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Rice Lake cemetery Hans Johnson

Rice Lake cemetery Hans Johnson

Trudy Thompson (View posts)
Posted: 1111201362000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Johnson
Does anyone know if there is a on line database for this cemetery? I have found out that my Grandfather is buried in a family lot. His name is Hans Johnson wifes name was Selma Nelson Johnson. He died 12/31/1947 and was buried on 01/05/1948 .

Also looking for the name of the High School in Braham that a student would of attended in 1938 39 40 41 42.

Re: Rice Lake cemetery

Posted: 1111333410000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1164596994000
I don't know of any On-Line databases for Isanti County cemeteries. The Isanti County Historical Society [] does have transcription records for quite a few of the cemeteries, but I don''t think Rice Lake is one of them.

I was told that the ROCK-MANKIE funeral home in Braham has all of the Rice Lake cemetery records. (320) 396-2121, 120 Broadway Ave S, Braham, MN 55006 -

Braham has a web page with a link for high school alumni, you could check there for school info:

This is some of the information I have about Rice Lake Cemetery from my files:
Rice Lake Cemetery
aka: Braham Lutheran Cemetery and Rice Lake Lutheran Cemetery

OLDEST STONE:Johan D. SMITH (16 Jan 1864-19 Sept 1883), earliest burials were in 1880: Marie O. OLSON in Sept and Ida C. LOFGREN in Oct.

TOWNSHIP:Stanchfield Twp
LATITUDE:45º 43’41” (454341N / 45.728ºN)
LONGITUDE: 93º 13’ 04” (0931304W / 93.218ºW)

DIRECTIONS: ** From Highway 95 in Cambridge, head north on Highway 65 for about 11 miles. Turn right (east) on County Road 4 (Rice Lake Road NE - Braham exit). The cemetery is on the north side of the road.
* On Cty Rd 4 between 24 & 36 northwest of Braham, east of Rice Lake.
* Located just east of Highway 65 on County Road 4.
* From Braham West 2.5 miles on County Road 4.

* From the Church History Book ~ 1969: “When Rice Lake Church property was originally purchased, alsmost 40 acres were set aside for the church cemetery. In 1907 the grounds were systematically plotted with the help of Pastor RENIUS. It is renowned as a most beautiful rural cemetery and credit for this must be given to our foresighted members who at an early date established perpetual care and other governing regulations. In recent years the late Edwin JOHNSON, and his brother Elmer contributed toward its beauty as caretakers and it is now ably cared for by John SPLETTSTOESSER. In 1958 Edwin Johnson was given recognition for his twenty years of faithful service. Memorial services are held each June when the peonies are at the height of their bloom The earliest burial recorded were in 1880. Marie O. OLSON was laid to rest in September and Ida C. LOFGREN in October. Nels PERSON and Karl WALQUIST are registered earlier in the book, but no dates are available. There have been 897 burials through April 28, 1969.”

*From “Isanti County Minnesota, an Illustrated History” by Vernon Bergstrom & Marilyn McGriff. c1985. (church history): BRAHAM EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH - Organized in 1879 at Rice Lake, west of Braham. Moved to Braham in 1899 and built a chapel the following year. A larger church was built in 1907. It was destroyed by fire due to lightening in September 1985. Congregation merged with the one at Rice Lake in 1932. // RICE LAKE LUTHERAN CHURCH - Forerunner of the Braham Ev. Lutheran Church. Organized in 1879 at site of Rice Lake Cemetery just west of Braham. Continued as a separate congregation until 1932 when it merged with the Braham congregation. Marker in cemetery commemorates the church.

* From “A Guide to Swedish Sites in Kanabec and Isanti Counties” text by Marilyn McGriff 1996.: RICE LAKE CEMETERY - Known for its beautiful display of peonies in June, this cemetery is the site of the former Rice Lake Lutheran Church, a forerunner of the Lutheran church in Braham. A marker in the cemetery commemorates the church, which was organized by Swedish immigrants in 1879. In 1932, it merged with the larger Braham congregation. Located just east of Highway 65 on County Road 4.


Re: Rice Lake cemetery Hans Johnson

Posted: 1114319322000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1163970216000
I have two photographs of unknown Johnson / Johansson relatives in Isanti County, Minnesota. You can view them at the two below web addresses:

Re: Rice Lake cemetery

Trudy Thompson (View posts)
Posted: 1114424360000
Classification: Query

Thank you so much for all the information.


Re: Rice Lake cemetery

Posted: 1116809540000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1133667087000
Jodi - I was looking thru the board messages for Isanti and came accross your note. You gave quite a bit of information regarding the Rice Lake cemetery which was interesting to me since many of my relatives grew up in Braham and are buried there. I was particularly interested in your notes from the church history book. You talk about Edwin and Elmer Johnson who were caretakers of the cemetary, they were also my great uncles, my grandmother Bertha (Johnson) Olson was their sister. Since I live in the Minneapolis area, I look forward to a trip to search out their graves.

P.S. If you have any other information about Edwin and Elmer I'd sure appreciate it.

Thanks again.

Re: Rice Lake cemetery and Isanti cemetery tour

Posted: 1116809982000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1164596994000
I don't have any further information about your Johnson uncles or Rice Lake Cemetery.

The Isanti County Historical Society is having a cemetery tour in June and Rice Lake is one of the cemeteries on the tour. Here is the blurb from their web page regarding the tour:

Saturday, June 11, 2005
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

You've heard of progressive dinners. You've probably even heard of progressive art tours. But have you ever heard of a progressive cemetery tour?

That's what the Isanti County Historical Society has in the works for this coming spring on the second Saturday in June. Call it a peony progression -- when all of our cemeteries are arrayed in nature's finest. What better time to visit the graves of loved ones and perhaps learn more of the history of the other residents of your favorite cemetery as well. And by all means visit more than one cemetery on Saturday! We can't hit all 40-plus cemeteries in the county, but will start out this year with eight. Next year, more...

Volunteers from local churches and cemetery associations will be happy and willing to help you look into the records and history of each plot. In the evening we are planning a 6:00 box dinner at the Isanti County Heritage Center, followed by a slide presentation at 7:00pm by our eminent past director, Marilyn McGriff, on "Those Old Tombstones". So, rain or shine, there will be something for all. Also, refreshments will be available at each site.

So, how does a progressive cemetary tour work? During the hours of 10am and 4pm you will be free to visit any of the following cemeteries, on your own schedule and in your own vehicle. Some of the retirement homes and other groups in the community are furnishing a vehicle for their residents -- check with your facility.

We will be providing a pamphlet (for a small cost) with information on the tour. The pamphlets will be available at the ICHS Heritage Center the week prior to the event, and will also be available at each cemetery.

Please let us know by Monday, June 6th, if you'd like to join us for the box dinner. Meal cost is $5.00 per person. You can email us at or call us at 763-689-4229.

Cemeteries on the 2005 tour will include:

North Maple Ridge Covenant Church Cemetery
South Maple Ridge Covenant Church Cemetery
St. John's Lutheran Church of Weber Cemetery
St. John's Lutheran Church of Bradford Cemetery
Zion Lutheran Church of Crown Cemetery
Rice Lake Cemetery of Braham
Elm Park Cemetery (Socialist Cemetery)
Cambridge State Hospital Cemetery
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