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First burial 160 years ago

First burial 160 years ago

There is one Depression-era photograph of the cemetery in the Library of Congress collection. It was taken in 1939 by John Vachon, a 25-year-old St. Paul, MN native. Vachon was hired by the Farm Security Administration to document living conditions, especially of the poor, during the Depression. The view is of the southwestern section of the [...]

Ashes to Ashes* and Dust to Dust

Ashes to Ashes* and Dust to Dust

By Sue Hunter Weir Cremations Today and Years Ago at Pioneers and Soldiers Last year over 40% of all burials in the United States involved cremation. That’s a number that has been steadily increasing over the years, and, that, given the high cost of funerals, is not likely to decline any time soon. That wasn’t always the case, however. [...]

On a Cool 145th Memorial Day Thoughts and Emotions Gathered and “Warmed” by Music, a Call to Youth, and Challenge for Peace “without a Shot-Fired

On a Cool 145th Memorial Day Thoughts and Emotions Gathered and “Warmed” by Music, a Call to Youth, and Challenge for Peace “without a Shot-Fired

By Sue Hunter Weir It was hard to tell whether summer has passed us by or is just late in coming. Memorial Day was a gray, somewhat chilly day this year. The crowd wasn’t as big as it has been on sunnier, warmer days but that didn’t dampen their enthusiasm. People have turned out at Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery for 145 years to [...]

MEMORIAL DAY at PIONEERS AND SOLDIERS CEMETERY Monday, MAY 27 10 AM

145th Memorial Day Observance Join us for the 145th Memorial Day Observance at Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery. There will be speakers, an honor guard firing team, student leaders from the Transition Charter School and the wonderful Seward Community Concert Band. The traditional observance begins at 10 a.m. “Talk” and [...]

Ada Mollan, a Pioneer of Mental Health Aid

Ada Mollan, a Pioneer of Mental Health Aid

The Mollan family ran a private hospital on land now part of Matthews Park in the Seward Neighborhood. Ada Mollan, the oldest daughter, matron or proprietress, died on April 15, 1959 at the age of 79. Since the cemetery had been officially closed to future burials in the 1920s, the City Council needed to approve her burial in the family plot. Ada [...]

100th Tale: From Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery

100th Tale: From Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery

Thank You Sue Hunter Weir Alley Communications, on behalf of hundreds of families and thousands of individuals express our tremendous appreciation to Sue Hunter Weir, local resident historian and writer of 100 “Tales from Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery.” The lives of many people have been enriched by her extensive research, honoring of [...]

“The longer you lived, the longer you were likely to live.”

“The longer you lived, the longer you were likely to live.”

The slightest and subltest “tilt” of the tombstone after many decades of freeze/thaw cycles is one of the hundreds of such examples of Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery “patina.” Of the ages.Abraham Fletcher died on August 25, 1854 at the age of 87. Margaret, who was born in 1772 died in 1861 at the age of 89 years and five days.Margaret and [...]

“Sample” Evidence of Health Naiveté

“Sample” Evidence of Health Naiveté

By Sue Hunter Weir Side by Side Marble Markers They are two of the oldest markers in the cemetery—identical marble markers, side by side, right next to the cemetery’s only road. They mark the graves of Henry B. Sample and his sister, Lottie Sample. Rev. Robert Sample’s Lincoln inspired “The Curtained Throne” Homily Their [...]

Hannah Burbank Stanchfield Blaisdell: A $65.00 “Touchstone” to The Revolution

Hannah Burbank Stanchfield Blaisdell: A $65.00 “Touchstone” to The Revolution

Alice Stanchfield Bowman worried about what was going to happen to her mother’s gravesite and headstone in Layman’s Cemetery. by Sue Hunter Weir In 1925 Alice Stanchfield Bowman worried about what was going to happen to her mother’s gravesite and headstone in Layman’s Cemetery.  Alice was 79 years old and almost blind but she could [...]

Hundreds of Scouts and Friends are Cemetery’s Caretakers throughout the year

Hundreds of Scouts and Friends are Cemetery’s Caretakers throughout the year

190 Girl Scouts along with Friends of the Cemetery continuing their caretaking helped prepare this sacred place for winter during the 159th Fall season since the Cemetery's first burial. Photos by Tim McCall By Sue Hunter Weir Another season at Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery has ended—its 159th to be exact. With the [...]

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