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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, 2012 [mjbroten@wiktel.com]. 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 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, 2008

- Marjorie Broten

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