Evergreen Cemetery / Earliest Evergreen Burials

Evergreen Cemetery / Earliest Evergreen Burials (HMOZ2)

Location: Menomonie, WI 54751 Dunn County
Country: United States of America

N 44° 53.324', W 91° 54.53'

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Evergreen Cemetery
In 1873, local lumber company Knapp, Stout & Company, Co. provided fifty-two acres to establish a proper burial site. They hired landscape architects, William Merchant Richardson French and Horace Shaler Cleveland, to design the cemetery. French's plan reflects the natural contours of the land and incorporating native trees and shrubs.

In 1904 the company transferred ownership to lot owners, who formed the Cemetery Association. Evergreen became an island when planners raised Lake Menomin for a new dam in 1955. The City built a causeway the next year. Evergreen Cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Contributors include: GMACF, Menomonie Patriotic Council, Menomonie Rotary Club, Olson Funeral Home, Schendel Family, Talen Trust, Thurin Family, & VFW Auxiliary.

Earliest Evergreen Burials
The single grave section of Evergreen Cemetery contains 1,111 graves though many are unmarked and others display monuments in poor condition. Most burials occurred before 1900 and written burial records tell us much about early life in Menomonie.

The many familiar local names reflect the predominant Norwegian and German heritage of the area. Burial records list illnesses and causes of death common between the 1870s and 1900s. About one-third of those buried here died as children, reflecting the high infant mortality and childhood disease rates of that period. Records reveal suicides, murders and mysterious deaths. Many died of epidemic diseases such as tuberculosis, cholera, typhoid, diphtheria and influenza, but only a few died of old age.

Erected 2009
Wisconsin Historical Society
HM NumberHMOZ2
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number526
Year Placed2009
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 4:13am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 586166 N 4971169
Decimal Degrees44.88873333, -91.90883333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 53.324', W 91° 54.53'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 53' 19.44" N, 91° 54' 31.80" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 363-365 Evergreen Cemetery, Menomonie WI 54751, US
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