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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 [...]

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 [...]

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