Perhaps Squire Borden had a life-long affinity to water because he was born on the Atlantic Ocean. He spent his adult life collecting tolls on the Suspension Bridge over the Mississippi River. He named one of his sons Admiral Farragut Borden after the United States Navy’s first admiral. Admiral Farragut (the sailor, not the child) served during the Civil War.
In 1919 the Minneapolis City Council passed an ordinance that closed the cemetery to future burials. In 1934, Anna Lynde, the widow of Civil War Veteran Elihu Spencer Lynde, died from myocarditis; she was 88 years old. Her husband had died in 1884, fifty years earlier. She had always planned to be buried next to her husband. When her wishes became known the City Council amended the ordinance to allow those who already owned deeds to be buried next to their loved ones.
In 1925, the Minneapolis Journal published an editorial titled, “Let Them Rest Undisturbed.” It marked the beginning of an effort to halt the disinterment of people from Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery. Dr. Peter Holl and his wife, Annie, were among the founding members of the Minneapolis Cemetery Protective Association (MCPA). They worked tirelessly to preserve the cemetery. Annie died in 1930 and is buried in Hillside Cemetery. Members of the MCPA erected this monument to honor her commitment to preserving our cemetery.
James Tignall Womack was born in Kentucky in 1831. Kentucky was a state with divided loyalties during the Civil War, and although Kentucky was officially a Union state, many of its citizens fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War. James Womack served on the Union side and after being discharged for disability moved to Minnesota. Two of his cousins, who were brothers, fought on opposite sides during the war. One of those cousins, (the Union soldier) was the grandfather of Roy Rogers, the Singing Cowboy, which made him James Womack’s first cousin twice removed. Whichever side their relatives fought on, modern-day descendants are proud to claim Roy Rogers as one of their forebears.
Jennie Hagelin, her two sisters and Jennie’s friend, Bessie Christianson, were swimming in the Gerber Baths when Bessie was caught in an undertow. Jennie made a valiant effort to save her friend but both she and Bessie drowned. Jennie’s two sisters were saved. At the time of her death, Jennie was 21 years old and worked as a clerk in the Powers Department store. Her name does not appear on this family marker.
The City of Minneapolis closed the cemetery to future burials in 1919. Mr. Sandell burial in the cemetery was allowed because he had other family members already buried here. In addition to being the only World War I veteran buried in the cemetery, he is likely the only veteran here who flew or rode in an airplane. He served in the 680th Aero Squadron during World War I. He died in 1958, aged 69 years old.
August Nil was born in Sweden on May 2, 1834. Census records indicate that he arrived in the United States in 1856 or 1857. He enlisted in Company H, 4th Minnesota Volunteer infantry and was discharged . He married Christina Lund on June 11, 1865. Depending upon which family tree you look at, they had either ten or twelve children. Mr. Nil died from heart disease in Battle Mountain Sanitarium in Hot Springs, South Dakota on May 5, 1914; he was 77 years old.