Wainwright Census Division
Postal Code: T0B 0Z0
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The cemetery is situated one km west of the village of Czar that is owned by the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Czar. This is a farming and ranching community developed by the pioneers who began settling the area just prior to 1900 before the railway was extended this far east.
The land for both the church and the cemetery was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Dahl in 1910. Mr. Dahl was a local resident, businessman and councillor, The church, built in 1910, was to serve what was originally known as the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Emmanuel congregation and services were conducted in Swedish. English was introduced in the 1930's to accomodate the non-Scandinavian members of the community. In 1949 the church was moved into Czar to be more accessible to its members.
Mrs. Norgord was the first to be buried in the cemetery in 1911.
Over the years the cemetery has become a community cemetery, interdenominational in nature. The residents of the community, as volunteers, have maintained the grounds, erected a wrought iron sign theat can be easily ssen from the maind road, installed fences, planted and groomed the hedge and maintained a driveway. Mr. Oscar Long kept the first set of records, He and his wife spent many hours in retirement making flat rectangular imprinted gravestones to mark some earlier graves. Mrs. Long painted the lettering with gold paint, some still in excellent condition.
Approximately ten km south of Czar, just west of Highway 41 on Sather Road, is Sardis Cemetery. Some familes of Norwegian descent are buried there.
Echoes Along the Ribstone, a local history contains a comprehensive record of many family histories of the region.