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Thanks to Vaccines, the Golden Age for Children’s Health is Now

Thanks to Vaccines, the Golden Age for Children’s Health is Now

Tales from Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery 188th in a series By SUE HUNTER WEIR A grandmother tends the graves of two of her grandchildren. Two year-old Freda Aubele died on December 2, 1915. Her six-year-old sister, Annie, died the following day. Their wooden cross is gone but family members placed a new marker on their grave in [...]

Cemeteries: The Modern Day Urban Park

Cemeteries: The Modern Day Urban Park

TALES FROM PIONEERS AND SOLDIERS MEMORIAL CEMETERY 187th IN A SERIES By OLGA ACUNA Photo by Megan Voorhees What began as a class project addressing environmental injustice in the East Phillips neighborhood steadily flourished into an Arbor Day celebration at the notable Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery on the intersection of [...]

The Forgotten Residents of Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery

The Forgotten Residents of Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery

Tales from Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery  By SUE HUNTER WEIR 1st in a Series(reprint)  Editor’s Note: Tales from the Cemetery is on hiatus this month, so this month is a reprint of the very first Tale. Reprinted from the alley July/August 2003; from alley Archives 186 Tales of Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial [...]

Tales from Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetary

Tales from Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetary

By Sue Hunter Weir 186th in a Series Annie Erwin: She Loved Not Wisely Annie Erwin is one of the more intriguing stories in the cemetery although it’s hard to judge how much of it is true. The source of much of the information about her was an unnamed man who claimed to have been told about Annie by her former lover.  This unnamed [...]

Betsy Putnam (1777-1860): I Am Not Afraid to Go Into the Woods

Betsy Putnam (1777-1860): I Am Not Afraid to Go Into the Woods

Tales from Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery By SUE HUNTER WEIR185th in a Series Joshua Putnam is buried in Holton, Maine. His wife, twosons, two grandsons and two great-grandchildren are buriedin Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery. Betsyand Sterne Putnam’s graves were marked at one time butthe tablets have disappeared and [...]

Early African American Barbers in Minneapolis

Early African American Barbers in Minneapolis

 William Goodridge (photo credit John Vincent Jezierski)  Tales of Pioneer and Soldiers Cemetery By SUE HUNTER WEIR 184th in a series Barbershops have long played a key role in African- American communities. In addition to providing gathering places, they have often provided a path to economic independence for African- [...]

A Good Time to Be Born

A Good Time to Be Born

Tales from Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery  By SUE HUNTER WEIR  182th in a Series John Wesley and Elinor Lockwood lost three children between 1881 and 1889. Five-year-old Lottie died from typhoid in 1881. Eight-month old Harry died from cholera infantum in 1885, and seven-month-old Lawrence died from pneumonia in 1889. Each [...]

What’s Old is New Again Quarantine and Vaccination

What’s Old is New Again Quarantine and Vaccination

By SUE HUNTER WEIR  In January 1900, health authorities were at odds over whether a young girl was suffering from chickenpox or smallpox. Four doctors determined that she had smallpox which would have required her to be quarantined, but Dr. Norton, Health Commissioner, insisted that she had chickenpox and accused Dr. Henry Bracken, Secretary [...]

A Book of Sorrows

A Book of Sorrows

Tales from Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery  By SUE HUNTER WEIR  180th in a Series A Book of Sorrows  The title seems fitting for a book of poetry or maybe a novel, but its purpose was as far from those uses as possible. It was a ledger measuring 18” by 12” with a black cloth binding, trimmed with red Moroccan [...]

Tales From Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery

179th in a Series By SUE HUNTER WEIR Emeline Baker Balch 1830-1867 The Cemetery is listed in the National Register of Historic Places in part because of its ties to the anti-slavery movement.  Its original owners, Martin and Elizabeth Layman, were members of the First Baptist Church of Minneapolis which was closely associated with [...]

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