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Great niece and husband honor relatives, who died in childhood, with words, flowers, and stone markers

Great niece and husband honor relatives, who died in childhood, with words, flowers, and stone markers

Until 2015 graves were unmarked for 140 years along with 2,280 others in “Potter’s Field” October 15th was one of those perfect days in the Cemetery. The weather was glorious and the trees were at their most colorful. It was perfect in another way, as well. Linda Leraas Ray and her husband, Steve Ray, had markers placed on the graves of two [...]

“…when every leaf is a flower.”

“…when every leaf is a flower.”

Johannes Kulstad.  Mr. Kulstad was born in Norway in 1820 and died in Minneapolis on July 11, 1908.  He lived at 3435 Cedar Avenue.  Photo courtesy of his family.This intriguing photograph capturing the very essence of most Norwegian stereotypes is of Johannes Kulstad who was born in Norway in 1820.  He came to the U.S. in 1883 to live with [...]

“The Tribune and I Swat the Fly”

“The Tribune and I Swat the Fly”

• Dr. Holl was born in New Ulm on August 19, 1862--on the very day that the Dakota Conflict came to New Ulm. His mother must have been in labor during the battle.• Newspapers always spelled his name Hall that people would know how to pronounce it and it made him sound a little more American.• Dr. Holl was voted out of his post by the city [...]

Location, Location tells many “Tales”

Location, Location tells many “Tales”

Amos Pierce is the only person of those in the 35 graves in Block 3 Row 1 to have a headstone. His marker serves as a touchstone for finding everyone else in Row 1. The three-link chain on his marker tells us that he was a member of IOOF the International Order of Odd Fellows lodge—the links stand for their motto friendship, love and truth. But [...]

Albert Emmanuel Nelson: Quarter Century Steward of the Sacred-Grounds, Stones, and Stories

Albert Emmanuel Nelson: Quarter Century Steward of the Sacred-Grounds, Stones, and Stories

Albert E. Nelson, caretaker of Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery, from 1928 until 1953, standing at the graves of Philander and Mary Prescott. Members of the Hennepin History Society had the Prescotts’ marker enclosed in stones from the first Central High School in 1926. Hennepin County History Museum Special Collections By Sue Hunter [...]

“Death of Another Old Citizen,” James Jones, 58

“Death of Another Old Citizen,”  James Jones, 58

By Sue Hunter Weir James Jones James Jones was an American success story.  An Irish immigrant, he worked as a common laborer for many years.  After he moved to Minneapolis, he started a boarding house which, through his hard work and effort, grew into the Minneapolis House, one of the city’s most respectable hotels.  His hotel was located [...]

See $1,000. House on 15th Ave. – Phineas Phelps built houses after Civil War service

See $1,000. House on 15th Ave. – Phineas Phelps built houses after Civil War service

Beginning  June 5, 1886, Phineas Phelps  built a $400. wooden barn at 2800 15th Ave. So. Mpls. and this $1,000. house. The vinyl siding and windows along with the metal door and satellite dish are probably more recent changes. By Sue Hunter Weir One hundred and fifty years ago, on April 9, 1865, Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant [...]

Cinema in the Cemetery

Cinema in the Cemetery

Returns with Buster Keaton’s, “The Navigator”, Memorial Day Weekend to Benefit the Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery Fence Restoration Project Film score to be played live by local music group Dreamland Faces WHAT: On Saturday, May 23, at approximately 8:30 p.m., the Friends of the Cemetery in partnership with The Trylon Microcinema will [...]

Richard Herberg November 18, 1915 – April 1916

Richard Herberg November 18, 1915 – April 1916

Richard Herberg was the four-month-old son of Frederick Axel and Caroline Herberg and the twin of brother Russell. Their family lived at 3209 24th Avenue. Richard is buried in Lot 24, Block N. By Sue Hunter Weir Era causes of death reflect medical knowledge Richard Herberg’s death certificate lists his cause of death as “dentition.”  By [...]

Civil War Veteran Henry and Elizabeth Hagadorn

Civil War Veteran Henry and Elizabeth Hagadorn

The “Companion” marker for Herbert J.,6, and Liddie Hagadorn,10 who died in October 1870 and are buried at Pioneer and Soldiers Cemetery. In the 1800’s “Companion” markers were often used for children who died within a short time. They were two of ten children of Henry and Elizabeth Hagadorn who later moved to Brainerd. Two of ten [...]

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