Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Dickinson Brothers: J.C. & Sheperd

On August 18, 1862, after years of being cheated out of their annuity money, the Dakota people had had enough and a group of warriors raided the Lower Sioux Agency, a government outpost.  J. C. Dickinson and his wife ran … Continue reading

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Magnus Segerstrom

Magnus Segerstrom is one of 16 Spanish-American War veterans buried in Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery.  He enlisted on July 5, 1898.  He enlisted, not as a combatant, but as an engineer.  The greatest threat to American soldiers during the … Continue reading

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Carlton Keith Cressey

Carlton Keith Cressey was the infant son of Reverend Cressey, minister of the First Baptist Church of Minneapolis.  Carlton was ten months old when he died from tuberculosis in September 1853.  At the time of his death, the City of … Continue reading

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Emma Bogren

Last member of the Layman family still buried at Pioneers & Soldiers Between 1853 and 1919, over 27,000 people were buried in what was known at the time as Layman’s Cemetery.  By 1919 the cemetery was filled to capacity, and, … Continue reading

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A Second Iron Cross is Discovered at Pioneers & Soldiers

Grave markers in Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldier Memorial Cemetery have been turning up in the strangest places. Two years ago, Park Board staff found the top third of an iron cross inside of a tree that they had cut down. … Continue reading

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Potter’s Field

People often ask whether it’s still possible to be buried in Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery. The answer is that it’s possible but not likely. In order to be buried in the cemetery, you would already need to own a … Continue reading

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John Smith

Man with a Common Name and an Uncommon Life For a man with such a common name, John Smith lived a very uncommon life. He was an eyewitness to, and minor player in, two of the most controversial events in 19th … Continue reading

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