BASIN LUTHERAN CEMETERY


This cemetery is located 8 1/4 miles south of Mason City, Custer County, Nebraska and is accessible from the road.  From Nebraska highway 2, turn south into Mason City and follow this same road south.  The road is oiled about half of the way and then becomes gravel.  This road takes you directly to the cemetery.  This cemetery has an arched gateway leading into it.  Across the top of the arch are the words "Basin Lutheran Cemetery".  A gate- under the arch - leads into the cemetery.  Right inside the gate is a large granite stone with the following inscription on the front:

Former Site Of Evangelical Zion Lutheran Church 1901 - 1989
There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heaven
A time to be born and a time to die
A time to plant and a time to uproot
A time to kill and a time to heal
A time to tear down and a time to build
Ecl. 3: 1-3

On the back of the stone is the following inscription:

The Black Hill Basin area of Custer County was settled in the
1800's.  Many of the families of Scandinavian ancestry along
with friends and neighbors used a crudely built sod school as a
place of worship.  As more settlers arrived and the need for a
church and cemetery arose two acres of land were donated by John
Estby.  It was on this land that the frame church was erected
and where it stood as a beacon and landmark for eighty - eight
years serving the people of the community in life as well as in
death.

Arp, Peter, May 24, 1848 - Oct. 26, 1916,  at the top of the stone it says:  "In my Father's house are many mansions."  under the date are the letters "HVIL I Fred"

Arp, Johanne W., wife of Peter Arp, 1856 - 1914,  the top of this stone also reads "In my Father's house are many mansions."  under the date are the letters "HVIL I Fred"

Arp,  Thelma B.,  1907-1911;  Gladys H.,  1903-1921

Arp, Maude B.,  Apr 1, 1882 - Nov 13, 1974;  Nels P.,  Nov 22, 1874  -  July 16, 1957

Arp,  Mary C., 'Mother', July 19, 1878 - Sep 6, 1957;  Hans G., 'Father' ,  Oct 3, 1876 - Feb 5, 1961


Bernert, Georgia, Feb 22, 1907 - Sep 24, 1979;  John,  Aug 16, 1902 - Mar 21, 1971

Bernert, Emili, Unser Liebling, 9, Marz 1896 - 16, Feb. 1897

Binder, Ernestine W.,   1890 - 1916


Cheaves, Margaret Dyan (mortuary marker) 1977 - 1996

Christensen, Frederik, 1822-1898;  Christine, his wife, 1826-1902

Crosley, Ellen Lee,  "Mother",  Sep 22, 1885 - Sep 11, 1975;  R. Newton,  "Father",  Oct 9, 1881 - Apr 25, 1967


Downey,   Marie C. Jensen,  "Daughter",  Mar 1, 1894 - May 4, 1963,  below date it says "The Lord Is My Shepherd"


Estby, Johannes Olsen,  "Fod paa Round Prairie Iu den 26, Aug 1858  Dode den 3, Dec 1882"
"They were lovely and pleasant in their lives and in their death they were not divided.  This is a tall square stone and on the other side of the stone is:  Estby,  Ole Johnson  "Fod paa Gundy Jens Guurd  Tyilanhlen  i  Norge  den 29, Oct 1826  Dode den 2, Apr 1897"


Hansen, John B., "Father",  1863-1918

Hansen, Jettha J., dau. of H. & M. C. Hansen  died Nov. 18, 1884 aged 12 y 3 m 22 d  "Dearest Jettha thou hast left us here, thy loss we deeply feel, but tis God that hath bereft us, he can our sorrows heal.  Our darling sleeps in peace.


