The burial of Hilda's foot apparently took place in Union Cemetery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1919.
Katherine wanted to know if any of us in the genealogy community had ever seen anything like this. We had not. But of course, being avid genealogists, several of us went on a hunt for Hilda, hoping to find out what the story was behind this odd burial.
As you can probably imagine, we had a lot of guesses as to how Hilda lost her foot and perhaps more importantly, why she had it buried. Was her body destroyed in an accident and only the foot remained? Was the foot amputated for health reasons and her religious beliefs required that she bury the foot until she died and could be buried with it?
Then I found the following story in the Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Wisconsin) 04 Aug 1920, Wed Page 10 which explained what happened to Hilda and her foot.
Hilda died April 15, 1950 and her obituary reveals she was 66 years old.
Milwaukee Journal Monday, Apr 17, 1950 Milwaukee, WI Page: 37