Cemeteries of Steele County, Minnesota
Houghtelin of Owatonna,
Minnesota - 1992
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Cemeteries of Steele County, Minnesota
record of Steele County Minnesota
cemetery's was made in an effort to maintain the valuable vital
genealogical information that is only recorded on the markers as they
the individual cemeteries It is very likely that some of the older
markers have sunk and vanished from the possibility of any record being
Most of the cemeteries have cemetery
boards and have burial records that will be more exacting and more
This is not an attempt to duplicate those records, but to make an easy
that is available to those persons interested in genealogy and family
in Steele County Minnesota.
I made a special effort to record the
information from the older stone markers that possibly are the only
those persons. I did not attempt to check burial records with actual
burial records as this would involve even a much larger project than
I spent some time in the
Recorders office where several of the cemeteries are recorded from
surveys and plat maps. I added the names of burials mentioned in these
in this report when I could.
At this time I have recorded
most of the
rural cemeteries, except the cemeteries located in church yards except
Litomysl. This cemetery was vital to the earliest settlement records of
Bohemian/Czech emigrants to this county and is included with this report.
Other church yard
cemeteries are also
vital as they are associated with the early emigrants of the German's,
Norwegians, and the Danish people that settled in Steele County after
Some of the church yard cemeteries are mostly burials of the second
and the markers are in most cases not in immediate danger of being lost
the information written on them. The older stone markers that were made
white marble and lime stones that are washing or deteriorating and the
information will then be lost forever.
Again some of this
information is stored
with the individual cemeteries and possibly the Steele County
Society has at least a partial record and the Tuttles living in Medford
very complete record that they have made of the county cemeteries on
This record will be helpful
that are tracing families in Steele County Minnesota. I have not
record the larger cemeteries in the county except the oldest stone
Forest Hill in sections 1 and 2 that are very old stones and also in
Heart in the front part again mostly the older stones.
St Johns Cemetery located
next to Forest
Hill is also newer and has mostly second generation Germans settlers
possibly some original emigrant settlers are buried there also. I am
the records of this cemetery are well documented. It would be nice to
these records in a single volume but even getting the records together
these volumes was an enormous task.
I have separated the
Nationalities. This is done for the benefit of persons tracing
families. As we
know, names relate to nationalities. You will find other nationalities
in the different cemeteries but you will find that as the cemetery is
as a particular nationality, most of the burials in that cemetery will
mostly from that nationality.
Note: example. If you are
looking for a
person that is of a German family or name, then looking in the German
records would in most cases help find the persons very quickly. By not
the church yard cemetery records of the county, one would have to check
churches records too. Very possible this record missed a person as this
only recorded the actual stone markers (I did not miss very many of the
markers in a cemeteries that I recorded and I did the best I could to
and every stone marker that I could find)
I recorded the information from
markers as I found them in the language they were inscribed in. I do
German, Bohemian/Czech, Norwegian, Danish (Scandinavian) so just as I
markers I recorded them. I very quickly learned the months days years,
father, born died, etc in the various languages.
Also of course the very
in Steele County were the Eastern Americans that came from the East
those Americans that came from the states and places like Ohio,
Illinois, Iowa, and a lot of these American settlers came in from
settled briefly in Wisconsin or other states and just passed thru and
land in Steele Co.
After 1860/1870 the first wave of settlers
was over and many people moved on west toward Western Minnesota and
South Dakota but people could not settle areas that were still
dangerous to the
exposure to the Indian situation west of Steele County.
Steele County has American cemeteries
(English names) that are very early in the counties history. Very
many of the cemeteries are marked with the traditional old white Marble
markers, which is very vulnerable to the elements and now the problem
rain really speeds up the deterioration process.
As a child in down town
Minnesota, the various languages of the German, Bohemian/Czech,
Norwegian/Danish were heard as common place and were some of the
settlers speaking in their national language, and some were the second
generation, but now most of this is lost in Steele Co.
The early immigrants coming
countries did not readily mix with the other nationals and were also
Leary of the American settlers they found as their neighbors when they
came to this place. Each National group and the Americans tried very
keep their culture and language, also customs of their life style and
traditions they brought with them from the old country.
At first they kept
separate from each
other but the National barriers broke down as another generation came
I was born in 1931 most of the barriers were coming down in the melting
process in Steele County. The results are that people of all the
Nationalities in Steele County are mixed and now we are all Americans.
The cemeteries show Steele
have always been loyal and patriotic (All Nationalities) and some have
service to this country. Many have served and came home and lived in
and now rest in Steele County cemeteries with military markers of the
and command they served in. Some were noted as veterans, and many were
commemorated by the GAR, Am Legion and the VFW. in all wars, since the
settlement of this county and some veterans served before the county
settled and they came along with the migration of the early settlement.
veterans are found in these records and many are not known.
Owatonna Minnesota - 1992.