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Pioneer and Soldiers Cemetery 146th Memorial Day Ceremony May 26 at 10 AM

Pioneer and Soldiers Cemetery 146th Memorial Day Ceremony  May 26 at 10 AM

This year’s Memorial Day observance, the 146th at Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery, will take place on Monday, May 26th at 10 a.m. Please join us in remembering John Robischon and almost 200 other veterans along with a Color Guard, Band, Speakers, and Military Volley with Taps. At 1:00 in the afternoon there will be a history talk (seated) [...]

Carved stone lambs mark a few of the scores of children’s graves

Carved stone lambs mark a few of the scores of  children’s graves

Lambs are often on the gravestones of children depicting youthfulness and innocence. Religious meaning for some is in relation to Biblical verses about the Lamb of God and the Shepherd guding his flock of young lambs and older sheep. Many lambs of Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery have weathered or disappeared as have approximately 700 other [...]

Inquest, tatoo, trunk and British Archives are only clues to Wm. Rattery

Inquest, tatoo, trunk and British Archives are only clues to Wm. Rattery

Sometimes as much can be learned from “reading between the lines” as reading the lines. Sue Hunter Weir explains that this can also be true at a cemetery where between the markers lie fascinating Tales.”Where there are gaps, there are stories.” One of the tricky parts about writing these columns is trying to find a picture or graphic to [...]

TB Spawned innovative forerunner to University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview- Riverside

TB Spawned innovative forerunner to University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview- Riverside

Dorothy, Lillian, and Hillmar Evanson c1911-13, based on Lillian’s estimated age. Hillmar died from TB in 1913 at age 29 and Dorothy in 1915 at age 26. They and 99 others were hospitalized at Thomas Hospital and buried at Layman’s Cemetery .Hilmar and Dorothy were only two of 101 people buried in the cemetery who died at Thomas Hospital [...]

“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. [...]

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