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Moe Rose Cemetery
Roseau, Roseau County, Minnesota
Lat: 48° 50' 38"N, Lon: 95° 49’ 55"W
Jadis Twp, T162N R40W Sec 21
Contributed by Marjorie Broten, Dec 07, 2008, last edited Jan 27,
Total records = 1,124.
This beautiful cemetery is located 3 miles west of Roseau on State
Highway 11, turn left (south) County Road 15, go ¼ mile, as you
approach the railroad tracks, continue further and you will see
the cemetery on your left side (east). The cemetery is east and
south of the church.
The Moe Rose Cemetery (originally known to the early pioneers
as the Oakridge Cemetery) was Estab. on Jul 18, 1888, on the land
Homesteaded by Andrew “Anders” Markstrom. The approx fifteen acres
of land was than given for the cemetery by Mr. Markstrom (includes
3 acres from Leonard Bjorkman).
The first visit by Pastor K. B. Birkeland, on Jul 16, 1888, brought
the congregation into being. The first white woman of Roseau County
was buried here in 1888. Also the woman who started the first
hospital in the city of Roseau in 1915 is buried here. The many
early pioneers traveled the Historic Sandridge Trails, as they
went east to west or west to east, from the cemetery or church.
A Rev. Hans O. Ostgulen and Rev. A. C. Rykken, are buried here,
they have performed for the many funerals, mostly are of the Norwegian
and Swedish decent, and many other nationalities as well. Most
all of the old headstones have been written with Norwegian - Swedish
Inscriptions, dating back well over 100 years ago when a lot of
the homesteaders and pioneer farmers were coming to this new land.
The cemetery is active, being used for burials, and is maintained
by perpetual care giving, donations, sale of lots, interest on
monies, and volunteer work.
The cemetery history has been viewed with a walk thru, read and
documented by myself, Sherry L. Johnson, and G. Milo Broten, reading
all visible stones, metal markers, the names on the stones on
the older part of the cemetery have faded, a cemetery map which
was started by the Listug brothers in the 1930’s was in place
for reference. Burials done earlier may not have been recorded.
This Lot numbered map was enlarged, to add all last names to the
each given lot. A digital camera was also used for pictures. The
cemetery sexton is Tom Halvorson, board members are Duane Andol,
LeRoy Roseen, Wm. Starren, and Ray Vistad, last edited Nov 14,
- Marjorie Broten
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