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“Who will remember that we were here after we are gone?” Keepsakes and records entrusted between Bible’s pages

“Who will remember that we were here after we are gone?” Keepsakes and records entrusted between Bible’s pages

 Joe Schumann found an old Bible including a note that said “Will you keep the number of Hilmars grave in case we should loose tract of it. Eugene lost the one we had befor. I gave him one to so in case he loose it I’ve got one and so have you and as they may grade that part where he lays so if they take that marker I put there sometime ago [...]

“The rest of the stories”…from October “Tales”: Edith Eaton and “Dracula”

By Sue Hunter Weir Last month’s story was about a mystery marker that city staff found in one of the city landfills. They brought it to the cemetery thinking that’s where it belongs. It turns out that it did not belong to anyone who is (or was) buried in Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery. The name on the stone was Mrs. F. Eaton. An unnamed [...]

War and Peace shape state, national and family history: Minnesota, U.S. and Seymour Fillmore

War and Peace shape state, national and family history: Minnesota, U.S. and Seymour Fillmore

  Above: Gravestone of Seymour Fillmore “Died in Service” and buried in Memphis. Right: Monument honoring 189 members of the 9th Minnesota Voluntary Infantry who died in or from Civil War injuries  and were buried in Tennessee. By Sue Hunter Weir Seymour Fillmore has a marker in Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial [...]

Remarkable progress update: 74% fencing is restored, obelisk gravestone found, gravesite a mystery & marker upgrade continues

Remarkable progress update: 74% fencing is restored, obelisk gravestone found, gravesite a mystery & marker upgrade  continues

This 3-foot obelisk gravestone found at a dump was for Mrs. Fred Eaton & her baby, dates and gravesite are a mystery. By Sue Hunter Weir They’re back. The 42 sections of steel picket fencing that border the Lake Street side of the cemetery have been straightened, sandblasted, galvanized, repainted and reset. The remaining fifteen [...]

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 [...]

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