Farm Horizons, October 2014
Swedish Lutheran Cemetery is located south of Lester Prairie
By Aaron Schultz
This is the Herald Journal’s second installment of looking at rural cemeteries from our readership area.
This time, we’ll take a snapshot of the Swedish Lutheran Cemetery, which is located just about two-and-one-half miles south of Lester Prairie on Bergen Road.
The cemetery is a church burial ground, and the small church still exists on the property.
Overall, the cemetery, which is inactive, is not in the greatest of conditions.
The grounds are well-maintained, and there is a fence around the cemetery, but many of the headstones are in poor condition, with several of them broken, illegible, and sunken.
Looking at the legible headstones, from a cemetery reading in 2003, the last person to buried at the Swedish Lutheran Cemetery was Elmer Theodore Upgren in October 1961.
While I was unable to locate when the cemetery first was established, the earliest a person was buried there, according to records, was in 1873.
John A. Stark was the person buried at the Swedish Lutheran Cemetery in 1873.
The Swedish Lutheran Cemetery, as you’ll see below with the list of names on headstones, is dominated by a few names.
The most prevalent name to reside at the cemetery is Burtman, along with Johnson, Stark, and Upgren.
Back in April 2003, Laura and Jessica Pruden did a cemetery reading at the Swedish Lutheran Cemetery, and the list from that reading is below.
All existing and legible headstones, last updated April, 2003
LAST; FIRST; DOB; DOD; COMMENTS
ANDERSON; Ida Mary;15 Jul 1801; 31 Oct ____; w/o A. G. Anderson
BURTMAN; FAMILY PLOT HEADSTONE
BURTMAN; Andrew; 10 Oct 1828;11 Apr 1906; same stone as Johanna
BURTMAN; Charles E.; 1864; 1899
BURTMAN; Edor A.; 1878; 5 Oct 1925; brother
BURTMAN; Elsie Amanda; 1868; 21 Mar 1944; sister
BURTMAN; Emily L.; 29 Nov 1888; 6 Feb 1889; d/o J & G Burtman
BURTMAN; Gunhild E.; 1844; 1932; Mother
BURTMAN; H.E.; small stone with initials H.E.B., no dates
BURTMAN; Hannah C.; 1842;1937
BURTMAN; Henry E.; illegible; illegible; s/o J & G Burtman
BURTMAN; Huldah Christine; 1874; 11 Jan 1953
BURTMAN; J. Adolph; 15 Jun 1821; 12 Mar 1895; s/o A & H Burtman
BURTMAN; Jennie S.; 25 Sep 1865; 3 Jul 1901; d/o A & H Burtman
BURTMAN; Johanna; 29 Oct 1830; 21 Sep 1916; same stone as Andrew
BURTMAN; John P.; nd; 28 Feb 1882; 50y8m12d
BURTMAN; John P.; 1831; 1881
BURTMAN; Jonas M.; 1837; 1932;Father
BURTMAN; Lorent T.; nd; 27 Dec 1882; 8y11m6d s/o J & G Burtman
BURTMAN; Malinda; 7 Jan 1881; 20 Oct 1963; Nurse, Army Nurse Corps, WWI
BURTMAN; Mary J.; 1866; 1932; Daughter
BURTMAN; Oscar Adean; 21 Oct 1874; 13 Feb 1960; brother
JOHNSON; Bennett E.; nd; 20 May 1882; 1y8m19d s/o J. & B. Johnson
JOHNSON; Emma M.; 15 Dec 1873; broken off; d/o J. & B. Johnson
JOHNSON; G. Bennett; nd; 11 Jul 1876; s/o J. & B. Johnson
JOHNSON; Gustave; 1823; 1893; same stone as Maria C.
JOHNSON; Maria C.; 1828; 1881; same stone as Gustave
MOBERIC; Arthur F; nd; 25 Jul 1__8
MOBERIC; Gemil; 12 Jul 1877; 13 Jul 1887; RA L Mobric(?)
NEWMAN; Agnes J.; 6 Nov 1880; 30 Sep 1897; daughter, same stone as Charles and Matlida
NEWMAN; Charles E.; 13 Oct 1855; 1 Oct 1897; Father, same stone as Matilda and Agnes
NEWMAN; Hodvig F. J.; 7 Feb 1826; 16 May 1897; Fod: Bjorkina D.
NEWMAN; Matilda S.; 10 July 1857; 23 Feb 1893; mother, same stone as Charles and Agnes
PETERSON; Jonas; nd; 16 Apr 1876; 49y, broken stone behind church
PETERSON; Jonas; nd; 16 Apr 1876; 49y, same stone as Liva J.
PETERSON; Liva J.; nd; 9 Feb 1916; 77y3m0d, same stone as Jonas
STARK; August; 17 Jan 1831; 12 Apr 1907; same stone as Mathilda C.
STARK; G.M.; small stone with initials G.M.S., no dates
STARK; Glaes? M.; 2 Jul 1802/62; 2 Jun 1880; s/o August Stark
STARK; John A.; nd; 22 Apr 1873; s/o G. & H. A. Stark
STARK; M.E.; small stone with initials M.E.S., no dates
STARK; Mathilda C.; 10 Nov 1835; 29 Oct 1887; same stone as August
UPGREN; Clarence A.; 29 Aug 1900; 10 Mar 1901; s/o E & J, Our little boy sleeps secretly here
UPGREN; Edmund L.; 4 Feb 1877; 3 Dec 1901; s/o Mr & Mrs J. P. Upgren
UPGREN; Elmer Theodore; 25 July 1873; 6 Oct 1961
UPGREN; Hedvig U.; 6 Jan 1832; 4 Nov 1925; same stone as John P.
UPGREN; John P.; 20 Oct 1820; 10 Jul 1907; same stone as Hedvig U.
UPGREN; Menster; 1869; 1947