|Once the corner of a working farm, this is now just a patch of wild grass in a small triangle cut off by a curve in the road. The one stone is barely visible to the right of the sign.|
news article, possibly from the Worthington Globe in 2000
Child's grave has survived road crews
By LEW HUDSON WINDOM —
Few motorists driving along Cottonwood county highway three near Harders Lake notice a single, lonely gravestone outlined against the sky where the road curves to head east.
Fewer still know anything about the person buried there or why his grave is surrounded by roads on all sides. Originally the tiny three-cornered plot of ground was a township cemetery. It was atop a small hill overlooking the several lakes that used to be in that area.
Records indicate there were at least 22 interments in the cemetery but only a single marker remains. It is in memory of Peter Krahn who was born March 20, 1892, and who died Aug. 30, 1893.
The cemetery came close to being obliterated at one time but intervention by relatives caused county officials to take steps to preserve it. In the days when township roads were narrow trails, the cemetery was undisturbed by passing traffic. But when one township road became a county highway and two others were upgraded into gravel thoroughfares, it was in the way. Road plans would have extended the right of way into the cemetery property and altered the topography surrounding the graveyard.
It was then that concerned relatives conferred with county officials and asked that steps be taken to protect the site. Among those who met with the county was Mrs. Fred Davids of Bingham Lake whose stepsister Hazel Grunewald was buried there.
The agreement specified that the county should buy and maintain the property, that the hill be cut down three feet to make it blend more with the new roadways which were surrounding it, and that the property be resodded.
All this was done but today only the single stone gives indication that this is a cemetery. At one time there were several markers there, some white marble slabs and others, sculptured lambs and other figures. Only the Krahn marker remains, its German inscription recalling the cultural heritage of the early settlers of that region. Translated, it reads:
"In early childhood He called me
The Lord to work upon his throne.
Do not mourn for me
l'am happy in my higher home."