Jacobson, Ole,  born in Norford, Norway  1830  died Aug 14, 1913  Aged 82 years

Jensen, Nels P.,  1861 - 1954;  Caroline 1863 - 1935

Jensen, Otto,  son of Mr. & Mrs. Neils P. Jensen, Oct 2, 1891 - May 7, 1892

Jensen, Niels,  "Father" ,  Sep 15, 1829 - Mar 7, 1902;   Thomine, "Mother" ,  Apr 17, 1840 - Jan 22, 1907  the bottom of the stone says "Until the day break and the shadows flee away"

Jensen, Edward E.,  Aug 21, 1901 -  Mar 13, 1992;  A. Gladys, Sep 16, 1902 - Sep 21, 1971  "The Lord Is My Shepherd, I Shall Not Want"

Jensen, Harlan D.,  Oct 15, 1923 - May 16, 1990

Jensen, Ramon D., Oct 15, 1923 - June 19, 1997


Lauridsen,   this is a large stone with nothing else on it - to the west of this stone is a small gray marble stone with nothing on it

Lee, Amy,  born July 21, 1891,  died June 5, 1900  "Little Amy is gone to sleep on the Saviours loving breast,  Oh fond parents do not weep for she there will sweetly rest."

Lee, Mary C.,  "Mother" ,  1872-1920;   Canute, "Father",   1852-1943 at the top of this stone it says: "Gone But Not Forgotten"

Lee, Ellen,  died Apr 9, 1897,  aged 69 years,  Rest in Peace and on a different side of the same stone:  Lee, Stephen B., died Jan 14, 1897,  aged 77 years,  Gone But Not Forgotten

Lee, Sarah,  Sep 5, 1860 - Feb 14, 1893,  age 33 years

Leihs, Herman, died Sep 25, 1906,  aged 8 ys 7 ms 12 d

Leihs, Margaret F.,  "Mother",  Sep 20, 1858 - Mar 8, 1938;  Theodore, "Father", Oct 26, 1858 - May 18, 1932

Loar, Marie,  this is a small grave with a cement border around the edges - looks like a small child's grave - no dates

Loar, John,  this is a cement marker and is several yards from Marie Loar's grave - no dates - nothing in between the two graves

Loucks,  Cora C.,  Dec 19, 1852 - Feb 19, 1919

Loweder, 2 flat cement markers with only the word Lowder on them

Lund,  Dorothy,  "Mother", Apr. 14, 1855 - Jan. 5, 1929  a metal marker beside stone that says "American War Mothers"

Lund, Edwin T.,  Mar 13, 1895 - Apr. 12, 1921  under date it says "Pvt. 8th Co.  GAC  beside stone is a metal marker that says "World War I  U. S.  1917 - 1918  behind stone is a small cement stone that says Brother

Lund, Theodor,  May 2, 1831 - Jan 23, 1901  "Gone but not Forgotten"  behind this headstone is a cement slab that says "Father"

Lund - this is a large granite headstone with only this one name on it with a cross above the name - beside and to the left of this stone are three graves, each enclosed by a cement border first one says Mother on top of the front piece of cement and below that on the side it says Mali 1853 - 1921 - second one says Father on top of the front piece of cement and below that on the side it says 1840 - 1902 (stone has been broken into pieces, but does appear to spell out Father on top, it looks like there was a name beside the date at one time, but it is broken up too much too read now) - third looks like a child's grave, it isn't as long as the other two, it says Ella on the top of the front piece of cement and on the side of cement, under the name it says 1884 - 1889


Madsen, Christian,  May 13, 1857 - Dec 23, 1935;  Anna Katherine, Apr 12, 1851 - Apr 19, 1918 (on Christian's side of the stone there is a small marker on the ground that says "Father" - on Anna's side of the stone there is a small marker on the ground that says "Mother")

Madsen, Anna, 1883-1907  and Christ (no date) and Otto (no date)  all of these are on the same stone

Mohr,  Henry,  "Father", 1860 - 1943

Mohr, Theodora,  Mar 2, 1863 - Apr 12, 1929,  "At Rest"

Mohr, Carl,  1884 - 1938

Monsson, Peters,  born May 6, 1862, died Sep 28, 1930  (an old metal mortuary marker)

