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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 [...]

Month of May: a mix of old and new events

Month of May: a mix of old and new events

Tales from Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery By Sue Hunter Weir 165th in a Series It seemed like spring would never come, but here we are at last.  And that means that there will be a lot of wonderful events happening in the cemetery. One of the most important is the 151st Memorial Day observance on Monday, May 27 at 10 a.m.  [...]

Obituaries from the 1860s: Gone to glory before us

Obituaries from the 1860s: Gone to glory before us

Lorenzo Prescott’s marker was replaced last year. Obituaries can be a source of valuable information for people wanting to know about family members or other people they’re interested in, but not all obituaries provide the same information or even close to it.   The style and substance of obituaries has changed over time.  During the [...]

Social history set in stone

Social history set in stone

Tales fromPioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery By Sue Hunter Weir 164th in a Series Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery In June 2002, Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. For 10 years or so it was the only cemetery in Minnesota designated as an individual [...]

She waited 50 years – and the city kept its promise

She waited 50 years – and  the city kept its promise

Tales from Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery By Sue Hunter Weir 163rd in a Series People often ask whether it is still possible to be buried in the cemetery. The answer is – maybe.  It is possible, but not likely. On May 23, 1919, the Minneapolis City Council passed an ordinance that closed Layman’s (now Pioneers and [...]

That was an interesting workday

That was an interesting workday

Tales from Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery By Sue Hunter Weir In the 1890s Congress passed legislation allowing a number of organizations to apply for military surplus equipment. This “decorative” cannon and mortar were placed in the cemetery in the1920s and removed during World War II – they were most likely used for [...]

Plaque’s theft is a historically large loss and a petty thief’s gain

Plaque’s theft is a historically large loss and a petty thief’s gain

TIMOTHY McCALLSoldier and Pioneers Memorial Cemetery since 1858 had new fence and pillars erected in 1928-29 and plaques soon after as a gift from the Minneapolis Cemetery Protective Association’s (MCPA) Auxiliary. Someone stole a piece of the City’s history. It happened on Aug. 30 or 31st, most likely during the night. One of the two [...]

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