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Spruce Cemetery
Roseau, Roseau County, Minnesota

GPS: 48.848417, -95.620654
Spruce Twp, T162N, R39W Sec 24

Contact: Dennis Smedsmoe

Contributed by Marjorie Broten, Mar 03, 2011, last edited Mar 13, 2011 [mjbroten@centurylink.net]. Total records = 27.

This Spruce Cemetery is located 6 miles east of Roseau MN on State Highway #11. You will see the cemetery on your right or south side, a short ways off the highway. The cemetery is on the west side of County Road #9.

This 2 acres of Spruce Cemetery was established in 1915 on land donated by Andrew C Jensen, to be used for both church and cemetery. The 1st burial could have been in 1903 that of a Mr. Albert Jensen. It was used by the 'Gol Menighets Kirke' meaning Gol Congregation.

The original Gol Church was moved to another location many years ago. A small replica of the original church is situated inside the cemetery. There is a 1912 Gol Menighet sign on the front of the building. It also displays a burial listing and older records as well as a photo of the church inside. All work completed by volunteers.

The township now owns this cemetery which has been in much need of improvements. It now has a very caring gracious warm appearance as a result of the many volunteers that have set a goal for the improvements to be done. Other volunteers are welcome qne donations are always welcome.

A listing of some of those buried here was obtained from Ludvig A. Lund and checking cemetery records in the surrounding area, we could not find any of these names buried elsewhere as many graves are no longer marked at this site, the cemetery is no longer used for burials, except for reserved burial lots.

Eunice Lund and I did a complete walk thru, reading all of the legible and existing headstones. This is a completed transcript as of Feb 01, 2011. A digital camera has been used for pictures.

- Marjorie Broten


b. = born
d. = died
d/o = daughter of
( ) = author's comments
s/o = son of
sis/o = sister of
s/w = shares stone with
w/o = wife of

Arneson, James, b. /d. 1936, passed away the same day, b/o Bert Arneson
Bakken, Baby, b. /d. Jun 1926, stillborn, unknown place of grave, d/o Ole & Marie Bakken
Borg, Mrs ? , no dates, (neighbor related to the very rainy wet season @ time of her burial)
Brenhaug, Mrs. Martin, b. 1886, d. 31 May 1941, 55 yrs
Chase, Arthur, d. 1927
Chase, Tore, d. 1929, 72 years old
Dahl, Bertina Hilda, b. 1 May 1868, d. 23 Jan 1948, a single lady, 80 yrs old, s/o Peter Dahl
Dahl, Helena B., b. 20 Jan 1833, d. 23 Okt 1925, 92 A 10 mos 3 da
Dahl, Peter P. 'Peder', b. 27 Mar 1870, d. 27 Apr 1945, 75 yr old
Fealy, July Grace, b. 1904, d. 23 Aug 1949, 45 Yrs
Heggebakken, Johnnes, b. 1891, d. 15 Aug 1937, 46 yr 1 mo 22da, Headstone
Jensen, Albert, b. 1871, d. 17 Oct 1903, 32 years old, son of Christ Jensen
Jensen, Andrew C., b. 26 May 1864, d. 8 Jun 1924, 59 years old, h/o Tina, f /o Anna & Alfred, (Anna Jensen married Andrew Lund & Alfred Jensen, a single man)
Jensen, Baby, b. 1938, d. 1940, lived nearly a year, s/o Alfred Jensen
Jensen, Christen 'Christ', b. 1823, d. 1904 (81 yrs of Sep 1904), h/o Mary
Jensen, Clara, no dates, died after birth, twin d/o Timan & Mina (this grave is marked by a low bush next to the father Timans' headstone)
Jensen, Mina (Minnie Sundby), b. 1876, d. 1951, wife of Timan C, Headstone
Jensen, Selma, no dates, died after birth, twin infant of Timan & Mina (this grave is marked by a low bush next to the father Timans' headstone)
Jensen, Timan C. (Timen) 'Tim', b. 27 Feb 1870, d. 16 Dec 1927, s/o Christen & Mary (Aslagson) Jensen, Headstone
Kveum, Palmer Jerome, b. Nov 1934, d. 27 Jan 1935, 2 mos 9 d, infant s/o Hans & Olga Kveum
Larson, Hans, b. 1854, d. 29 Mar 1927, father, 92 yr 10 mo 3 d, buried same day as his wife Oline, Asleep in Jesus, headstone
Larson, Oline, b. 1857, d. 2 Apr 1927, mother, 72 yr 1 mo 23 d, buried same day as her husband Hans, Asleep in Jesus, headstone
Olson, Golbert Otto, b. Feb 1930, d. 17 Mar 1930, 1 mo 14 days, s/o Ingvald Olson
Skog, Agnes Mathilda, b. 1898, d. 4 Mar 1931, 33 yr 9 mo 14 d
Sundby, Hannah (Hanson), b. 1854, d. 1930, m/o Mina Jensen, s/s with Olovous
Sundby, Olovous 'Olaves', b. 1861, d. 1940, f o Mina Jensen, Thy will be done
Thodak, Birgit Aslaugsdatter, b. 24 Apr 1834, d. 20 Apr 1926, Alder 92 years old

-Lund, Lars, no longer here - moved to the Fairview Cemetery
-Lund, Marit, no longer here - moved to the Fairview Cemetery
-Unknown graves of others could also be buried here (those before the 1930s')
-Atlas of 1913, 1935, 1942, 1960, 1973, 1976, 1998
-Pioneers I & II
-Remembrances Anthology of RC MN
-Roseau County Heritage Book 1992
-Roseau County Highway Map 2008
-Roseau County Court House
-Roseau County Museum
-Burial Records held by Mr. Ludvig Lund
-Gol Menighet Cemetery Burial Plot Map
-Interviews with the Jensen & Lund family members
-1912 Book Spruce Evangelisk Lutherske Minighet Av Den Lutherske Frikirke Begyndt
-den 5Te Juli (documented names, dates, where born & died)
-Spruce Free Lutheran Church Secretary Minutes (1912-1973) list of members
-Deed Record No. 176, Roseau County, MN (Land Sale from Jensen/Spangrud family member)
-Record #478 dated 1904 & Deed #513, dated 1909 verified family member relationships

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