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Cemetery Name Latitude Longitude Other Information
Aurora Lutheran Cemetery 440212N 0930631W  
Aurora Township Cemetery 435900N 0930612W  
Berlin Cemetery 435401N 0931806W  
Bohemian Cemetery 435307N 0930959W  
Bohemian Cemetery 440038N 0931558W  
Bohemian Cemetery 440317N 0931226W  
Brase Cemetery 440214N 0932311W  
Clark Family Cemetery 435110N 0931251W  
Corpus Christi Catholic Cemetery 441001N 0932259W  
Crane Creek Cemetery 440731N 0931825W  
Dania Cemetery 440610N 0930644W  
Danish Cemetery 435422N 0930734W  
Danish Cemetery 435700N 0931937W  
Danish Cemetery 440031N 0931237W  
Deerfield Cemetery 440846N 0931913W  
Degner Cemetery 440130N 0931108W  
First Lutheran Cemetery 435143N 0931821W  
Forest Hill Cemetery 440538N 0931308W  
German Methodist Episcopal Cemetery 440028N 0930358W  
Grand View Memorial Gardens 440737N 0931442W  
Havana Cemetery 440424N 0930830W  
Holy Trinity Cemetery 435706N 0931109W  
Karsten Cemetery 440727N 0932349W  
Lemond Cemetery 440050N 0931859W  
Merton Cemetery 440952N 0930721W  
Moland Cemetery 441055N 0930401W  
Mueller Cemetery 440357N 0931949W  
Norwegian Lutheran Meraker Cemetery 440755N 0932048W  
Oak Hill Cemetery 440831N 0931459W  
Oak Mound Cemetery 435848N 0931448W  
Pontoppidan Lutheran Cemtery 435855N 0932344W  
Resurrection Cemetery 441004N 0931541W  
Riverside Cemetery 441005N 0931516W  
Sacred Heart Cemetery 440343N 0931336W  
Saint Ansgars Cemetery 435212N 0931317W  
Saint John Cemetery 440544N 0931313W  
Saint John's Lutheran Cemetery 440136N 0930353W  
Saint Paul's Lutheran Cemetery 440306N 0932314W  
Steele Center Cemetery 435935N 0931413W  
Summit Cemetery 435055N 0931245W  
Thompson Cemetery 440301N 0930546W  
Trinity Cemetery 441058N 0931822W  
Union Cemetery 435515N 0930651W  
Union Cemetery 441122N 0931436W  
Zion Lutheran Cemetery 435700N 0932045W  

Source: History of Rice and Steele Counties, Minnesota, Vol. II, Illustrated; Complied by Franklin Curtiss-Wedge (1910) transcribed by Susan Geist

Forest Hill Cemetery. The first Owatonna cemetery was established near the present depot of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul and Northwestern railroad lines, and remained there until the coming of the railroads in 1866. The property was then taken for right-of-way, and the city purchased a suitable site, located west of the river and north of city, and immediately began the removal of the bodies. These grounds were used for cemetery purposes until 1872, during which year he city became the owner of the present site of the Forest Hill cemetery, arrangements being made with the recently organized Forest Hill Cemetery Association whereby the city became the owners of the property, but left its control and management with the association. The association consists of all citizens owning lots in the cemetery, and a board of directors is elected yearly who render detailed reports to the city at regular intervals and attend to the maintenance of the grounds. Seth Hotchkiss and L. Bixby were respectively president and secretary of the first board, and signed the deed conveying the property to the city. The members of the present board are as follows: Dr. A. C. Searl, president; H. Schmidt, secretary; George R. Kinyon, treasurer; A. L. Sperry, Harvey S. Dartt, and Guy B. Bennett. H. Schmidt ranks first in length of service, having been a member since 1880, and secretary since 1888.

G. W. Shaw was the first actuary, and after several years was succeeded by S. N. Sergant who held the office up to 1891. T. J. Rions were then chosen, and remained in charge until the first of July, 1908, when F. W. Adams, the present actuary, assumed office.

Forest Hill cemetery is located on Mineral Springs avenue, a fifteen-minute walk from the heart of the city. It contains thirty acres of land, and is one of the most naturally beautiful spots in the state, being well elevated above the surrounding country and thickly covered with native tress which have been judiciously thinned. Model driveways wind in and out through the grounds, and the well-kept grass and flowers add to the charming effect, a general air of quiet and peace prevailing, making a fitting resting place for those gone before. Besides the city vault, installed about 1890, there are eight private vaults, many of them of rich and costly design. In 1892, the actuary’s house was built, situated just east of the grounds. The cemetery is thoroughly up-to-date in all its appointments. A fifteen hundred foot, covered drainage ditch is being put in at present, and a new road leading to the cemetery will be added after its completion.

Sacred Heart Cemetery. Forty-two years ago, the present Sacred Heart cemetery was inaugurated, five acres of land, situated about a mile and a half south of Owatonna, being purchased from Frank Kubista. Five more have been added during the past year, and the installation of a vault in the near future seems certain. The property is in the name of the Right Reverend Bishop Heffren, of Winona, but Father Pivo of the Sacred Heart church, together with an executive committee, consisting of John Lynard, Thomas Cashman, Charles Ringhofer and Andrew Parolik, have the management. The well-kept grounds and graves enhance the natural beauty of the place.

German Lutheran. The Owatonna congregation came into ownership of its present cemetery consisting of three and a half acres, located directly north of the Forest Hill cemetery, May 1, 1901, the property being purchased from the Forest Hill Cemetery Association at a cost of $750. Much of this amount had been previously raised by the sale of lots. A fence and other improvements have entailed an expenditure of over $100. The cemetery is under the direction of a board of managers, consisting of Fred W. Tuerk, president; William Hammond, secretary; John Martin, treasurer; Carl Kaspri, Charles Finger, Louis Wilker and Louis Wobbrock.

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