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Cemeteries are scattered across the landscape


Fri, Jul 18th, 2003
Posted in Features

Sitting peacefully off a gravel road north of Highland is a small cemetery. If you have driven by it, you probably only gave it a passing glance. Most people do not know, however, that most of those buried in the 136 year old cemetery were of Quaker faith.

The Friends Church, as it was called, was located in Highland next to the general store. It was purchased by the Shattuck family in the late 1800s. The group was small, but faithfully attended meetings. Highland and Hesper, Iowa shared a minister, and had meetings one to two times per month. After the families started to move on to different areas the church was "laid down" (closed) in 1950, and those remaining members went to Hesper.

Even though the church has ceased to be, the cemetery stands as its most visual reminder. With some 40 graves, it is one of the larger unused cemeteries in the area. Its last burial was in the 1970s. Though some of the stones have fallen or broken, they have either been replaced or stacked up in some effort to preserve the past. The grass is mowed, an American flag flutters in the breeze and flowers bring cheer to some of the stones. The oldest people buried in the cemetery were born in the late 1790s, and early 1800s. Some lived to nearly 90 years old. While a few of the stonesí writings have been weathered away or are barely legible, the names and dates have been recorded and are held at the Fillmore County Historical Society.

The Quaker cemetery is one example of the many unused or abandoned cemeteries in Fillmore County. Scattered throughout most of the 24 townships, tombstones stretch out next to churches, bask in the morning sun of a rural area or lay hidden under tree cover. Some are lovingly taken care of while others fend for themselves. They all have interesting stories to tell.

Some of the known stories are tragic-others can be quite light hearted. Fatefully, an overwhelming number have faded quietly into the past. Records at the Fillmore County Historical Society and on the Fillmore County Minnesota Genealogical website provide bits of information, most likely all that exists, such as "site of nine burials", "one child buried", "three children buried", etc. There are directions to the cemeteries but whether they are still there and if one will be able to find them is a different matter.

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Fillmore County Planning Commission: Quarries dominate planning commission meeting

Fri, Jul 18th, 2003
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Commissioner Randy Dahl thinks that when quarry operators lie to a county commissioner, they should have their quarry permits revoked. Dahl told as much to Jeff Roverud of Peterson Brothers of Harmony at the Fillmore County Planning Commission meetin ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: City will re-open bidding process on generators

Fri, Jul 18th, 2003
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The Rushford City Council voted unanimously to re-open the bidding process for electrical generators at their Monday, July 14 meeting. The Council had previously awarded the bid to Zeigler Power Systems for three 2200 kW Caterpillar generators with m ..... 
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Harmony Wastewater project coming closer to target

Fri, Jul 18th, 2003
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The following is a summary of the July 15th council meeting.  Charles Janski, Bonestroo, Rosene, Anderlik & Associates, met with the council and gave an update on the project. Following a telescopic inspection of more than 7, ..... 
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Davids: ďWe did some good things for rural MinnesotaĒ

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
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Journal Editor John Torgrimson sat down with Representative Greg Davids of Preston this week to look back at the recently concluded 2003 Minnesota legislative session. Here is a summary of Torgrimsonís interview with Representative Davids:
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Sanchez in court on ATV charges

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
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Juan Carlo Sanchez appeared in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, July 7 for a Rule 8 hearing. Sanchez is being held in the Fillmore County Jail and is charged with 27 counts related to the theft of ATVís and other motor vehicles. This include ..... 
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County Board accepts reviews on GIS and Coordinator positions

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
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In 2000, the board enlisted the services of Bjorklund Compensation Consulting of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, a firm that reviews county job descriptions, their ongoing changes, and current duties. The firm makes recommendations on classifications that e ..... 
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Four area churches merge into United Lutheran Church

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
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We are four rural congregations joining together through the power of the Holy Spirit and prayer to share Godís loving ministry. We will teach and invite others while encouraging and equipping Godís children to grow in Christian faith.

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Lanesboro City Council Report: Alley vacated, cooperative development moves ahead

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
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The public hearing on the vacation of the platted alley behind the old school building was first on the agenda of the Lanesboro City Council meeting on July 7.

Eric Ruen, president of the Bethlehem Church Council, presented the ..... 
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