The OLD FIRST LUTHERAN CEMETERY
This cemetery property was purchased from Mr/Mrs Charles Peterson in 1891 for $75 by the Harris Lutheran Church. It was used until the City Council decided to develop a City Cemetery (Oak Grove, Harris, MN) and the Lutheran congregation voted to vacate their cemetery. They sold 3/4 of the original property back to the previous owners.
This cemetery is located on the south side of Chisago CR 9, less than one mile west of Hwy 30 [Forest Blvd - Old US 61]. It is one of the original Chisago County cemeteries and is no longer used.
This is a very small cemetery, about 200 feet wide and 100 feet deep. There are no signs or gate to identify its name or church affiliation.
I found the Works Projects Administration [WPA] report and transcription dated June, 1936 of the Lutheran Cemetery, Harris, MN by O. W. Fagerstrom [contained on three 4" x 6.25" cards]. The markers recorded during that inspection have been compared with the most recent physical audit  and four memorials have been added in 2013 for those previously unknown infants and children.
Many of the original headstones are badly weathered and almost impossible to read. I have transcribed the names from Chisago County Historical Society records and tried to match my photographs with the proper names. There are 25 names in the interment records but only 19 of them could be paired with an existing marker. Some of the remaining 6 graves were evident, although there were no markers for identification.
There is one Civil War Veteran interment:
Ernest Waldhoff, Company B, 11th Minnesota Regiment
The last recorded interment was:
Johan ANDERSON; b. 1828, d. Jul. 18, 1918
Most recent physical audit: June, 2008
Cemetery established: 1888
Cemetery status: Inactive
Cemetery type: Church
Cemetery bio: Robert.Chudek@gmail.com
GPS Coordinates: 45.5859, -92.9826
- Added: 22 Jun 2008
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2265881
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