Pilot Mound Census Division
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Southwestern Manitoba was opened to immigration in the late 1870s after the Boundary Commission completed a survey along the 49th parallel which separates Canada from the United States. The first immigrants were from eastern Canada, mostly of British or Irish descent, and arrived on their homesteads as early as the summer of 1879. The town of Cartwright was established in 1885 along the newly built CP railway. The original burying ground in the area was on privately-owned land a bit northwest of the present town. In 1900, however, a cemetery committee consisting of local clergy and citizens was established to purchase land for a permanent cemetery. The first plots of the new Cartwright Cemetery were advertised for sale in June, 1900. The first burial in the new cemetery occurred in August of 1900 - that of baby Margaret Isabella Preston, daughter of the local jeweller. Ownership of the cemetery was transferred to the local municipality in 1906. Most of the individuals interred on the original burying-grounds were transferred to Cartwright Cemetery shortly after it opened. However, thirty interments remained in the original burying ground until 1962 when they were relocated to make way for a highway improvement. Two plots (342 and 365) in the Cartwright Cemetery were purchased by the Manitoba Department of Highways for these reinterments and a cairn was dedicated to the pioneers of the Cartwright district. Only 13 of the reinterred individuals were identified, leaving 17 unknown burials (9 adults, 8 children) in these plots. The local history books “ Memories Along the Badger Revisited (1985)” and “Memories Along the Badger Continued” (2010) contain biographies for many of the people buried in the Cartwright Cemetery.