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“Hats Off” as Honors are Given

“Hats Off” as Honors are Given

May 19, 2011, marked the perfect ending to a perfect week for Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery—the kind of week that comes around once every 83 years. It was a week in which we celebrated the history of Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial (formerly Layman’s) Cemetery while making a little history of our own. May is [...]

Upcoming events at the Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery

Upcoming events at the Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery

Unveiling of Restored Grand Entrance Gate of Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery May 17th 3 PM The Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery’s restored front gate and first of other sections will be commemorated with an unveiling on Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at 3 p.m. Join Mpls. Council Member Gary Schiff, friends and family members of those buried in the [...]

Asa Clark Brown-Sawyer, Carpenter, and Veteran from the War of 1812 Seven children and three grandchildren served in Civil War Union Army

Asa Clark Brown-Sawyer, Carpenter, and Veteran from the War of 1812 Seven children and three grandchildren served in Civil War Union Army

By Sue Hunter Weir The War of 1812 is one of those subjects that most of us studied in high school but would be hard pressed to explain to anyone else. Part of the reason is that it was less of a war than a series of skirmishes that ranged from the Canadian border to the Gulf of Mexico. We might remember that the British burned the White House, [...]

Asa Clark Brown to be Honored by Daughters of the War of 1812 May 30th 2011 at 9 AM

By Sue Hunter Weir The Daughters of the War of 1812 will place a new marker for Asa Clark Brown, one of three confirmed War of 1812 veterans buried in Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery. The other two veterans, James N. Glover was honored in 2010 and Walter P. Carpenter, will be honored in 2012. John Carpenter, Walter’s [...]

Geneology Second only to Gardening

Geneology Second only to Gardening

by Susan Hunter Weir Genealogy is the second most popular hobby in America (gardening is first). Genealogy is like solving puzzles—finding that one clue that leads you to the maiden name of your great-great-grandmother or locating the name of the town where she was born. Millions of people spend their leisure time searching the internet, [...]

Squire Borden, Tender of first Bridge Across the Mississippi River

Squire Borden, Tender of first Bridge Across the Mississippi River

by Susan Hunter Weir Squire Borden was born on the Atlantic Ocean on August 25, 1823. Perhaps that explains his life-long attraction to water. For many years, he worked as the bridge-tender on the first two suspension bridges that spanned the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, and since everyone who crossed the bridge encountered him, his was [...]

Momentary absence.Flames prevail. Mother burned, and grieving

Momentary absence.Flames prevail. Mother burned, and grieving

By Sue Hunter Weir In the early years of the last century the Minneapolis Tribune’s coverage tended toward the sensational, especially when it came to covering tragedies involving children. But every now and then a reporter captured the sense of loss and grief, like in this excerpt from a story written by an unidentified Tribune reporter on [...]

Bartered Health Care Fails in court

Bartered Health Care Fails in court

by Sue Hunter Weir A word of warning—don’t write your last will and testament on wallpaper and expect it to stand up in court. That’s especially true if you don’t want your relatives to inherit your money. George Strebel may (or may not) have done just that, and it led to what the Minneapolis Tribune called “one of the most unusual [...]

Readers may decide “The Rest of the Story” of Ruff Neff may be hopeful

Readers may decide “The Rest of the Story” of Ruff Neff may be hopeful

by Sue Hunter Weir In 1909, when she was 15 years old, Ruth Neff was arrested for indecent conduct. After that, things went straight down hill. She was sent to a reform school for a few months but her mother managed to persuade the court to let Ruth out on parole. According to her mother, Ruth had always been a difficult child. Ruth’s parents [...]

157th Cemetery Season Ends as Picket Restoration Begins

157th Cemetery Season Ends as Picket  Restoration Begins

By Sue Hunter Weir Another cemetery season (the 157th) has drawn to a close:  the Cemetery officially closed for the year on Friday, October 15th.  You will still see plenty of signs of life during the next few months, though. On September 20th, restoration work began on the Cemetery’s fence and gates.  The thirteen sections of the [...]

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