Remembering Past Enhances Present, Future
Krueger, Gerald "Jerry." "Remembering Past Enhances Present, Future." Aberdeen American News, 26 June 2006.
Celebrations are a time for fun for everyone. Our town's 125th
this summer has all the makings of a grand old time. A time of remembering
and of measuring the progress of our population is always a pleasant
We will recall the influence that changes have had on us; how our
and relatives who have gone before us touched our lives personally,
their contribution to making things better for us all. There will
undoubtedly be many visits to area cemeteries to honor and remember
many who made this country, this area and especially this town,
what it is
Taking time to look back and remember is a right of passage we
have earned by our added years. We should never forget those who
before us and the influence their lives had on ours.
Mary Ann and I had a delightful time recently when a distant cousin
his wife took the time to come meet us, become friends and to recall
instances in the past when our lives touched.
It is humorous to note that sometimes it almost seems like there
parallel lives. Our newfound relatives, Doug and Debbie Kreuger
Chicago, have much in common with us. Doug's parents names are Gerald
Mary Kreuger. Doug and I share the same heritage - my grandmother
great-grandmother, even if our surnames are spelled differently
We took Doug and Debbie on a tour of our common ancestors' birthplace,
and, of course, to the cemetery where they are buried.
As we walked amongst the graves of this rural cemetery, we became
unmarked graves and neglected grave sites. Still other graves were
with engraved headstones.
Very few people pay attention to many rural cemeteries scattered
throughout the area. How sad. There are many great, fantastic people
resting in those cemeteries who deserve better.
Mary Ann and I were heartened recently when we were contacted by
Eureka resident Duane Stabler. He has compiled a list - perhaps
be referred to as a very large book - of every known grave in McPherson
County. It is an all-inclusive book with background about each cemetery,
narratives about communities and photos of each cemetery in McPherson
County. The book even lists the cause of death, if known. It must
taken years to compile this very impressive publication.
As you read through the listings, you can't help but wonder where
world Stabler got all of the energy and wherewithal to create the
publication. This book will assist McPherson County families in
knowing where each family member is buried in the county.
We are thankful that people exist who make the effort to keep memories
alive for the ages.
Gerald "Jerry" Krueger is a retired educator, coach,
commercial pilot and farmer. He can be reached by writing the American
News at P.O. Box 4430, Aberdeen, S.D. 57402, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
His column publishes most Mondays.