Iron Cross Created by David Krumm is Dedicated to
his Sister's Memory
"Iron Cross Created by David Krumm is Dedicated to his Sister's Memory." Emmons County Record, 10 October 2000, 1.
Relatives of the late Cathy (Krumm) Hulm attended a special Mass
Saturday afternoon at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hague and then
participated in the dedication of a 15 and a half foot wrought iron
cross at the church cemetery.
The cross was designed and built by Cathy's brother, David Krumm
A farmer and custom harvester, Krumm said he does wrought iron
work as a sideline. He has made archways for several area cemeteries,
including three in South Dakota -- Greenway, Artas and a rural cemetery
east of Pollock. He also makes ornamental porch swings.
Cathy, who owned Cathy's Cafe in Strasburg with her husband, Gerald,
died June 10, 2000, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle-deer
Krumm said he suggested to the rest of the Krumm/Hulm family that
there be some kind of memorial to Cathy. The idea of a lighted cross
came up, but it was agreed that it might not be appropriate in the
historic St. Mary's Cemetery. Then the family agreed that a large
wrought iron cross would be ideal for the cemetery, which is known
for its iron cross grave markers that date back to the 1880s.
Krumm got ideas for the memorial by studying the iron crosses
in the cemetery. He was drawn to three crosses that are outlined
"An idea just kind of popped into my head, and I went home, sketched
it out and showed it to the other family members," Krumm explained.
He made the cross with two-inch square tubing that he outlined
with one and a half inch square tubing.
"I put the metal in my homemade jig and rolled and twisted it
into shape and then welded it all together," he said. The project
took about three days to complete.
With the help of a company in Watertown, S.D., Krumm had the cross
painted with a special paint that is sprayed on as a powder. First,
the cross was sand-blasted to prepare the surface for the paint.
An electrical charge was sent through the metal as the powder was
applied; then, the cross was baked in a large oven.
"The paint and process we used should be good for at least 25
years," he said.
The cross has some intricate curly-cues and is outlined with small
crosses. The cross arms measure nine feet.
In August, David brought the cross to the cemetery for the installation.
Assisting were Duane Hulm, Duane Wald, Francis Krumm and Darek Wald.
Duane Hulm suggested putting a gray retaining wall around the base
of the cross, and he and Wald installed it.
The plaque for the memorial is a stainless steel Bible which Krumm
and Delbert Schrum of Eureka Manufacturing made.
"I went to see Delbert to ask him how to make a Bible out of metal.
He sketched it out, and a half hour later we had our Bible," Krumm
The stainless steel pages were engraved by a company in Aberdeen.
Krumm's wife, Barbara (Kauk), suggested mounting the Bible on
a large rock. The family had a perfect rock which was several hundred
feet from the farm where Gerald and Cathy and their family lived
before high water forced them to move off the farm. Two generations
of the family had played on the rock, starting with the children
of Delores Hulm and the late Pius Hulm. When Gerald and Cathy raised
their family on the farm, the kids liked to play on the rock.
An engraved stainless steel plaque rests on
a rock at the base of the memorial cross. The rock is from the
farm yard of the Hulm farm; a couple generations of Hulm children
had played on the rock.
The Bible is now attached to the rock at the base of the cross.
Krumm said he sees a lot of symbolism when he looks at the cross.
The retaining wall reminds him of Christ, the fortress, and the
rock symbolized Christ, "our rock, our foundation," he said. The
Bible is "God's word to us," and the pages of the Bible symbolize
the Book of Life "where our names are recorded," and, of course,
the cross itself reminds us of the price Christ paid for our lives,
"We didn't envision how it turned out," Krumm reflected. "I can't
explain why things fell together like they did, but that's the way
He said it was one piece of artwork he wishes he would not have
had to make. "But I'm glad the cross turned out as it did. It is
a work of love that I wanted to do for my sister," Krumm said.
Krumm said the wrought iron cross is not a shrine. "It is just
a memorial, and I hope others find some comfort or inspiration in
it," he said.
Costs related to the cross were shared by members of the family,
On behalf of the Krumm and Hulm families, David said they thank
St. Mary's Church for giving the space in the cemetery for the memorial.
David and Barbara live in Eureka and farm in the Zeeland area.
He graduated from Hague High School in 1974 and started custom harvesting
right out of school.
The Krumms have four children: Jessica, 19; Sarah, 16; Rachel,
8; and Joseph, 4.
Father Leonard Eckroth dedicates
the memorial cross at St. Mary's Cemetery after a Hulm/Krumm
Family Mass was held Saturday afternoon at St. Mary's Church
in Hague. David Krumm of Eureka, S.D., designed and built the
cross in memory of his sister, Cathy (Krumm) Hulm, who died
June 10. Mass Servers with Father Leonard are Brian Hageman,
son of David and Ann (Krumm) Hageman of Hoven, S.D., and Lisa
Hulm, daughter of Gerald Hulm of Strasburg and the late Cathy
Pictured after the dedication on
Saturday are David Krumm of Eureka, S.D., left, who designed
and built the cross, and Eileen (Hulm) and Duane Wald of Hague,
who were among those who helped with the installation and site
Reprinted with permission of the Emmons County Record.