We are the West Hennepin History Center [Western Hennepin County Pioneer] located in Long Lake, Minnesota. Our Archives Department has a wonderful genealogy collection. The Museum began in 1907 when local families began to collect genealogy & artifacts in all of western Hennepin County.
The records and photos entered here have been supplied to us by our generous members and volunteers. Many of our members have requested we create these memorial pages. Please visit our website to view our collection of local records, historical photos and genealogy records. We welcome donations of historical & genealogical records.
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Lewis Cemetery is haunted! Note the picture on my bio page. It was taken this week at Lewis Cemetery by the grave of a Williams family in the oldest section. I was shocked when I downloaded the pictures and saw the picture with four orbs and a ghostlike shadow in the picture!
The sexton of the cemetery a couple years ago told me it was haunted. Now I have the proof that it is! (Orbs are the most common paranormal activity indicating a spiritual presence.)
RE: Sam Mikre I have been working on the Lewis Cemetery this summer. It is too bad that it is being poorly taken care of. Many stones are being unattended and need dug out and raised. Brush is growing around the older stones and some one can't see because of the weeds and saplings! If I had a loved one buried there, I would not be happy.
The caretaker told me two years ago that the cemetery lacks funding to keep it up properly. I think I will go over with my clippers and donate my labor.
RE: Union Cemetery NO, not Hillside Cemetery! Just my imaginary Lake Wobegon in my head. :-)
I noticed there are some varmints digging big holes in the Union Cemetery! I suppose a coyote or fox may be the culprit. There appears to be many unmarked graves. For the likes of me, I can't find some of the requests.
One day while I was out there the Sheriff drove into the cemetery pulling a boat! Apparently he thought there was lake access as he drove all the way to the end and discovered the fence. Needless to say, it was interesting to watch him back up out of the cemetery!
BOOK CLUB MEMBERS: READ "THE CURIOUS FATES OF Famous Corpses by Bess Lovejoy. Her book is titled "REST in PIECES."
And now a poem fer yah!
Epitaph by Edna St. Vincent Millay
Heap not on the mound Roses that she loved so well; Why bewilder her with roses That she cannot see or smell? She is happy where she lies With the dust upon her eyes.
A nudder poem fer yah!
Lament by Millay
Listen, children: Your father is dead. From his old coats I'll make you little jackets; I'll make you little trousers From his old pants. There'll be in his pockets Things he used to put there, Keys and pennies Covered with tobacco; Dan shall have the pennies To save in his bank; Anne shall have the keys To make a pretty noise with. Life must go on, And the dead be forgotten; Life must go on, Though good men die; Anne, eat your breakfast; Dan, take your medicine; Life must go on; I forget just why.
As for life here in Minnesotah, land of 10,000 snow storms, life goes on. Halloween festivities are planned at the local cemetery this year. Kick-off starts with a parade and hayrides, dunking tank, and cow pie tossing contest. (A special thank you to the bulls at Phil Yoder's farm for the pies. That is where they get the expression Bull ____!)
This year the cemetery has decided to promote burial plot sales. Remaining plots are outlined in markers like a police crime scene. Shopper's can check out the locations and views provided. Some call this a chance in a life time, so don't delay as prices may be going up. Current price is $300 per plot, For limited time only, if you wish to be buried by your spouse, two lots of $595.)
Local funeral homes are offering free hearse rides for families. They got this idea from the local fire department. Seems odd to see whole families packed into a hearse riding up and down through the cemetery. This whole deal is so popular, the local undertaker said he is renting a couple hearses from the neighboring community to handle the overflow crowds. Last year there was shoving and fist cuffs because of locals trying to cut the line. Officer, McGreedy and his deputy Virgil Finn are going to be on duty to keep everyone orderly. (Hey Virgil, you were named after fish parts!)
Last year some tomb stones got knocked over by Elmer Johnson's cattle. Elmer has a fence that resembles Swiss Cheese, it has so many holes in it. Thus, after the open house festivities are over, Elmer will be demonstrating to the crowd how to stand up stone monuments with his John Deere Diesel 720. He is bringing along his log chain and loader bucket, plus his trusty dog, Dougie Dog.
There is no place on earth like the annual cemetery open house here in my neck of the woods. If ya can make it, stop by and enjoy herself. (Moonshine and brats served at the local church basement.)