East Pepin Cemetery

Town of Albany, Pepin County, Wisconsin, USA


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I drive to East Pepin Cemetery?
  2. How can I search for a marker or monument?
  3. Where can I find more information about my ancestors who might have once lived in or near this area?
  4. Who photographed the graves and monuments and provided the information on this website?
  5. Who should be notified if I find errors or omissions?
  6. What is Wausau marble?  How can I learn more about the monuments and markers; the styles, traditions and fashions found in this and other cemeteries?
  7. How can I contact the Cemetery Association to volunteer, assist in maintaining the cemetery, or contribute to its upkeep?  What events occur during the year?
  8. Are there other pioneer cemeteries in the area?  How do I locate them?
  9. What pioneer parks or places can I visit with my children to help them learn about or visualize pioneer life locally?

How do I drive to East Pepin Cemetery?

From Minneapolis/St. Paul:  Drive east on Interstate 84; exit at Menomenie, Wisconsin.   In Menomenie, follow the signs to Highway 25 South (Durand).   It's a scenic, historical drive with scenic stops at the Caddie Woodlawn State Park, In Durand, watch for signs and take Highway 10 East (signs also say "Mondovi").  When you get to Mondovi, turn left (north) on Highway "H" and drive approximately 9 miles.  East Pepin Cemetery is on the right side of the road (east side of the road).

From Eau Claire, Wisconsin:  Take Highway 37 south to Highway 85.  Stay on Highway 85 to Rock Falls.  In Rock Falls, take Highway "H" south approximately 6 miles.  You will see East Pepin Cemetery on the left side of the road (east side of the road).  

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How can I search for a marker or monument?

Click on Index to Names, then follow the directions.  The list is alphabetical by surname (last name); if you are searching for a female, be sure to search by maiden name as well as married name.  Children may be buried by maternal grandparents or paternal grandparents.

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Where can I find more information about my ancestors who might have once lived in or near this area?

Ancestry - Indexes most census records; view actual pages of the U.S. census from 1790 to 1920; Wisconsin census information; marriage, birth and death information; information contributed by others - World Family Tree (may or may not be correct - but lets you know who else is researching your family and may have information, such as a family Bible, that you don't know about); immigration records; land records; application for citizenship and naturalization records; links to much more information.  Some free access and some by subscription.  Temporary free memberships for some information.  Connection to "surname bulletin boards" where you may connect with a far-flung relative also searching "your family name".  (One of Freda's favorite websites.)

Family Search - free access to 1880 census and many other genealogical databases.  Access to the world's largest genealogical repository in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Ability to access contributed family trees, or create and contribute your own (NOTE: quality of contributed family trees varies from well-documented and excellent to mere guesses or compilations of other people's information that is not documented at all -- but there is enough good information in the contributed trees to find a distant relative or two who is also researching your family tree from a different branch).  Free or nearly-free software may be ordered on-line.  Free or low-cost classes in researching your family history (beginning to advanced).  Links to Family History Libraries in your area where you may view microfilms of records (including books, published and privately published or low circulation family histories) and much, much more.  Site sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

RootsWeb - similar to sites above and below; includes US County Resources, Roots-L Resources: United States; and Find A Grave.  Lots of missing or incorrect information -- but just enough good information to keep you going back -- or even contributing additions or corrections!

WorldGenWeb or USGenWeb - some people enjoy this site immensely - it's similar to several above, and just in case this is the one and only site a distant relative contributed to, check it out!

