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Masonic Cemetery
Twin Bridges, Madison County, Montana

Lat: 45° 32' 34"N, Lon: 112° 18' 44"W

Contributed by Pam Burchfield, Jul 04, 2006 [ouroots@yahoo.com]. Total records = 38.

To reach this cemetery drive east out of Twin Bridges, on Third Ave, for less than a mile. Cemetery is on the right/south side of the road, which is north of the airport.

This old cemetery was established about 1901 by the Masonic Temple. After about 1973 it has been abandoned. This cemetery houses its founding members of the area.

Within the past year the cemetery was boxed in with a fence and now there is a ranch that is using the area to graze their cattle in the fenced area. Unfortunately the gate to the cemetery was left open and the cattle have been roaming freely on top of the graves as well as depositing what they ate on some of the headstones. Some local kids in the area use the cemetery for their parties leaving their evidence behind as well as tipping and breaking the gravestones.

There are several rock and stick markers too numerous to count and be accurate, one just says 'Baby' another unmarked grave.

I walked and read this cemetery on Jun 25, 2006. This includes all existing and legible stones and markers.

- Pam Burchfield

Bushnell, Lucy, b. 1883, d. 1967, s/w husband Ralph H., Eastern Star Symbol
Bushnell, Ralph H., b. 1878, d. 1918, Comp. L 1st Montana US Vol. 1898-1899, s/w wife Lucy, Masonic Symbol
Counter, Charles C., b. 1875, d. 1945, “Brother”
Counter, Fred T., b. 1848, d. 1936, “Father”
Counter, Sarah C., b. 1855, d. 1921, “Mother”
Dickey, William, b. 29 Apr 1829, d. 14 Dec. 1917, Masonic Symbol
Edwards, Arthur, d. 1 Dec 1935, Montana Corp 160 Inf 40 Div
Edwards, Walton D., b. 1906, d. 1925, “At Rest”
Gains, Rose, b. 1903, d. 1973, “Sister”
Galahan, George B., b. 1874, d. 1931
Galahan, Harrison, b. 1888, d. 1918
Galahan, Isabella, b. 1848, d. 1925, s/w husband Wm. J., Eastern Star Symbol
Galahan, Walter, b. 1887, d. 1919, “Gone but not forgotten”
Galahan, Wm. J., b. 1844, d. 1917, s/w wife Isabella, Masonic Symbol
Grayson, Shields N., b. 10 Jul 1849, d. 12 Sep 1928
Guston, Melvin D., b. 1911, d. 1930, Family Coat of Arms
Heller, Clare E., b. 1876, d. 1946, “Mother”, Eastern Star Symbol & VFW Ladies Auxiliary
Heller, William D., b. 1869, d. 1938, “Father”, Masonic Symbol
Heller, Willis G., b. 1906, d. 1938, Masonic Symbol
King, James, d. 2 Jun 1916
MacDuffie, William J., b. 1888, d. 1921
Maier, Howard Dale, b. 26 Aug 1926, d. 14 Jun 1927
Noyd, Henry F., b. 1864, d. 1929, Masonic Symbol
Nyhart, Francis A., d. 10 Apr 1933, Pvt 62 Infantry
Pollinger, George A., b. 1855, d. 1928, “Father”
Pulver, Emma S., b. 4 Jun 1896, d. 4 Jun 1922, Eastern Star Symbol
Pulver, George A., b. 30 Sep 1892, D. 15 Dec 1964, Montana Y1 US Navy WWI
Pulver, Julia, b. 1884, d. 1963, Eastern Star Symbol
Reed, Daisy Dean, b. 1887, d. 1951, “Wife”, Eastern Star Symbol
Sommers, Fred W., b. 1869, d. 1964, Masonic Symbol
Sommers, Gertrude M., b. 1879 d. 1919
Stalcup, Jennie J., b. 11 Oct 1885, d. 12 Dec 1918, s/w Ruth A. & Wynne I.
Stalcup, Ruth A., b. 2 Nov 1891, d. 12 Dec 1918, s/w Jennie J. & Wynne I.
Stalcup, Wynne I., b. 15 Jan 1895, d. 13 Dec 1918, s/w Jennie J. & Ruth A.
Traufler, N. J., no dates
Whipple, Charles R., b. 1861, d. 1940, Masonic Symbol
Whipple, Charles R., b. 25 Feb 1831, d. 9 Mar 1916, “At rest In my fathers house are many mansions”
Whipple, Hannah J., b. 14 Dec 1835, d. 12 Dec 1901, w/o C.R. Whipple, “At rest In my fathers house are many mansions”

 

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