Carthage News

Where did the shoemaker bury his money?


Everyone is welcome 9:30 a.m. Jan. 3 when The Prairie Parish holds outdoor worship services at Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Iroquois. People stay in their cars and listen to the service over the radio.

There was a live nativity scene at Immanuel Lutheran Church for the Christmas Eve Services.

Did you know?

(From an old edition of The Carthage News)

There is a children’s story about the elves and the shoemaker, but Carthage also has a legend about a shoemaker. Two miles east of Carthage, in the early days of the town, there lived a Norwegian immigrant named Gunder Serns. Serns was a man of ambition, having a general store in town, numerous land holdings and, eventually, an implement store. He was the first mayor when the town was incorporated and was involved in almost every improvement and advancement of the town. A shoemaker named Anderson made his home with Serns, where he repaired shoes and was paid in coins for his work. Years later, he died penniless—which is where the mystery comes in. What did the shoemaker do with his money? He was a recluse and rarely went to town. Only after Anderson’s death did it occur to Serns that many times he had seen the shoemaker leave the house with a pitcher. When this became common knowledge, it was immediately assumed that the shoemaker had buried his money on the banks of the creek. Many went out digging for the shoemaker’s supposed cache, but to this day, it has never been found.


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