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Roseau, Roseau County, Minnesota
Lat: 48° 51‘ 04"N, Lon: 95° 43' 26"W
Spruce Twp, T162N R39W Sec 17
Contributed by Marjorie Broten, Nov 17, 2009, last edited Apr 27,
Total records = 837.
The cemetery directions leaving Roseau driving east on Highway
11 for 2 miles, watch for County Road 28, turn left (north) drive
just a short ways you will see the cemetery on your right (east)
This cemetery was organized in 1890 approx 2 acres of land owned
by Nils Erick Nilson. Later on, more of this land needed to be
cleared & that was done by Otis Norman. Just recent another parcel
of land was donated by Orin & Gladys Messelts to increase to more
or less 4-5 acres.
It was first known by the name of the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran
Clara Church (a large rock with printed marker as the 1st church
in Roseau County being built of logs indicates the site of church).
The Church is no longer present at the cemetery.
Many of the 1st Swedish Pioneer names can be recognized here,
along with other nationalities as well. It is now called the Spruce
Cemetery, which holds ownership, is active, still being used for
burials, in good condition, & being maintained by perpetual care
giving, sale of lots, donations, volunteer work done by families
I did a completed walk thru, readings of all visible headstones
& funeral home markers (some grave sites no longer have grave
markers but with the sunken ground a grave site is evident). I
reviewed burial listing from the Spruce Cemetery. Burial Records
from the present caretaker Leroy Falk. Those recorded burials
not listed on my records are in brackets ( ) and now may no longer
have grave markers indicating a grave site.
This is my completed transcript as of Nov 16, 2009. 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
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