Sherbrooke Cemetery

By / March 5, 2014 / Sherbrooke, ND

We shot these photos of Sherbrooke Cemetery during a visit to the nearby ghost town and namesake, Sherbrooke, North Dakota, in Steele County in October of 2013.

Sherbrooke, North DakotaThe Oxton family name was common in this cemetery.

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This cemetery was established in 1899 by Sherbrooke Methodist Church which has long since vanished from the town site.

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The Hildebrandt family.

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Look at those birth dates. These are some of the oldest headstones we’ve seen for such a nice, easily-accessible cemetery. Many times you don’t see the really old ones unless you visit a derelict cemetery.

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This child’s gravesite had a simple metal nameplate that had only the letters DRAEN on it.

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The Verwest family plot.

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Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC

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Lynn Mickelson

Is nice to see an ‘old’ cemetery so well kept up. Yes, a true ‘garden of memories’ for some families of so long ago. I wonder what did these folks do in their lifetime? How many kids did they have and are some of those kids still alive? Are the great or great-great grandkids still in the general area? I look at the very well kept grounds and compare that to some of the ones today that are a part of an active congregation and see some of those in very sad and unkept conditions…..weeds growing, gopher mounds, ‘should have been mowed 2 months ago and the like. In most churches that I know of, there is usually a huge supply of $$$ in the “cemetery fund”, but a lack of caring and upkeep. It really bothers me to see stones nearly tipped over or footstones (or shallow headstones) getting nearly overgrown with sod. I am sure that is not the way our ancestors wanted us to remember them. I have mentioned to various church officials that it would maybe be a good summer job for some of our youth to be hired to dress up our cemeterys some by filling in the dips and lifting up some of these long forgotten footstones before they are completely grown over. Maybe even an Eagle Scout project??

Lynn Mickelson

Richard W Smith

I last visited with my parents enroute to a family reunion. We visited relatives in the area and stopped at the cemetery where my aunt was buried in ’81. The families of those buried in the past and in more recent years remain interested. There is a Sexton (somewhere in the house I have his business card) employed to maintain and assist in burials.


I love, love , love old cemeteries. So much history and love many of the readings on the stones. I live in a town that was incorporated in the 1600’s so there are many and the stones are so beautiful.

And I agree with you Lynn that so many are neglected, so sad. I have seen exactly that where boy scouts have taken on the project of cleaning them up. At least someone is willing to do it.

Thanks for this post!

Lee Ellison

Love the old cemeterys. My family is buried at the old Perkins cemetery that is west of St. Anthony. Church is long gone but someone still cuts and trims the grass out on the praire. Great pics as always guys!!!


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