Rotary Cogwheel: Thursday, March 3, 2011
Today’s Program: Peter Schmelzer: My Life and Times (Braucher)
Happy Birthday: George Soule (3/3), Kevin Rodgers (3/4) and Pat O’Neill (3/5).
Next Week: Circles of Service with Jim Pokorney (Taylor)
Some friends of the Old Prairieville Cemetery, an abandoned cemetery two miles east of Faribault, shared their restoration efforts with us last week
Over three years time, Tim and Sue Lloyd and Peggy Kelly, all of Northfield, have made remarkable progress reclaiming sacred ground and the stories of the individuals who are buried there. The cemetery with its 65 plots was created in 1858 and abandoned sometime in the early 1930s. Some 70 years later, Tim Lloyd’s genealogical research led him to this space, and he, Sue and Peggy have adopted it.
Tim’s great, great, great grandfather Issac Barrick, who moved from Ohio to Minnesota in the mid-19th century, is buried there. His stone, and those of most every other occupant, were buried beneath a tangled mess of scrub, trees and weeds. With the help of Rice County, the land was cleared and grass planted. Fifty-six stones have been found and volunteers continue to improve the grounds. The cemetery boasts one veteran from the Civil War and one from the War of 1812.
The Lloyds have formed a non-profit corporation — Friends of Old Prairieville Cemetery — to help with the restoration. Donations are always appreciated. Their plan is to keep working on the project, until they can find an organization to take it over.
Guests: Nancy Halling (Prowe) and Michael Gunderson (Fenton)
Scholarship Enhancement: Judy Brown-Wescott
March 10 – Circles of Service, Jim Pokorney (Taylor)
March 17 – Tatiana Almoguera, Exchange Student (Bollinger)
March 24 – Therese Whitesong, Classification (Cashman)
Welcome Our Newest Members:
Devon Barnes, Beth Bergmans, Ryan Blumhoefer, Barry Carlson, Jim Holden, Michelle Lasswell, Tim Madigan,
Don Robertson, Betsy Spethmann and Roberto Zayas