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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 [...]

Stone wears slowly. Adapting regulations shouldn’t be as slow!

Stone wears slowly. Adapting  regulations shouldn’t be as slow!

This photo of John Carpenter was likely taken some time in the 1860s so he has that characteristic stare that comes of having to keep your eyes open forever for long exposures. “The fall of dropping water wears away the Stone.” – Lucretius c. 99 BC – c. 55 BC)* By Sue Hunter Weir 120th in a Series Finally. Veterans Affairs has [...]

Violent Deaths: Century-wide Comparison

Violent Deaths: Century-wide Comparison

Minneapolis City Hall and Hennepin County Courthouse (also known as the “Municipal Building”), designed by Long and Kees in 1888, is the main building used by the city government of Minneapolis, Minnesota as well as by Hennepin County, Minnesota. The structure has served many different purposes since it was built, although today the building [...]

“Yellow Journalism” adds insult to injury of family

“Yellow Journalism” adds insult to  injury of family

Nasty little printer’s devils spew forth from the Hoe press in this Puck cartoon of November 21, 1888.Yellow journalism, or the yellow press, is a type of journalism that presents little or no legitimate well-researched news and instead uses eye-catching headlines to sell more newspapers. Techniques may include exaggerations of news events, [...]

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