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The FIRST LUTHERAN or RUSH CITY CEMETERY is located approximately three miles east of Rush City, MN on the north side of Rushseba Trail (CR 55).
The First Evangelical Lutheran church operates and maintains this cemetery. The church was first organized April 26 of 1876 under the original name of the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Congregation of Rush City. The name was later shortened to its present-day version.
At the time of organization, the membership consisted of thirty-five adults and thirty children, and by the end of 1876 the membership had increased to fifty adults and fifty-two children. Church records show the first marriage was John A Finne and Theresa Martina Peterson in 1876, the year of the organization.
On March 20, 1914 approximately five acres of the Herring-Manders farmland was purchased from Henry C. Manders; his wife, Letta A. Manders; Anna (Manders) McIntyre; and A. C. McIntyre for $250. On April 22, 1914 and additional 2.1 acres were purchased from Archibald and Rebecca Peers for $25. This tract was bought and donated to the church by J. C. Carlson.
The cemetery was dedicated at 3:00 pm on May 17, 1914. There were actually two dedications read by Rev Eric N. Hedeen, one in Swedish and the other in English.
The first interment of record was made on April 18, 1915. There are two grave markers that bear a much earlier date (Fred W. Manders 1888 and Henry Manders 1868) but these bodies were moved to the present site after having been interred at another location.
Bylaws for the cemetery were adopted in 1940. Starting in 1952, lots were sold only with perpetual care. A winter holding vault was completed in 1973 and has been made available for all cemeteries in the area that might want to use it.
First Evangelical Lutheran Church
1000 South Jay Avenue
Rush City, MN 55069
Phone: (320) 358-4076
Cemetery established: 1914
Cemetery status: Active
Cemetery type: Church
Location: Rushseba Twp
Cemetery bio: Robert.Chudek@gmail.com