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Becker County, Minnesota

Cemeteries






Alajoki Cemetery
Audubon Cemetery
Aura Cemetery
Baarstad Cemetery
Buffalo Lake Cemetery
Calvary Cemetery
Chilton Cemetery
Cook Family Cemetery
Elmwood Cemetery
Felker Family Cemetery
Grand Medicine Cemetery
Green Valley Cemetery
Immanuel Cemetery
Lake Eunice Cemetery
Lake Ida Cemetery
Lake Park Cemetery
Lakeside Cemetery
Lakeside Cemetery
Larson Cemetery
Linnel Cemetery
Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery
Mount Calvary Cemetery
Mount Olive Cemetery
Oak Grove Cemetery
Oak Grove Cemetery
Ogema Cemetery
Osage Cemetery
Palm Cemetery
Pickerel Cemetery
Sacred Heart Cemetery
Saint Marys Cemetery
Saint Theodores Cemetery
Snellman Cemetery
Spruce Grove Cemetery

 

OAK GROVE CEMETERY
Source: A Pioneer History of Becker County Minnesota, by Mrs. Jessie W. West & Alvin H. Wilcox (1907) Chapter XX; transcribed by Vicki Bryan 

The first move towards locating a Protestant cemetery at Detroit was made on the 24th day of April 1874. 

The citizens who took the lead in the matter were Judge Reuben Reynolds, Col. George H. Johnston and Rev. J. E. Wood. 

At the meeting held on the above date, it was decided to purchase ten acres of ground of Col. Johnston, who offered it at a low figure, to be located in the southeast corner of the northeast quarter of the northwest quarter of Section 27 of Detroit Township. 

I was employed to make the survey, and Swan Anderson and Russel Davis, a nephew of Mrs. Wilcox, were employed as my assistants. 

At the request of Judge Reynolds, who was clothed with authority to arrange for the survey of the grounds, it was decided that the blocks and lots, and streets and alleys should all be laid out in circles and winding curves, of various shapes and sizes to conform to the lay of the land, the driveways and walks to occupy the lowest ground, while the burial lots should occupy the more elevated locations, by which there would be a gentle slope from all the lots towards the alleys and walks. 

Owing to the intricate nature of the survey in laying out so many curves and circles the progress of the work was slow and tedious. A large part of the ground was covered with dense hazel brush, which also hindered the progress of the survey, so that two weeks were required to complete the work, but the plat of the survey made a beautiful map when finished. I wonder if the plat is still in existence. 

The first memorial service ever held in Detroit, I think, was held in a grove on these cemetery grounds, on the 30th of May 1874. I was engaged in this survey at the time, but suspended my work for awhile and listened to an address delivered by Judge O. P. Stearns, of Duluth. The only other person I now remember as being present on that occasion was Miss Amelia Brigham, now Mrs. J. H. Sutherland, who was then the teacher of the Detroit school. She was one of the singers. 

To the best of my recollection there were no graves there at that time to decorate, but there were two or three in the neighborhood that received appropriate attention. 

The burial of the dead in the new cemetery began immediately after it was surveyed, but as it was not enclosed for several years the stakes at the corners of the lots were knocked down, or had rotted away so that by 1880 but few of the lots could be located, and in the fall of 1882 a new survey was made by C. G. Sturtevant, by which all blocks, lots, streets and alleys were located on the right angled plan, which was much easier and more quickly done than laying out so many curves and circles.

 The Methodist church in Detroit was dedicated June 23rd, 1879.







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