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The count of Union and Confederate Civil War Veterans remains challenging

The count of Union and Confederate Civil War Veterans remains challenging

Handwriting idiosyncrasies and paper folds led to misreading of application ordering a tombstone for James Parker as a Civil War Union Veteran when burial was of Jonas Parker who was not a Veteran. Part I: One Union Veteran Lost but Another Gained Two New Confederate Veterans By TIMOTHY McCALL, Guest Writer All right, so we didn’t actually [...]

Honoring Veterans and enjoying Buster Keaton at premiere venue

Honoring Veterans and enjoying Buster Keaton at premiere venue

BY SUE HUNTER WEIR The weather was a mixed bag for Memorial Day weekend.  Rain—more precisely the threat of thunderstorms—meant that we had to reschedule our screening of Buster Keaton’s silent film, The Cameraman, from May 28th until the following weekend. Earlier in the day, though, the weather cooperated and Scouts from Troop 1 helped [...]

City created Gerber Baths for substitute swimming Mississippi’s lures claim lives with drowning

City created Gerber Baths  for  substitute swimming Mississippi’s lures claim lives with drowning

Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery By Sue Hunter Weir There are 139 drowning victims buried in Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery.  A handful of them were intentional—people who committed suicide by drowning—but the majority of the drowning deaths were accidental.  Many of those victims were boys or young [...]

Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery Cedar Av. and Lake St. MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION # 148

Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery  Cedar Av. and Lake St.  MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION # 148

Memorial Day Observance Monday, May 30, 2016, at 10 a.m. Music by the Seward Community Concert Band beginning at 9:40. Brigadier General Ret’d Dennis Shulstad, City Councilmember, 16 years is our keynote speaker. Students from the Transition Charter School and Boy Scout Troops 82 and 1 will be participating. Everyone welcome. Hear [...]

Personal histories tied to industrial histories: “Wee Scotty,” James Stewart McLaren succumbed to pertussis

Personal histories tied to industrial histories: “Wee Scotty,” James Stewart McLaren succumbed to pertussis

This marker illustrates that James Stewart McLaren’s parents loved their first-born son and how much they loved the country where they had been born and which they left in order to build new lives in the United States. James’ marker is one of a kind here and under a large tree by several smaller markers that have carved lambs resting on top, [...]

Van and Emma Tyler: Wars’ indelible scar: Soldier’s Heart” or Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder

Van and Emma Tyler: Wars’ indelible scar: Soldier’s Heart” or Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder

Van Tyler served and survived in the Civil War, but succombed to the “enemy within,” Soldier’s Heart. By Sue Hunter Weir Emma Tyler thought that her husband was going to kill her. He’d said so, and she believed him. So on the morning of Saturday, October 14, 1893, she went to see Minneapolis’ Chief of Police to get help. She told the [...]

Whoops they did it again…

Whoops they did it again…

99.9% surety is that the person beneath the headstone pictured to the right, the Order for which is pictured above, is not the person named because he lived until 1914 and died in California.  Notice the 2nd column from the right where typing spells “U.S. Colored Regiment Infantry.”  Neither Milo Palmer nor Jesse Palmer was Colored.  But [...]

Buster Keaton’s “The Cameraman” with live soundtrack by “Dreamland Faces” share Memorial Day Highlights while fundraising and plans begin to replace over 60 Civil and Spanish-American War marble markers

Buster Keaton’s “The Cameraman” with live soundtrack by “Dreamland Faces” share Memorial Day Highlights while fundraising and plans begin to replace over 60 Civil and Spanish-American War marble markers

By Sue Hunter Weir While our friends on the East Coast are digging out after their second worst blizzard in recorded history, we’re thinking spring. That’s right. Even though it’s February in Minnesota, we are getting ready for the Cemetery’s reopening in April. In addition to our usual winter-time activities, such as planning a Memorial [...]

Descendant of Norwegian seafarers chose baking, centuries later in Norway and in Minneapolis

Descendant of Norwegian seafarers chose baking, centuries later in Norway and in Minneapolis

Grandson writes from scarce documents By John Ferman, Guest Author Inside the Main Lake Street Gates and just beyond the Civil War plots stands a columnar marble marker. Its legends are barely readable save for the name at the bottom: FERMAN. Here lies one of the early Minneapolis bakers: John Christian Ferman with his wife, Josephine, eldest [...]

Early deaths plague Montain family

Early deaths plague Montain family

Albert Montain and his friends were just fooling around. His friends dared him to climb to the top of the telegraph pole at the corner of 7th Street and Cedar Avenue on the West Bank. He made it, but as he turned to wave to his friends he made contact with the electrical wires and was electrocuted. It was September 26, 1911, and Albert was sixteen [...]

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