in Dakota Soil: Prairie Cemeteries of Bon Homme County, South Dakota
By Maxine Schuurmans Kinsley
Bon Homme County Abandoned and Restoration Cemetery Association,
South Dakota, 80 pages, softcover
The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection is pleased to provide
this work of Maxine Schuurmans Kinsley, Yankton, South Dakota. Kinsley's
work presents a valuable contribution to the historical publications
of the era of Dakota Territory especially relating to the importance
of churches and religion in southeastern South Dakota. Bon Homme
County is important in the history and culture of the first Germans
from Russia settlements in Dakota Territory.
In 2005, the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection published,
Churches of Bon Homme County, Dakota Territory: A Varicolored Tunic,
authored by Maxine Schuurmans Kinsley.
The Dedication by the author reads: "This book is dedicated
to the pioneers whose courage and faith sustained them as they lived
and died on the nurturing soil of Bon Homme County."
The back of the book states: "Twenty-four of thirty-one Bon
Homme County Cemeteries continue in use. The Bon Homme County Abandoned
and Restoration Cemetery Association founded in 1990, identifed
an additional sixteen totally abandoned pioneer burial grounds.
Painstaking research revealed intriguing details."
The Table of Contents includes: Early map and brief history of
Bon Homme County; 1912 outline map of Bon Homme County; map of Abandoned
and Active Cemeteries; and Bon Homme County Courthouse.
These are the chapters: 1) Roots in Dakota Soil; 2) Bon Homme County
Abandoned and Restoration Cemetery Association; 3) Abandoned Cemeteries
in Bon Homme County; 4) Potters Field and Other Traditions; and
5) Tombstones, Epitaphs, and Tables. There is a List of Abandoned
and Active Cemeteries in Bon Homme County as well as an index.
family grave markers, Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery.
separate three major sections of the sprawling Vesper Cemetery.
burial lots flank the original St. Wenceslaus chalkrock church.
Numerous iron crosses
stretch upward in the Vodnany Cemetery. Saints Cyril and Methodius
Church was moved to Broom Tree Retreat and Conference Center
near Irene, South Dakota, on Novmeber 28, 2006.
Roots in Dakota Soil: Prairie Cemeteries of
Bon Homme County, South Dakota
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