Williams, Lake of the Woods County, Minnesota
Lat: 48° 54' 37"N, Lon: 94° 56 22"W
Prosper Twp, T163N R33W Sec 30
Contributed by Marjorie Broten, Sep 11, 2009, last edited Dec 13, 2010 [email@example.com] Total records = 9.
The cemetery directions at Williams MN from the Junction of State Highway #11 & County Road #2 turn North, drive approx 8 miles watch for junctions of #11 & #53, from this point drive 1 mile further North. There will be a road to your right (east) which is #MMR290, a minimum maintenance road drive 1 mile to corner, turn north (left) here for .07 miles. Look (west) for a clump of posts wired together about 100 feet out from the original fence line that follows along the north to south road. This is the only readable Marble headstone of John W. Davis for a marking of this cemetery.
This once beautiful fenced around cemetery could be soon known only by a paper trail. One visible Marble headstone stands readable. There are 2 cement bases with missing headstones, 1 larger pad of concrete. The other headstones are gone, the caved in grounds behind each marker appears to be those of burials. These 7 graves lay in a row next to the only part of original fence left which was built for the cemetery from north to south, the lone readable grave is west about 100 feet from the fence line. Other fence posts now without wire had been placed about 15 feet apart going east to west putting the line between the 7 graves & the lone grave to the west.
Years ago the township was disorganized the cemetery became the property of Lake of the Woods County (the owner) the 3 sides of fence posts & wire are gone around the cemetery. The many grazing farm animals will in time destroy this one time peaceful resting place of those that have gone on before us. The damage to this cemetery is far greater than the benefit of the grazing of grasses by the cattle. The condition of the cemetery is in indescribable words, tramping of animals over the graves, manure piles being dropped wherever.
A walk thru was completed, readings of the only visible headstone & grave markers. This is completed transcript as of Sep 11, 2009. A digital camera has been used for pictures.
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