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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 [...]

Louis Borck, aspired for 100 years, contentment, no worries

Louis Borck, aspired for 100 years, contentment, no worries

Tales from Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery BY SUE HUNTER WEIR 160th in a Series Louis Borck wanted only two things in life—he wanted to be left alone and he wanted to live to be 100 years old. The first, he believed, would help him reach the second. It didn’t quite work out that way. On February 27, 1912, Borck found himself in [...]

The Hands of Orlac – Cinema in the Cemetery

The Hands of Orlac – Cinema in the Cemetery

News as first DRAFT – Clairvoyant Day lived and left mysteries

"News is only the first rough draft of history." The originator of this phrase and others very similar is difficult to name with assured accuracy. Admittedly, it is flattering of journalists and perhaps disputed by most historians who desire to base their work on primary sources not the findings, presentation, and analyses of journalists that [...]

The Reluctant Graveyard – Movies, Bands, and Graves

Star Tribune writer, Rachel Hutton, captured the essence of the Friends of the Cemetery mission as communicated by Sue Hunter Weir, embellished by photographer Timothy McCall, and other friends of Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery in a featured story in the newspaper's July 24th Variety Section, front and back page. Enjoyment of cemetery [...]

Restoration by movie and tour funds – Markers keep memories aboveground

Restoration by movie and tour funds – Markers keep memories aboveground

TODD MAHON, MINNESOTA HISTORICAL SOCIETY Tales from Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery By SUE HUNTER WEIR 158th in a Series Have you ever wondered what happens to the money that we raise by showing movies and giving tours in the Cemetery? Now that the money needed to restore the fence is secured, we’ve moved on to see what can be done [...]

Martin L. Nicks, in MN via TB, died, was 1st burial GAR Lot Civil War often set family vs. family, brother vs. brother

Martin L. Nicks, in MN via TB, died, was 1st burial GAR Lot  Civil War often set family vs. family, brother vs. brother

TIMOTHY MCCALLThe tombstone of Martin Luther Nicks is a comparison as it usually looks (left) and how it looks when the sun light hits it at the correct angle (right). Tales from Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery By TIMOTHY McCALL 157th in a Series Martin Luther Nicks has been something of an enigma, an unknown. Even his marker, which [...]

Memorial Day Service 2018

Memorial Day Service 2018

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