Pocahontas, the Princess Giant

This Indian Maiden can be found on the east side of Pocahontas, Iowa as you come into town on highway 3. Pocahontas is located in North Central Iowa were its dark black soil is some of the best soil in the world. Many of our ancestors settled in this area and became successful farmer families. The town of Pocahontas and the county it is located in are both named after a Powhatan Indian Princess Pocahontas. The Indian Maiden is a 1954 project of Albert J. Shaw and Frank W. Shaw. It was designed by W. C. Ballard and the construction was supervised by Marcell Moritz. the Shaw family of Pocahontas still maintains the statue, a proud symbol of the town and the county that bears her name. She is said to be the "World's Largest Indian Maiden," standing 25 feet tall and 7 1/2 feet across at the shoulders.

Welcome!

Welcome to the Fleege’s, Poduska’s, Dinsmore’s, and Dickinson’s Genealogy Website. This website is based on four very unique families: The Fleege’s, The Poduska’s, The Dinsmore’s, and The Dickinson’s. /p>It was March 25, 1983 and the central part of the United States was experiencing a rare spring snowstorm. By mid-afternoon over 15” of wet, heavy snow had fallen, and the winds were strong enough they created wave after wave of snow drifts. Despite Mother Nature’s last flurry of winter, Robert Dale Fleege married Barbara Marion Dinsmore in a Christian ceremony that wintery day, and the four families became one.

All of our ancestors came from very different parts central Europe. Once we knew where our ancestors came from, the next question was where they fit in with the hierarchy of society. This became much easier to answer once it was determined that each family had a Coat of Arms or Family Crest. Only families of royalty and the noble class had a family crest. None of the families met the criteria of royalty; therefore, all four families most likely came from noble or aristocratic class.

What does this mean? Our ancestors could own land and most likely employed servants to help work the land. A servant was a lower class of people and they were not allowed to own land, so they had to work for those who did “own land”. Those in the noble class could also own small businesses such as a general store, stables, black smithery, etc. If you were one of the lucky ones, you received an appointment by the monarchy to help govern the citizens of the land. This might be a village mayor or enforcer within your village. The more powerful nobles played key roles within the monarchy such as soldiers, while others held advisory roles or were personal assistants to members of the ruling party. Even though some nobles played a key role in the governing of the monarchy, they were not part of the monarchs, royal class and would never be in line for the throne.

Our genealogy history indicates that all four families have strong values and beliefs. We come from a line of strong-minded individuals. If you have ever had the pleasure of having a deep discussion with any of our family members you can clearly see that this trait is alive and well even today. We are a family who is not afraid to speak our mind. We are a family who want our children to have a better life. We are never satisfied with the status quo, especially regarding social or political issues. We believe in education as a means to a better life. From our noble heritage as farmers and landowners, we are immigrants who decided to make a new home in America. We are always striving for a better life.

Nebraska Consolidated Mills, Ravenna, NE

Most people are not familiar with Nebraska Consolidated Mills. That is unless you are related to R. S. Dickinson or Allan Mactier. You’ll find both of these individuals in the Dickinson branch of One Family, Many Trees. Both served as President and CEO of Nebraska Consolidated Mills who in 1972 changed its name to ConAgra. In 2015 ConAgra split into two companies, ConAgra Brands and Lamb Weston. Even after the split ConAgra Brands remained a Fortune 500 company and Lamb Weston is listed as a Fortune 1000 company and is also a member of the S&P 500 Index. Both play a major role in feeding the world, and it all started with four flour mills located in Grand Island, Hastings, St Edward, and Ravenna, Nebraska and members of our family played an interictal part in the development of these four small Nebraska flour mills into a two companies that help feed the world.