WONDERFUL LOCAL WISCONSIN WEBSITES AND OTHER RESOURCES:

Area Research Center/University Archives - University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomenie, Wisconsin - "Preserving historical materials related to Barron, Dunn and Pepin counties. Its collection includes letters, diaries, local histories, maps and photographs; as well as county, township, school, and city records."  Helpful staff; names index on site and various indices online allow you to search for individuals mentioned in local newspapers from 1870s onward (see information available and newspapers names below by county).  After visiting the index online you may want to visit in person where you may view microfilmed newspapers and photocopy actual articles (for a nominal fee).  Expect to find articles about daily life, obituaries, notorious divorces, prominent marriages (or less so), church meetings including picnics and women's meetings, and stories about schools, students and graduates at all levels.  Many articles mention visiting out-of-town friends and relatives, who (in the area) they came to see, and where they were visiting from or returning or going to afterwards.  These articles are great help in helping those elusive married females who disappeared off your family history map when they married someone and moved away - here they reappear with spouse and children!  You'll also enjoy reading about anniversaries (such as Golden - 50th - anniversaries) and who attended the party (often including the visitor's relationship to the celebrated parents or grandparents); weddings (including names of guests and where they came from); veterans' reenactments and other activities of the  G.A.R. - Grand Army of the Republic - mention Civil War veterans and their relatives...and much, much more.  Even the advertisements are entertaining!   Links on this site connect you with:

Photos from the Knapp-Stout & Company - if your ancestors came to Dunn County or Pepin County in the 1840s through the 1870s, they may have worked for Knapp-Stout or provided products (beef, dairy products, farm produce) to feed the men who worked there.  Payrolls may list your ancestors.  Major events include logging in the Red Cedar Valley, history of Downsville and Dunnville, growth and death of towns, roads, railroads associated with logging, loggers and the people who supplied labor, food and supplies, and University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomenie. 

Searchable Indexes:

ARC Newspaper Index (announcements of births, deaths, anniversaries, probate notices listed in the local newspapers for Dunn, Pepin, Barron Counties from 1862-1930; actual publications housed in the University Archives)

County Court Records Index - Index to county records for Barron, Dunn and Pepin Counties 1855-1955; circuit court records, county court records, probates, naturalizations and Intent to Become a Citizen; funeral records, indexes to biographies.  Actual publications houses in the University Archives (most owned by the Wisconsin Historical Society).

Dunn County Cemetery Index - Headstone transcriptions of cemeteries in Dunn County, Wisconsin from 1850s to 1994 compiled by Dunn County Genealogical Society and UW-Stout University Archives.  Searchable index.  Look out for misspellings and missed information due to graves being covered with grass or difficult to read.  If you don't find the person you're looking for, try different spellings or the original handwritten cemetery records.  Not everyone had a headstone or marker -- but if buried, there may be a record somewhere.  HINT:  Obituaries in the local newspapers may cross-reference place of final rest.

Evergreen Cemetery Index - Headstone transcriptions of one of the largest cemeteries in Dunn County located in Menomenie.  The cemetery also provides maps and directions to graves -- but some old markers are entirely covered with grass and dirt, due to earth movement in thaws and freezes.  Don't be dismayed!  If a newspaper obituary or death certificate says a relative is buried here, get a map, find the major stones, then start looking for the sunken ones.  My cousin and I found several that way and were richly rewarded for our persistence (and patience) -- but wish we had brought gloves and better equipment to tidy up the markers.

University Publications Index (UW-Stout 1909-current student publications and alumni magazines - originals housed in University Archives)

Barron County Genealogy Records - website lists records available at UW-Stout Area Research Center for Barron County including Census (U.S. and State of Wisconsin), Death Certificates before 1907 (and statewide index), Birth Certificates before 1907 (and statewide index), Marriage Certificates before 1907 (and statewide index), Naturalization Records (including Intent to Become a Citizen), Probate Records, Church and Cemetery Records, Local History Books, Funeral Business Records, Tax Rolls, Plat Books and Index to Landowners 1888-1961, Circuit Court Case Files, Judgment Books, Local Newspapers (Rice Lake Chronotype, Barron County News-Shield) both indexed up to 1925 for births, deaths, marriages, divorces, etc.