Mortensen, Timothy Ray, Jan. 3, - Oct. 3, 1962

Mortensen, Marvin T., May 26, 1908 - Mar. 14, 1984

Mortensen, M. Grace,  Aug. 18, 1913 - Jan. 11, 1959

Mortensen, Robert Sr.,  Sept. 1 1851 - Aug. 5, 1912;  his wife Caroline,  July 30, 1852 - Aug. 16, 1925  "Rest in Peace" at bottom of stone

Mortensen, Fred M.,  1877 - 1945

Mortensen, Elizabeth C.,  1880 - 1943  a cement stone with a piece of paper under glass - paper is faded out and unreadable


Nielsen, Niels,  1826 -1891;  Sine, his wife, 1833 - 1895,  At Rest

Nelsen, infant children of J. P. and Annie N. Nelsen, born 26 July 1871,  "Asleep in Jesus", this was all on the front side of the stone  - on the side of the stone it says Peter C. Nelsen, died 16 Jan 1882  aged 10 y 5 m 20 d,  "A light is from our household gone, A voice we loved is stilled, A place is vacant by our hearth, which never will be filled."

Nelson, Jens P.,  1848 -1937;  Anna M.,  1850 - 1928,  beside Jens there is a small marker that says "Father" and beside Anna is a small marker that says "Mother"

Nelson, Soren,  Fodt den 17 Mai 1853 -  Dod den 13 Nov 1882

Nielsen, Marie, "Mother",   1866 - 1942;  Niels P., "Father",  1860-1911

Nielsen, Hans,  1868-1953;   Mary L., 1871-1940

Nielsen, Harold E.,  Nov 25, 1901 - Dec 12, 1975

Nielsen, Mary L.,  1871 - 1940;  Hans, 1868 - 1953

Nielsen, George, "Father",  1870 - 1938;   Cecila M., "Mother",  1877-1969

Nielsen, Victor E.,  Feb. 1, 1911 - June 14, 1989

Nielsen, Sidsel,  Aug 12, 1817 - Oct 24, 1902


Olsen, Gertie,  "Mother" ,  1869 - 1939;  Ole,  "Father",  1860 - 1939,  a small white marble stone marked C.M. is to the north of this grave

Olsen, Christian J.,  1893 - 1942

Olsen, Margaret,  Dec. 8, 1895 - Feb 20, 1978

Olsen, Alfred,  1900 - 1901,  this is a small stone under a bush

Olsen, Martha, wife of Ole J. Olsen,  1828 - 1904

Olsen, Marion, 1905-1905,  north of this grave is a marker that says only "infant son 1890 -1890"

Olsen, Ruth Schall,  Feb 15, 1904 - Jan 23, 1935

Olsen, Edward,  1898 - 1964

Olsen, Gertrude,  1906 - 1992

Olsen, Chris,  1872 - 1922


Paulsen, Carl M.,  May 23, 1886 - June 1, 1918

Pedersen, Clifford, Aug. 9, 1937 - Aug. 22, 1937  (a flat cement stone with name and date scratched onto it.)

Pederson, Robert Clifford, "Our Darling", on the top of stone, Feb 8, 1929 - Feb 8, 1929

Peterson, Christ P.,  Nov. 18, 1880 - May 25, 1964;  Nellie C., June 1, 1884 - May 18, 1957

Peterson, Albert,  June 14, 1907 - Oct. 5, 1907

Peterson, Marie Christina, wife of Robert Peterson, Nov. 29, 1856 - Aug 16, 1920  top of stone says "Rest In Peace"

Peterson, "Father" Robert,  July 20, 1854 -  Jan. 4, 1937;  P. Elmer, "Son",   Sep 11, 1883 - May 14, 1964

