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  • Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust

    Kathy O'Connor|May 20, 2024

    This block has seven unmarked graves: Charles Michaels, Mrs. Tom Welsh, Veronica Esther Welsh, Mrs. J.P. Welsh, J.P. Welsh, Ned Walsh, Mary Walsh and Denver Black. Block 4 has approximately 86 graves with seven graves unmarked. All of these unmarked graves are now accounted for in Findagrave.com – St. John’s Cemetery. Family names in this block include: Risovi, Winslow, Hager, Zeagel, Walsh, Fritsch, Black, Borthwick, Steinbach, Wren, Eversvik, Ludwig, Seckinger, Williams, Ellensohn, Rucker, Warner, Winslow, Sookov, Geilan, Hogan, Dickey, Fin...

  • Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust: Block 3 – St. John's Cemetery: Part IV of IV

    Kathy O'Connor|Apr 1, 2024

    This is a continuation of Block 3 of St. John's Cemetery. This part includes the final five of the 12 unmarked graves in Block 3 – Joe Burke, Thomas Georges, Mrs. John Pottner, Martin C. Connelly and Martin J. Connelly. Joe Burke: Joe Burke was born Aug. 24, 1863 in Hastings, Minn. to parents Thomas and Bridget Burke. In the 1910 census, Joe was a single man living in Eddy Township, Eddy County, N.D., being a hired man for Andreas Odegard and his wife Mabel. In the 1930 census, Joe was in the village of Minnewaukan, N.D. at the Benson County j...

  • Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust

    Kathy O'Connor|Mar 25, 2024

    This is a continuation of Block 3 of St. John's Cemetery. This part includes three more of the 12 unmarked graves in Block 3 – Alphonse Weimals, Mrs. John Weimals, John Weimals, Peter Jansen and John (Oldred) Alldred. Alphonse Weimals: Alphonse Weimals was born May 1891 in New Rockford, N.D. to John and Anna Marie Weimals. In the 1900 census he was living in the village of New Rockford, N.D. with his parents (John and Anna) and six siblings, Clement, Leo, Ludwina, Veronica, Crescentia and Clothilda. He was nine years old and attending s...

  • Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust

    Kathy O'Connor|Mar 18, 2024

    This is a continuation of Block 3 of St. John's Cemetery. This part includes three more of the 12 unmarked graves in Block 3 – John Monahan, Alice DeGree and Crescentia Weimals. John Monahan: John Monahan was born in September of 1853 in Ireland. The 1900 census states that he immigrated in 1883 and was living in Superior Township, Eddy County, N.D. and owned their own farmhouse. Living with him was his wife Catherine and six children; Rose, Susie and Lizzie, all born in Ireland, Kathryn, born in Ohio, and Edward and Mary born in North D...

  • Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust

    Kathy O'Connor|Mar 11, 2024

    This block has a lengthy list of unmarked graves: Rose Monahan, Eddie Monahan, Elizabeth Monahan, John Monahan, Alice Degru 1925, Cresantia Weimals, Alphonse Weimals, Mrs. John Wiemals, John Weimals, Peter Jansen, John Oldred, Joe Burke, Thomas Georges, Martin C. Connelly and Martin Joseph Connelly. Block 3 has approximately 85 graves with 12 graves unmarked. All of these unmarked graves are accounted for in Findagrave.com – St. John's Cemetery. Family names in this block include: Monahans, Rybus, Fahrer, Ludwig, Murray, Morrow, Peterson, W...

  • Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust: Block 2 St. John's Cemetery, Part IV

    Kathy O'Connor|Apr 24, 2023

    Block 2 St. John’s Cemetery Part IV of IV by Kathy O’Connor  S. Boven – Real name is Phylias Bowin, who was born in 1861 and died in New Rockford, N.D. on January 25, 1933 at the age of 72. Not much information could be found on Phylias, as his death certificate did not list his birth date but just stated that he was 72 years old. No parents were listed or where he was born or if he was married or single. He is buried in St. John’s Cemetery, Block 2, Lot 61 and his grave is unmarked.  Anton Dietz – Born on October 19, 1901 in Romania to Fr...

  • Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust: Block 2 Part III of IV

    Kathy O'Connor|Apr 17, 2023

    Alex McEachern was born in Canada on January 27, 1864. In the 1900 census, Alex and his wife Barbara were living in Durbin Township, Cass County, N.D. with two children, Sadie and John. They stated they had been married for 10 years. His occupation was listed as a farmer. ln the 1910 census, Alex and Barbara were living in New Rockford, N.D. with three children, Sadie, John and William. Sadie’s occupation was listed as a schoolteacher. It listed four children who were born but only three are living. Their daughter Mary who was born on June 5...

  • Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust: Block 2 Part II of IV

    Kathy O'Connor|Apr 10, 2023

    Lily and Pete Trudeau – Lily (Lord) Trudeau was born on April 15, 1874 in Goodland, Indiana and died on December 27, 1963 at St. Joseph Manor in Edgeley, Lamoure County, N.D. at the age of 89. Peter Eloy Trudeau was born on December 8, 1875 in Indiana as stated on his World War I draft registration, and died on February 24, 1965 in the Edgeley, N.D. Home for the Aged at the age of 90. In the 1900 Census, Pete and Lily were living in Pembroke Township, Kankakee, Illinois with three children – Leo, Frances and Eveline (Genevieve). In the 191...

  • Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust: Block 2, St. John's Cemetery

    Kathy O'Connor|Apr 3, 2023

    Block 2 in St. John’s Cemetery had a lengthy list of unmarked graves in the December 2021 Transcript with 25 names. The list included Peter Butler, Alex Mathews 1940, Leslie Wenzel, Lily Trudeau, Pete Trudeau, Bernard Sullivan 1998, Thomas Gamroth 1981, Alex McEachern, Mervin lndergaard 1992, R. lndergaard, Martin Gross, J.J. Sullivan, George Goldade, Mike Hartman, Toreigner Cruk, Rose Romanoski, S. Boven, Anton Dietz, John Coping, Ray Schanhaar, Werlien Kurback, Emma Dafoe, Antoni Jujawa, J. Pat Murphy and Frank Kuntz. Block 2 has a...

  • Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust

    Kathy O'Connor|Jan 23, 2023

    The intent of this article is to honor those who lie in the graves of the New Rockford Cemetery. We remember them for who they were and the life they shared with this community. The community came together when the article was published in the New Rockford Transcript about the many unmarked graves in Eddy County. Thanks to Tubby Bymoen, donations were received for four individuals (Alex Mathews, Archie Jackson, Boyd Kennedy, Pat Malone) who were unmarked and forgotten by the community. These four stones were installed in the summer of 2022....