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Ornate tree trunk tombstone: Recalls All Saints Day death and symbolism

Ornate tree trunk tombstone: Recalls All Saints Day death  and symbolism

A six-foot tree of sandstone with ferns and ivy has concentric rings etched at sawn-off branches. There is a cross near the top and a scroll carved with the birth and death dates. By Sue Hunter Weir Nels H. Nelson Russell died on November 2, 1898.  His marker, a six-foot tall tree carved from sandstone, is one of the most distinctive in the [...]

Case remains cold 104 years

Case remains cold 104 years

More than 300 people came and helped close out our fourth season in the cemetery with the “Horrors of Dracula.” Other than the mosquitoes, it was a perfect night--beautiful weather and a big, bright Harvest Moon. Look for our season opener next Memorial Day weekend. Thanks to all of you who have supported the cemetery in so many ways.By Tim [...]

Julius Edward Johnson: His $140.00 Pocket Change remains a mystery

Julius Edward Johnson: His $140.00 Pocket Change remains a mystery

The $140 in the pocket of Julius Edward Johnson was more than enough to cover the cost of his burial.  Graves sold for fewer than $10 and a plain box would not have cost even that much. His money bought him a place in the cemetery that is about as far from the Potters Field as it is possible to get.  He is buried in Lot 3, Block 3, in the 12th [...]

The count of Union and Confederate Civil War Veterans remains challenging Part II: Two, New Confederate Veterans

The count of Union and Confederate Civil War Veterans remains challenging Part II: Two, New Confederate Veterans

General Index Cards of Isaac Breathed and Derusha Daffi During the American Civil War 1861-1864, every few weeks to every few months depending on the unit, usually at the company level, soldiers’ names were recorded on muster rolls. Beginning in the 1880s General Ainsworth’s staff in the Department of the Army indexed these records originally [...]

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 [...]

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