Peterson, (this is a large stone with nothing else on it)  to the left of this stone is a small stone marked "Mother" Maren N. Aug 31, 1855 - Apr 6, 1942 - to the right of the Peterson stone is a small stone marked "Father", Hans C.,  Mar 6, 1858 - Aug 14, 1928 - to the right of Hans' stone is a small stone that is marked Esther, May 11, 1900 - Apr 3, 1932

Peterson, Nick,  Nov 16, 1855 - Aug 3, 1933; Maggie E.,  Oct 26, 1852 - May 17, 1925, aged 72 yrs 7 mos 17 days

Price, Edwin L.,  PFC  U. S. Army,  World War II,  July 1, 1923 - Sep 23, 1979  - beside this there is a metal marker,  it has an eagle on it and the dates 1941 - 1945

Price, Ronald Edwin,  May 2, 1956 - Apr 23, 1961,  "A Jewel In His Crown"


Rasmussen, Don D.,  July 24, 1925 - June 25, 1994;  Marian E.,  May 28, 1927

Rasmussen, Axel,  Minde Over, Student, Fodt I, Danmark, 30 Dec 1894, Dod I Lincoln, Neb

6 Maj. 1915,  Han Var En Sand Kristen En Kaerlig Son, En Trofast Broder Og Ven.  Herren Gav, Herren Tog.  Herrens Navn Vaere
Lovt.  Job.  I  21.

Robertson, Charles E.,  1876-1953;  Ona L.,  1882-1963

Robertson, Corp.  Lewis H., Co. G. 4th U.S. infantry, 3rd regiment division,  born Jan 4, 1888  died July 26, 1918,  World War Vetern marker

Robertson,  Fred G.,  Sep 10, 1883 - May 11, 1958;  Mary, Apr 7, 1886 - June 5, 1958,  "I am the resurrection and the Life"

Robertson, Jack,  "Son" , 1918 - 1936;  William C., "Father",  1880-1952;  Vennie, "Mother",  1883 - 1965

Robertson, R. Loucks,  1910-1963

Robertson, Lorene E.,  1910-1989

Robertson, Robert, "Father" ,  1853-1894;  Anne C., "Mother",  1859-1941

Rosborg, Frederick J.,  1888-1963


Schall,  John A., "Father",  1875 -1959;   Mary M.,  "Mother", 1876-1962

Schall, Larry, 1936 (only date on stone)

Sorensen, Bertha N. W.,  1888 - 1983;  Jens, 1880-1959

Sorensen, Soren,  1857-1932

Stender, Atonia,  1860 - 1919  on the same stone: Magnus, 1858-1939,  these two graves each have a cement border around the grave- one says Mother and one says Father

Stender, Clinton and Alvin  (this is a small marble stone and has no dates on it)

Stender, Herman,  1894 - 1984;  Thomina, 1896 - 1960

Stockdale, daughter and son of C. W. and W. A., Winnetta, 1889, Earlton, 1893

Swenson, John A ,  Jan. 18, 1841 - Sep 9, 1921;   Martha, May 17, 1848 - Mar 17, 1940  "The deed is everything, the fame is nothing."

Swenson,  John A., son of John A. and Martha Swenson,  died Jan 15, 1886,  Aged 7 y 7 m 28 d


Turvey, William, died Jan 11, 1886,  age 68 years


Yohn, Robert,  Aug. 16, 1890 - May 12, 1974 (grave marked by a white, wooden cross)

Yohn, Amelia C. (Albreht), May 23, 1898 - Jan. 15, 1933  (grave marked by a white, wooden cross)

Yohn, "Baby" Eldon Lee,  Oct 17 - 18, 1938

Yohn, Christina C.,  Aug 13, 1896 - Nov 2, 1967;  William, Jan. 27, 1892 - Oct 25, 1973  there are two wedding rings on the stone- between Christina's name and William's name - one says Married, the other says Apr 8, 1920 - also a metal marker beside William that says World War  U. S.  1917 - 1918


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