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.