Jefferson County, Montana
Lat: 46° 16' 07"N, Lon: 111° 56' 52"W
T6N, R3W, Sec 14, SW1/4
Contributed by N Foss, Dec 07, 2004, last edited Jul 22, 2011 [firstname.lastname@example.org].
Total records = 38.
Elkhorn cemetery, in the southwestern part of Montana, is high
in the mountains east of Boulder, off of I-15. Go 7mi south on Hwy
69, turn left over a small bridge then right onto gravel road 13
miles, bearing left at each of two forks in the road. This cemetery
is situated on a hillside south of Elkhorn, known as Cemetery Ridge,
which in recent years has somehow become US Forest land.
Elkhorn was once a very important mining town of the
late nineteenth century. Due to metal prices dropping, it never
has revived to the peak reached in the 1880s. Today there is a modest
population of people who live here year-round, and many original
structures, such as houses, buildings, and mine surface structures,
are still standing.
This small cemetery was the town cemetery since the mid 1880s
and includes a number of stones marking the graves of those who
fell victim to a diphtheria epidemic that struck Elkhorn in the
late 1880s. It has no new graves because of the many unknown and
unmarked graves. Currently, the cemetery is cared for by the Elkhorn
Landowner's Protective Association.
Please note that neither birthplaces nor death places were given
on many of the tombstones. Effort was made to record transcriptions
with proper adherence to spelling and abbreviations used on stones,
transcriptions are therefore reflective of the times in which
the markers were made.
I read this cemetery using a digital camera on Oct 14, 2004. This
file contains all known, visible and legible burials, although
unmarked graves are believed to exist. I have compiled this transcription
with special thanks to James and Nancy.
- N Foss
Averty, John L., b. not listed, d. Nov 7, 1888
Banta, Lanius B., b. not listed, d. Jan 15, 1889, our loved
one, Aged 16 Yrs 11 Mos
Barker, Anne Bowden, b. May 1, 1898, d. Jun 30, 1898, “Sleep
on in thy beauty thou sweet angel child, By sorrow unblighted,
by sin undefiled” Opposite side: “Like the dove to the ark, thou
hast flown to thy rest, from the wild sea of strife, to the home
of the blest", In loving memory of 2nd daughter of Thomas H. and
Anne Barker, Aged 5 years and 2 months, Barker on base scroll
Barnes, James H., b. Jan 6, 1861, d. Feb. 13, 1897, “Farewell
my wife and children all, From you a father Christ doth call”
Bell, Da" Fred W. Bell, b. Feb. 22, 1898, d. Nov 21, 1978,
“May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You Till We Meet Again”
Bell, Frances L., b. not listed, d. 6 Jul 1911, Aged 37
Bell, Fred, b. not listed, d. Dec. 13, 1938, Aged 82 Yrs
Bell, Thomas Leon, b. Aug. 10, 1955, d. Oct. 25, 1974,
“May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You, Till We Meet Again”
Bennetts, Lillian, b. Sep 30, 1891, d. Nov 21, 1891, shared
a stone with Richard N. Bennett
Bennetts, Richard N., b. Dec. 8, 1888, d. Nov 17, 1890,
sister on same stone, lamb on top
Cole, Goldie, b. not listed, d. Aug. 16, 1889, “Rest babe
on Jesus bosom, All free from care and pain, O'for more springs
may blossom/And we shall meet again”, Aged 5 yrs, and 5 mos
Dawe, Edward, b. Mar. 1, 1856, d. Dec. 25, 1896, “Farewell
my wife and children all, From you a father, Christ doth call”
Graeseth, Edward, b. 1907, d. 190?, None
Graeseth, Henerette, b. 1891, d. ?, None
Graeseth, Hogan Jr., b. 1900, d. 1901?, None, The Graeseths
are marked by a modern wood plaque, they are all listed on one
shared plaque, in one enclosure"
Graeseth, Hogan, b. 1850, d. ?, None
Green, Gunhilde E., b. Apr. 5. 1851, d. Mar. 23 1911, “Tho
lost to sight to memory dear”, foot stone says "Mother”, grave
beside John Green’s"
Green, John, b. Feb. 1, 1841, d. 22 Jun 1906, “Tho lost
