These are gravestone inscriptions on cemeteries in Steele County up to 1972. 

The cover page of my source is shown below.




Griggs And Steele Counties

North Dakota


Part 1:  The Cemeteries Of Griggs County

Catalogued By Mrs. Claude M. (Myrtle Bakken) Freer And Mrs. R.E. (Rhoda Freer) Newman Unless Otherwise Noted On Cemetery Page.


Part 2:  The Cemeteries Of Steele County

Catalogued By Mrs. Claude Freer And Mrs. R. E. Newman.


We Thank The County Officials Of Both Counties Who Supplied Maps And Were Helpful To Us In Many Other Ways.  It Is Possible That A Few Stones Have Been Misread. Graves Were Sometimes Quite A Long Ways From Headstones.


Compiled And Edited For The Fargo Genealogy Society

Volume 3   1972


They mention above that it is possible that a few stones were misread.

I know some of these stones are in very poor condition and I'm sure they used their best guesses in many cases.

The stones would probably be almost impossible to read now.

My copy of their manuscript was also very difficult to read.

This was by far the most difficult scanning and OCR (optical character recognition) project I ever attempted.  I usually have much less than 1% OCR errors.  I had about 50% OCR errors with this document.

In some cases, it appears their typewriter ribbon was almost completely used up in the original manuscript and then became fainter over the years. 

Certain keys on their typewriter did not strike the paper propelrly.

When they made typing errors, they backspaced and typed over the erroneous character making it nearly impossible to read the characters in many cases.

I used my guesses on their manuscript in many cases.

I apologize for all mistakes.



Another page from their book is shown below.

"We Are Soon To Follow"

A People That Take No Pride In The Noble Achievements Of Remote Ancestors Will Never Achieve Anything Worthy To Be Remembered With Pride By Remote Descendants. "



“We Are Soon to Follow“

Philadelphia, Pa.
February 23, 1756

I CONDOLE WITH YOU. We have lost a most dear and valuable relation. But it is the will of GOD, and nature that these mortal bodies be laid aside, when the soul is t0 enter into real life.  This is rather an embryo state, a preparation for living. 

A MAN is not completely born until he is dead.  Why then should we grieve that a new child is born among the immortals, a new member added to their happy society? We are spirits. That bodies should be lent us, while they can afford us pleasure, assist us in acquiring knowledge, or in doing good become unfit for these purposes, and afford us pain instead of pleasure, instead of an aid become an encumbrance, and answer none of the intentions for which they were given, is equally kind and benevolent that a way is provided by which we may be rid of them. Death is that way.  We ourselves, in some cases, prudently choose a partial death. A painful, mangled limb which cannot be restored, we willingly cut off. He who plucks out a tooth parts with it freely since the pain goes with it, and he who quits the whole body parts at once with all pains and possible of pains and diseases which it was liable to, or capable of making him suffer.

OUR FRIEND and we were invited abroad on a party of pleasure, which is to last forever. His chair was ready first, and he is gone before us.  We could not all conveniently start together; and why should you and I be grieved at this, since WE ARE SOON TO FOLLOW, and know where to find him ?

Benjamin Franklin





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