(Panama, Iowa) This month marks the 200th Anniversary of the beginning of the war of 1812, between the inexperienced American Republic and Great Britain, one of the worlds “Super Powers” of that era. Ron Chamberlain, of Panama, is the Shelby County Historian and President of the Western Iowa Pioneer Cemetery Association.
“The War of 1812 touches everyone in Iowa,” stated Chamberlain. “We (Western Iowa Cemetery Association) have uncovered six tombstones of War of 1812 veterans in Old Pioneer Cemeterys’ over the past two years.”
Chamberlain says the proclamation will be handed out Friday afternoon during a picnic at the Panama One Room School House Museum. And the unveiling of the Abel Galland Cemetery will be the main event on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. The Cemetery is located 4-miles east of Dunlap and 3-miles north of Earling.
The Western Iowa Cemetery Association has discovered nine burials with a ground penetrating device between Earling and Dunlap that date back to the early 1850’s.”
Abel Galland was a veteran of the war of 1812, and the first Shelby County Settler. Americans declared war on the British for three reasons; 1) Britain was restricting trade with France, 2) the British “impressed” American sailors by stopping American vessels and seizing men the Brits claimed were actually English citizens. 3) Britain supported Native American tribes warring against the U.S. The British feared the United States was attempting to seize more North American territory, especially parts of Canada.
June 18, 2012