington for the Presidential tree lightings since Ronald Reagan, and Jimmy Carter.
Could this be the 8 ft. giant at the Grove Vosburg Farm whose remains were found on Tyler Rd. north of downtown Walkerton?
Once, every summer they had ancestors of the local Potowatomi Tribe come there for pow-wows. People like Ken, and myself enjoyed attending it. Many people may have been involved in the Scouts Organization and went to camp on the ancient property, once, the Grove Vosburg Farm. They may recall the mounds and the artifacts that Ervin Stuntz kept there. Stuntz was always involved in Boys & Girls Scouts of America and held camps at the location.
Actual photo of remains with copper breast plate, and ornamented hat believed to belong to Welsh Prince Madoc taken by Smithsonian Scientists in the 1920's at the Walkerton arcaeological dig near Tyler Rd. It puts Madoc in Walkerton 450 years before Christopher Columbus.
During 1922, Grove Vosburg, who came into owning the land decided to arouse his curiousity, knowing the native mounds had something inside. He longed to know the ancient secret hidden underneath, rumored for hundreds of years! He found 8 skeletons laid out like spokes of a wheel. Here is how the South Bend Tribune reported the discovery, "The eight skeletons lay in a circular formation, arranged like the spokes of a wheel, with skulls together. Copper breastplates, bands and other bits of armor adorned the skeleton of one man, who apparently had been of giant stature. Embedded in this skull was a beautifully chipped flint arrowhead.
Photos of remains at Walkerton archaeological site includes a copper helmet, copper shield, and arrow found in one of the warriors skulls. The bone remains of the giants may have been sold to traveling side shows that toured America and Europe? They are no longer found at the Smithsonian Institute who sent a team of scientists to the Walkerton dig.
Portrait of Prince Madoc of Wales, 1170, Castle Gwynedd.
The soft earth of the mound revealed other treasures. Three pounds of ore, believed to be either silver or white gold, lie with the bones. There were corroded copper bands, which antiquarians here believed were used to bind war clubs; two pipe bowls, one of smooth black stone, and the other carved with a replica of a fantastic monster, were found.
The belief that the bones are not those of Indians, but belong to the ancient and little known race of mound builders has arisen because of the great size of the bones and the fact that skull formations are not those of Indian types. The skulls seem to have little forehead and the eye cavities are high in the head."
During that era many archaeologists were drawn to the find. Including, Smithsonian scientists like Richard Dewhurst, and Andrew Wilson who took note of the phenomenon of Giants.
The belief that the bones are not those of Indians, but belonged to the ancient and little known race of mound builders has arisen, because of the great size of the bones, and the fact that the skull formations are not those of the Indian types. The skulls seem to have little forehead and the eye cavities are high in the head. Grove Vosburg notified the government for further archaeological examination!
The bones continue to be the envy of study by Chromosomal Scientists who today debate the origins of God, Adam and Eve. It is said the Giants are descendant of Ancient Egypt. Others believe they came from Wales Prince Madoc who disappeared during an expedition to discover Amercia in 1140AD. According to stories, he was shipwrecked near what is now Mobile, Alabama. He was warned by friendly natives to not stretch his expedition further to the north where "red painted indigenous tribes" lived.
There were reports that Prince Madoc pressed northward into the Great Lakes Area. It is said many from the Welsh-funded expedition were killed in the Ohio River Valley? And that Prince Madoc went further north where he lived among the same "red painted people?"
The story goes further, that he returned to Wales with those people in a sort of tourist agreement to build trade. It is said he made a total of 3 expeditions to the Ohio River Valley? Could the tall people found in the circular formation be the offspring of Prince Madoc? Does that explain the British height, and strange bone structure? Britons were known to be exceptionally tall? Could this also explain the copper shields and domed hat found at Walkerton?
Iroquois, the Osage, the Tuscaroras, the Hurons, the Omahas, and many other North American Indians all speak of giant men who once lived and roamed in the territories of their forefathers. All over what is now the United States are traditions of these ancient giants.
Mummified giant remains were the subjects of traveling western shows through the years. Could the Smithsonian skeletal remains have been sold off for exhibitions?
Over 1000 accounts of seven-foot and taller skeletons have reportedly been unearthed from ancient burial sites over a two-hundred-year period in North America. Newspaper accounts, town and county histories, letters, scientific journals, diaries, photos and Smithsonian ethnology reports have carefully documented this. These skeletons have been reported from coast to coast with strange anatomic anomalies such as double rows of teeth, jawbones so large as to be fit over the face of the finder, and elongated skulls, documented in virtually every state.
The Walkerton location on Tyler Rd. once held the Ervin Stuntz Museum celebrating the mound and indigenous village that once stood there. Stuntz wrote several crude books about the Native Americans, and included artifacts from the mounds as a part of his collection. Many are found today at the Heritage House Museum on Michigan St., home of the Walkerton Area Historical Society collection.
Two young Potawatomi braves photographed by Ken Rohrer during a pow-wow once common at the sacred Walkerton mound site during the 1970's.
It is a treasure to know that these mounds on Tyler Rd. predate the Christopher Columbus Expedition of 1492. It is fascinating that Walkerton's people go back to the 1100's, 979 years ago! Did Prince Madoc start his first family here?
Ken Rohrer went on that, "Recently I visited the location and drove back to see the mounds once again. There was so much overgrowth, they were nearly impossible to see. If anyone wants to see them, here is the address. You might want to call first before you go to their property."
Stuntz and Hochstetler’s Pine Forest
20451 N. County Line Rd. (Tyler Road)