December 16, 2012


Filed under: Cemeteries, Conservation/CRM, Historic — acagle @ 3:28 pm

Minnesota’s state archaeologist investigates missing cemetery

Minnesota’s state archaeologist is investigating the disappearance of a pioneer cemetery near Herman.

Scott Anfinson says he used Department of Natural Resources aerial photos and satellite mapping to confirm that the Boerner family cemetery was gone.

So it looks like some persons unknown had removed trees and many/all(?) of the headstones for reasons unknown. No word on how recently this may have happened though. This is a fairly significant problem these days as various construction activities on formerly private land will be affecting either known or unknown family and other private cemeteries. Frankly, it’s an area I’d like to get more into.

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  1. Hello, thank you for posting this, the cemetery you speak of is the resting place for my 2nd Great Grandparents, along with many of their Grandchildren. We believe all of the monuments have been recovered, though some are badly damaged. We hope to restore the cemetery this year. Our task now is to figure out how to re-locate the graves, since we are now dealing with bare ground, no marks or boundaries.

    Comment by Scott Boerner — May 21, 2013 @ 2:45 pm

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