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Earth Day Cemetery Clean-Up

Earth Day Cemetery Clean-Up

Please join us starting at 9 a.m. on April 18, 2020, for a cemetery clean-up in honor of Earth Day. Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery 2945 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407 If you can, bring a rake and work gloves. We have plenty of bags. Light refreshments will be provided. If you can’t make it at 9, come later. [...]

Tales from Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery

Tales from Pioneers and Soldiers  Memorial Cemetery

By SUE HUNTER WEIR 175th in a Series An Oasis by Streets and Industry Trees can reduce air temperature by as much as 10 degrees within a block radius. If Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery had only 300 trees, eight tons of carbon monoxide from one of the city’s busiest intersections every year. Over the Cemeteriy’s 162 years there [...]

Mpls. Pest (pestilence—a contagious or infectious, epidemic disease) House isolated Small Pox infected people; except H. M. Moores

Mpls. Pest (pestilence—a contagious or infectious, epidemic disease) House isolated Small Pox infected people; except H. M. Moores

Early in the morning on April 11, 1869, a man, identified in the paper only as “a Swede,” thought that he saw a ghost. He was walking by the Union School when he came across a pale man dressed only in a shirt. The man, who was in an “insensible condition,” was obviously not a ghost but was suffering from smallpox. In his delirium he had [...]

Rev. G.L. Morrill, populist preacher “wherever two or three are gathered!”

Rev. G.L. Morrill, populist preacher “wherever two or three are gathered!”

Calvary Baptist, People’s Church—Hennepin Av, Wonderland Amusement Park, Nicollet Field Baseball Park, His Own Funeral  COURTESY HENNEPIN LIBRARY SPECIAL COLLECTIONS G.L. “Golightly” Morrill, with a University of Chicago theology degree, broke away from established churches and founding an unorthodox “People’s Church” in [...]

Milton Worth – Ramsey Author with eyes on the sky found beauty on earth and, on Fort Road renamed Hiawatha Avenue

Tales from Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial CemeteryBy SUE HUNTER WEIR172nd in a Series If you could choose just one word to have inscribed on your grave marker, what word would you choose? Milton Worth Ramsey didn’t get to choose his own word; he didn’t even have a marker until almost 80 years after he died. He died in 1906 and his [...]

Unregulated, ill-equipped, unfunded “Baby Farms” filled a void for poor women

Unregulated, ill-equipped, unfunded “Baby Farms” filled a void for poor women

Mary Briggs, dies after 21 days of life Mary Briggs was only 21 days old when she died from diphtheria on February 13, 1916. As tiny as she was, her death had long-lasting consequences for the City of Minneapolis, especially for babies born to mothers living in poverty. Mary died at 3614 Grand Avenue in what was known as a “baby farm,” a [...]

Same story: Couple fights, man kills woman, police then self

Same story: Couple fights, man kills woman, police then self

Tales from Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery By Sue Hunter Weir 170th in a Series Although half of the National Rifle Association’s members report that they own guns to protect their families, their rationale is not supported by facts. A study conducted by the Center for Disease Control found that only 16% of women are killed by [...]

Phillips woman devotes life to advocating for those with less

Phillips woman devotes life to advocating for those with less

Tales from Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery By Sue Hunter Weir 169th in a Series Photo courtesy of Atchison FamilyThe photo was taken in 1920 when the women shown in the photo were the first women to serve on the Executive Committee of the nation-wide Republican Party. Carrie Fosseen, suffragist and social reformer (second row, [...]

Her family tells Ann Gardiner’s story via her own web site

Her family tells Ann Gardiner’s story via her own web site

Tales from Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery By Sue Hunter Weir 168th in a Series AnnGardiner Ann Gall Gardiner has her own web page. Not all that unusual in these times, perhaps, but she is not from these times: She was born more than 200 years ago, on Jan. 20, 1817, in Kincardine, Scotland and died from tuberculosis in [...]

Cemetery: Flagpole cost $271.55, is still up 90 years later

Cemetery: Flagpole cost $271.55, is still up 90 years later

Tales from Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery By Sue Hunter Weir 166th in a Series The 1920s was the age of flappers and speakeasies, of dance marathons and flagpole-sitting contests.   The national mood was upbeat and there seemed to be enough money to do whatever needed to be done.  While members of the recently formed [...]

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