A link to an interesting list of abandoned towns, villages, and post offices in Winneshiek County.
The History of Ossian and Military Township, by C. Clair Cornell has been digitized and is now available at IAGenWeb, thanks to the efforts of my friend, Bill Waters, Winneshiek County Coordinator.
Mystery Solved! - After years here, asking who are these folks, we now know that they are Theodore Schmitt (1852-1917) and his wife Anna Maria Haubrich (1854-1920).
Thank you Mary Ann Ihrke for pointing me to
to solve this mystery. Thank you to my sister Lori and her friend Judy Lansing for providing the pictures, and to my genealogy friend Gerry (Murphy) Wester who made some very good guesses.