Five of Scotty Philip's children preceded him in death and were
buried in the locations in which the death occurred. In order to have the children buried
together, Scotty selected a site on his ranch west of the Missouri River. He laid out his
family's resting place, completing the work on Jul 22, 1911. Early in the morning of Jul
23, Scotty Philip himself died. Three days later, on Jul 26, he was laid to rest in the
Scotty had belonged to the Masonic Lodge in Ft. Pierre. In 1934 his
widow, Sarah Philip, granted the land on which the Cemetery is located to the Hiram Lodge
#112 A.F. & A.M. of Ft. Pierre with the understanding that at least a portion
of the premises would be used as a Cemetery.
In 1937 the Masonic Cemetery Association was formed. The land was
divided into 3 sections, Masonic, Protestant and Catholic. It is easily reached by a
gravel road from Highway 1804. There in a shaded, fenced plot are buried many
members of the Philip family. There too, can be found names of many of the Ft. Pierre area
residents. All rest on the hillside overlooking the Missouri River.
The burial records were obtained from Bev Stoeser, Stanley County
Register of Deeds. You may contact her at, PO Box 596, Fort Pierre, SD 57532 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone 605-223-7786, for any possible additional information
I transcribed this cemetery in May 2002.
WWI=World War One
WWII=World War Two
SpAm=Spanish American War
- Tina Stallman