to sight to memory dear”, Grave beside Gunhilde Green’s
Ham, Frankie, b. Feb. 25, 1891, d. not listed, “Safe in
the arms of Jesus”, Aged 3 years
Ham, Richard, b. Sep 9, 1852, d. Apr 20, 1897, “Anywhere
with Jesus is home sweet home”
Hardin?, E. Algeron, b. not listed, d. Jul 16, 1889, shares
stone with sibling
Hardin?, H. Merrill, b. not listed, d. Jul 17, 1889, Aged
6 Years, Shares stone with sibling, On adjacent downhill side
of stone: "Children of E.F.&I.E. Hardin”"
Hofmann, Can't read due to resolution, inscriptions enclosed
in "badge" shape, small white stone, shares enclosure with Elizabeth
Hofmann, Elizabeth M., can't read due to resolution, newer
stone, larger than husband's(?), shares enclosure with other Hofmann
Ketchum, Louis, b. not listed, d. Mar. 5, 1889, Adopted
son of F. & J. Foster, Aged 4 Yrs 17 Days"
Murray, Edward E., b. not listed, d. Sep 30, 1888, Son
of T. F. & L.M. Murray” "Aged 1 Yr 7 Mo 5 D's
Nelson, Albin, b. not listed, d. Sep 27, 1889, On uphill
side of stone: “These Lovely Buds so young and fair called hence
to early doom” On side opposite of this epitaph: “Just came to
show what sweet flowers, In paradise may bloom”, Shares stone
with Harry H. Walton. "Son of O. & A.M. Nelson, Aged 10 Yrs 10
Mos 22 Days
Nielson, Henry O., b. Mar. 1, 1862, d. Mar. 3, 1889, “The
praise of him who sleeps in earth, the pleasant memory of his
worth;/the hope to meet when life is past, shall cheer the sorrowing
heart at last.”
Opie, Annie, b. not listed, d. Jan 21, 1898, “Thy hands
are clasped upon thy breast, We have kissed thy lovely brow. And
in our aching hearts we?/know. We have no Darling now," “age:
1 Y'r 3 M's 16 Ds”
Roberts, Beatrice M., b. not listed, d. Jul 13, 1889, “Here
Rests the Sweetest Buds of Hope”, “Aged 3 Y's 6 M's 4 D's, Double
"arch" stone shared with sister, "Children of W.J. & S.J. Roberts”"
Roberts, Clara H., b. not listed, d. Jun 15, 1889, “Here
Rests the Sweetest Buds of Hope.”, “Aged 5 Y's 7 D's” "Shares
stone with sibling, Beatrice M. Roberts"
Robins, Rose, b. not listed, d. Apr. 3. 1889, “Gone ere
sin could blight or sorrow fade”, Aged 11 Y's 2 M's 18 D's
Tyack, Louisa, b. not listed, d. Oct. 17, 1897, “At Rest”,
wife of Thomas Tyack, Aged 48 Yrs, Shares enclosure with daughter(?)"
Tyack, Mamie Louise, b. not listed, d. Aug. 4, 1890, “Safe
in the arms of Jesus”, Dau. of Thos & Louise Tyack, Aged 8 Mos.
21 Dys, "Shares enclosure with Louisa Tyack (mother?)"
Walton, Harry H., b. not listed, d. Sep 27, 1889, On uphill
side of stone: “These Lovely Buds so young and fair,called hence
to early doom.” On side opposite of this epitaph: “Just came to
show what sweet flowers, In paradise may bloom”, Son of J.H. &
J. Walton, Aged 8 Yrs. 7 Mos 19 Days, shares stone with Albin
Wenstrom, Ada V., b. not listed, d. Jul 28, 1889, Dau.
of E. & A.R. Wenstrom Aged 4yr Mos 15Ds
Willey, Thomas John, b. not listed, d. May 23, 1890, “At
Rest,” Son of J. & E.A. Willey, Aged 3 days
Wys, Peter, b. 1824, d. 1872, “Discoverer of the Elkhorn
Mine”, Erected by the E.M.S. Club to the Memory of Peter Wys (newer
??, Unknown, no data, weathered wood maker with pointed
top, wood "bed" enclosure, shrub/tree growing on top of grave
??, Unknown, no data, wood stone with "coffin shape," quite
small, propped up with small pile of rocks, remains of wooden
paling surface structure, no other visible markers nearby
??, Unknown, no data, rough hewn mossy stone, no inscription,
??, Unknown, no data, double grave marked by two collapsed
wooden paling structures side by side
??, Unknown, no data, Missing a marker, large tree growing
atop grave, wooden fence enclosure missing slats on one side
??, Unknown, no data, rectangular wooden marker, too weathered
to read, with rocks arranged in rectangular surface shape
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