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Sparta in Monroe County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Wisconsin Child Center Cemetery

 
 
Wisconsin Child Center Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
June 2008
1. Wisconsin Child Center Cemetery Marker
Names of the children are listed to the left and right of inscription.
Inscription.  On the 223 acres which surround this peaceful place, many hundreds of children whose young lives were touched by tragedy and misfortune lived here at the Wisconsin Child Center, formerly known as the State Public School for Dependent and Neglected Children. From 1886 to 1976, the numerous buildings and playgrounds provided the temporary homes for these many generations of children.

Some were orphaned, while others were born to families without resources to care for them. Some spent their entire childhood here, while others lived here only briefly. This cemetery is the final resting place for 305 children who were unclaimed at their deaths, many of whom passed away during epidemics of influenza, scarlet fever, diphtheria and polio in the days before vaccines were available. In keeping with the custom of the time, their graves were identified only by number. Yet the memory of these precious children lives on and in that loving spirit they are now given their names for all time.

May God bless these children
and give them eternal peace.

                            June Laxton

 
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marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites. A significant historical year for this entry is 1886.
 
Location. 43° 57.072′ N, 90° 47.478′ W. Marker is in Sparta, Wisconsin, in Monroe County. Marker can be reached from East Montgomery Street, 0.4 miles east of Angelo Road (Wisconsin Highway 21). Marker is located at the Sparta Municipal Golf Course. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1210 East Montgomery Street, Sparta WI 54656, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Civil War Cannon (approx. 0.9 miles away); Sparta Free Library (approx. 1.1 miles away); U.S. Post Office (approx. 1.1 miles away); Masonic Lodge (approx. 1.2 miles away); Monroe County Courthouse (approx. 1.2 miles away); Fort McCoy South Post Gates (approx. 3.1 miles away); Coulee Country (approx. 5.3 miles away); The Driftless Area (approx. 5.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sparta.
 
Regarding Wisconsin Child Center Cemetery. In 1982 a nearby (then 9-hole) golf course was expanded to 18 holes on this adjoining land that was once the home of the Wisconsin State Child Center. The cemetery is accessible to non-players, provided they check in at the club house first.
 
Wisconsin Child Center Cemetery image. Click for full size.
June 2008
2. Wisconsin Child Center Cemetery
Wisconsin Child Center Cemetery Memorial image. Click for full size.
June 2008
3. Wisconsin Child Center Cemetery Memorial
Dedicated to the memory of 300 Children
Wisconsin State School for Dependent Children
1887 — 1976
Sparta Public Golf Course image. Click for full size.
June 2008
4. Sparta Public Golf Course
Cemetery can be seen in the background.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 19, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,748 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 19, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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