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Squire Borden Lot 5 Block N—[marker]

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 … Continue reading

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Anne Lynde (Lot 31 Block N) [marker]

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 … Continue reading

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Annie Holl (lot 17, Block O) [marker]

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 … Continue reading

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James Tignall Womack (Lot 31, Block O)—marker

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.  … Continue reading

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Jennie Hagelin (Lot 32 Block O) [family marker, though Jennie’s name isn’t on it]

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 … Continue reading

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Oscar Sandell (Lot 7 Block P) (marker–member of Bond and Meigs families)

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 … Continue reading

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August Nil Lot 54 Block P

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 … Continue reading

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