The abandoned De Soto Cemetery is located 3-1/2 miles South of Blair, Nebraska. The cemetery is on private property owned partly by Al Latwaitis and partly Curt Barr. The area is quite large and markers may have been missed in when it was read in 1977. Some of the graves may have been moved to the Blair Cemetery decades ago.
Old Desoto (a 14 pg manuscript)
28 July 1933
“In the pioneer days there were few doctors and some of them were said to practice without hardly any education or diplomas. Also money was scarce. There were no undertakers. Carpenters made the caskets and friends dug the graves. Constant made coffins out of black walnut from his trees and lined them with white satin. The highest price he charged was the sum of fifteen dollars. Mrs. Charles Seltz and Mrs. Bouvier went far and near and took care of the sick and dying, washed them, and dressed them and got them ready for the grave when they died. Men officiated when a man passed out. Mrs. Bouvier is said to have taken the stockings off her feet and put them on Mrs. Joe Ames when Mrs. Ames died. Urban Cachelin said a tall man by the name of Bliss was the first man to be buried in the Desoto graveyard and Mrs. Mary Godell was the last.”
- Added: 9 Jun 2011
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2405578
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