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  • Prairie Home and Riverside Cemetery Association Records (S855)

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  • Prairie Home and Riverside Cemetery Association Records (S855)
    1875-1993

    Historical Sketch

    The Prairie Home Cemetery Association was founded in 1875. It used land granted for cemetery purposes by the Lake Superior and Puget Sound Company, a townsite development company of the Northern Pacific Railroad. The Riverside Cemetery Association was apparently organized in 1884. The minutes of the Prairie Home Cemetery Association’s Secretary’s Record indicate that by 1887 the association was making arrangements to use land owned by the Riverside Cemetery Association. The records also indicate that by 1929 the two associations had formally merged. Because the records are incomplete, the exact date of the merger is not known.

    Collection Description

    This collection consists of one reel of microfilm plus hard copies for some of the journals. The microfilm edition contains the records of the Prairie Home and Riverside Cemetery Association, Moorhead, Clay County, Minnesota.

    The interment records contain the name of each person buried in the cemetery; date of birth and death and/or age; date of burial; cause of death; and the location of the grave. The records for the period 1929-1975 also include place of birth and death; sex; color; marital status; name of undertaker or funeral director; and name of nearest friend or relative. 

    Inventory

    Microfilm

    • Miscellaneous Papers*: Prairie Home Cemetery Association. Undated, 1920s-1934.
      •  Includes by-laws, lot diagrams, and treasurers' reports.
       
    • Vol. 1*: Prairie Home Cemetery Association.
      • Secretary's Records, 1875-1908.
      • Minutes, 1875-1908.
      • Record of Interments, 1875-79.
       
    • Vol. 2*: Prairie Home Cemetery Association. Record of Lots and Interments, 1887-1900.
      •  Includes an index to names and lots compiled by the Fargo Genealogical Society in 1971.
       
    • Vol. 3*: Riverside Cemetery Association. Record of Interments, 1884-1911; 1920s-76
    • Vol. 4*: Riverside Cemetery Association. Record of Lots, undated.
    • Vol. 5-7*: Prairie Home & Riverside Cemetery Association. Record of Interments, 1929-75.

    Hard Copies

    • Vol. 8: Prairie Home Cemetery Association. Ledger and Cash Receipts, 1900-29.
    • Vol. 9: Prairie Home & Riverside Cemetery Association. Record of Interments, 1900.
    • Vol. 10: Prairie Home & Riverside Cemetery Association. Record of Interments, May 1913-March 1922.
    • Vol. 11: Prairie Home & Riverside Cemetery Association. Record of Interments, August 1975-84.
    • Vol. 12: Prairie Home & Riverside Cemetery Association. Record of Interments, March 1985-93.
    • Vol. 13: Prairie Home & Riverside Cemetery Association. Record of Interments, undated.

    *Indicates copy on microfilm and hard copy.