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Near Frederick in Brown County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

In Memoriam

In Memoriam Marker image. Click for full size.
September 17, 2022
1. In Memoriam Marker
Inscription.  On June 22, 1883 Mrs. Matt (Valborg) Hanhela became the first Finnish settler here to die (in childbirth). She and her infant son were the first to be buried here. Their grave is unmarked and unknown.

Ten acres of land for this cemetery and for the church, built in 1884, were given by Matt Hanhela. In exchange, forty homesteaders with oxen, horses and plows broke fifty acres of prairie sod for him.

Here also rest fifty-five souls whose wooden grave markers were destroyed in a prairie fire. Their names are recorded in the church, but their final resting places are known only to God.

Sleep you all who are here in peace and rest eternally in the garden of heaven.
"Pioneer Church Restoration Assoc."

Erected 1989 by Pioneer Church Restoration Association.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & ReligionSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is June 22, 1883.
Location. 45° 55.392′ N, 98° 23.88′ W. Marker is near Frederick
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, South Dakota, in Brown County. Marker can be reached from 101st Street, 0.2 miles west of 392nd Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Located in North Savo Apostolic Lutheran Cemetery, west of Finnish Apostolic Lutheran Church. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Frederick SD 57441, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Finnish Apostolic Lutheran Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Savo Hall (approx. 3.1 miles away); In Memory of the Finnish Pioneers (approx. 3.1 miles away); Savo Monument (approx. 3.1 miles away); South Dakota (approx. 6.3 miles away); The First Frederick School (approx. 8.3 miles away); Frederick, South Dakota Veterans Memorial (approx. 8.3 miles away); Philip Cain Gelling Homestead (approx. 9.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frederick.
Also see . . .  North Savo Apostolic Lutheran Cemetery - Find a Grave. (Submitted on September 24, 2022.)
In Memoriam Marker, from the south image. Click for full size.
September 17, 2022
2. In Memoriam Marker, from the south
Credits. This page was last revised on September 24, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 24, 2022. This page has been viewed 64 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 24, 2022.

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