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Old Hafslo Cemetery

Kertsonville Township, Sec. 30, Polk County, MN

 

In 1887 the Hafslo congregation was organized with 45 members.  The first officers were H.J. Hoff, John Urness and Christ Baarnaas.  The church was built in 1888 and named from Hafslo, Norway as some members were from there.  The church was built on the S. Sylvesterson farm 1- miles east of the Marin Station (Harold Station) and this cemetery is at that location.  In 1907 the church was moved two miles south to Russia Township and a new cemetery established on land donated by E.B. Durdahl.  To accommodate the growing congregation an addition was added in 1924 and a basement in 1936.  Hafslo merged with Beltrami, Trinity and Scandia to form the Beltrami Parish in 1955.  The church was closed in January of 1978, with families transferring to Crookston, Fertile and some to Varnes Lutheran near Fertile, MN.  This small cemetery is very well taken care of.

 Thankyou to Ann for the pictures obtained  August 2003

 

Both on one stone

Clausen, Louis  Oct 25, 1887 Oct 27, 1887

Clausen, Hans Lewis  Apr 1894 Jul 1, 1894

 

Both on one stone

Jensrud, Regina O.  Aug 29, 1886 Jun 24, 1889

Jensrud, Tilda S.  May 10, 1884 Jun 27, 1889  5y 1m 17 d

 

Both on one stone

Simpson, Anna  May 13, 1886 Jan 15, 1888

Simpson, Lina M.  Apr 1, 1860 Feb 3, 1887

 

Baarnaas, Christopher T.  Oct 2, 1828 Sep 24, 1899

 

Six white crosses unknown names

 

From old church records the following deaths were found.  It is possible that these people were buried here, as it was the only cemetery for Hafslo at that time.  The old records are very hard to read, this is only a guess at trying to interpret them:

 

1898

Anton Kvarborg Died 14 Feb 1898, age 18 days, born Polk County, died Polk County

 

Peter August Hanson Died 11 May 1898, age 14 years, born Filmore County, died Polk County

 

1899

Christen Sylvesterson Died 11 Apr 1899, born Norway, died Polk County

 

Johan Henrik Tyskerud Died 16 May 1899, age 20 years, born Norway

 

Clara Jacobine or Jacobson Died 6 Aug 1899, age 1 year, born and died Polk County

 

(C. T. Baarnaas mentioned above)

 

1903

Mevis or Mevin Anderson Died 13 Apr 1903, born and died Polk County

 

1904

Borgine Wilhelmine Thornson Died 2 May 1904, age 84 years 4 months 2 days, born Norway, died Polk County

 

1905

Ingeborg Knutsen Died 11 or 20 Apr 1905, age 75 years, born Norway died Polk County

 

Hazal Sole Died 7 Apr 1905, age 9 months, born and died Polk County

 

In 1906 burials were in the new cemetery it appears.

 

 

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