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This cemetery was cleaned up and inventoried as an
Eagle Scout service project led by Geoffrey E. Dahling of Troop 94 in
Lake City, MN in September and October of 2001. Thirty different
people contributed a total of 179.75 hours in various assignments.
Trees were trimmed, brush and weeds were removed, the ground was
raked and then probed for buried markers, markers were uprighted and
staked into the ground and cleaned, the history of the cemetery was
researched, and a new cemetery inventory was created.
The old cemetery inventory at the Lake City
Public Library showed 22 burials. Research continues, and 32 burials
have now been noted with 3 bases that do not have any remaining
information. Some mistakes in the original inventory with dates or
other information have been corrected. Sometimes there would be only
an age at death and a partial surname gathered from gravestone
fragments. County vital records and federal and state census records
were then consulted to fill in the missing information. It seems
logical that there are still many more burials that are not yet
accounted for. There was considerable damage from vandalism "by some
kids from Lake City" who will remain nameless. Several other markers
were found to be partially or completely buried in the ground and
entangled in tree roots. One perfectly preserved marker was found at
least two feet underground. It had apparently been there for decades,
which explains why it was one of the few not damaged.
Looking east before...
...and after cleanup
release for Geoffrey's Eagle Scout Court of Honor
Some notes from descendants:
& Rachel Farnham
Copyright © 2001-2003 Geoffrey E.
Dahling. All rights reserved.
Last Revision: 6 Sep 2003. This website is best
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