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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 [...]

Tales from Pioneer and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery

Tales from Pioneer and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery

178th  in a Series By SUE HUNTER WEIR Lafayette Mason—One Mpls.’ First Black Firefighters  Musician, Artist, and Southside High Football Captain Other than some graffiti on about a dozen fence pillars, the Cemetery was untouched during the protests on Lake Street.  The graffiti was gone within a few days [...]

Tales from Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery: Plenty Work to be done-Revive WPA

Tales from Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery: Plenty Work to be done-Revive WPA

By SUE HUNTER WEIR 177th in a Series If you look closely at the east or west side of the Caretaker’s Cottage, most of which was built in 1871, you will see a subtle difference between the back room and the two front rooms. That difference is how you can tell that the backroom is a fairly recent (only 80 years old rather than 149 years [...]

Tales from Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery

Tales from Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery

Covid-19 Postpones 162nd Memorial Day at the Cemetery By SUE HUNTER WEIR, 176th in a Series “Remember when…?” Remembering Memorial Days Passed We held off making this decision as long as we could hoping that we would not have to end a 162-year tradition, but we have no choice—this year’s Memorial Day program will not take place [...]

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 [...]

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