Dunn County Genealogy Records - website lists records available at UW-Stout Area Research Center for Dunn County including Census (U.S. and State of Wisconsin), Death Certificates before 1907 (and statewide index), Birth Certificates before 1907 (and statewide index), Marriage Certificates before 1907 (and statewide index), Naturalization Records (including Intent to Become a Citizen), Church and Cemetery records ("all of Dunn County's cemetery headstones have been indexed"), Circuit Court Case Files, Judgment Books, Local History Books, School Records, Funeral Business Records, Tax Rolls, Plat Books and Index to Landowners 1877-1946, Probate Case Files, Local Newspapers (Colfax Messenger, Dunn County News, The Menomonie Times) indexed up to 1925 for births, deaths, marriages, divorces, etc.

Pepin County Genealogy Records - website lists records available for at UW-Stout Area Research Center for Pepin County including Census (U.S. and State of Wisconsin), Death Certificates before 1907 (and statewide index), Birth Certificates before 1907 (and statewide index), Marriage Certificates before 1907 (and statewide index), Probate Records, Tax Rolls, Plat Books, Local Newspapers (the Home Mirror, Weekly Times, Pepin County Courier, Durand Courier Wedge) indexed up to 1925 for births, deaths, marriages, divorces, etc.

History of University of Wisconsin-Stout - "Menomenie was one of the largest cities in western Wisconsin the 1890s - featuring 5,000 population, 5 newspapers, 12 hotels and boarding houses, several churches and numerous retail stores."  Learn about the gift from James Stout that started it all; the school that opened January 5, 1891; and see if an ancestor attended the classes in mechanic arts, domestic arts and art -- forward thinking education that included "manual training...for an hour a day without in any way detracting from the amount or quality of their lessons in the regular program (at grammar school and high school).   Includes photos of people and buildings, description of classes and more.

Buffalo County Historical Society - nice website including on-line access to obituaries and cemetery transcriptions for 26 cemeteries (an ongoing project -- lists growing all the time -- check it out now and come back later!), some very rural or private family plots.  If your ancestors came to Durand, they may have passed through Buffalo County on the way...or had relatives or friends there.  Address: 407 South Second St., PO Box 394, Alma, WI 54610.  If your ancestors lived in eastern Pepin County or even Rock Creek, Dunn County, they may have married in Mondovi, Buffalo County, and you'll find their marriage records in Alma (county seat of Buffalo County, Wisconsin).  Free access to a variety of websites.  Free download of Adobe Acrobat Reader to facilitate printing some forms.  Open 8 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday or by appointment by calling 608-685-6290.

Dunn County Historical Society - 1820 Wakanda Street, Menomonie, WI 54751.  Excellent website and sponsored activities, including contributions to UW-Stout archives mentioned above.

Pepin County Historical Society - address:  Washington Square, Box 74, Durand, WI 54736.  Low-cost annual (or lifetime) membership includes newsletter, meetings and annual picnic.  A friendly group of people whose ancestors were neighbors to your ancestors.  No website (yet).  They maintain the beautiful old Courthouse in downtown Durand which is now a museum.

Wisconsin Historical Society - how to find more prominent ancestors (but some who were not so prominent as well) - lots of interesting links - how to join the Wisconsin Historical Society - links, including those below:

Wisconsin Name Index - 150,000 Wisconsin obituaries and biographical sketches

Wisconsin Genealogical Research Service pre 1907 Wisconsin birth, death, marriage, and Civil War service records

Wisconsin Historical Images - see what the old towns looked like "way back then" from a birds-eye view - visualize daily life of your pioneer ancestors - this is a searchable site, but includes the following:

ALMA, Buffalo County, WI - 80 images, including numerous city views and closeups of named buildings, farms and vineyards, Women with Rifles (circa 1889), much more.

DOWNSVILLE, Dunn County WI - 3 images including Traveling Library in a General Store (1897)

DUNNVILLE, Dunn County - 2 images

DURAND, Pepin County - 16 illustrations or photographs including Durand from Morsbach Bluff 1900, Bird's Eye View of Durand 1910, Durand School Buildings, Durand Depot (train depot)

LOUISVILLE POST OFFICE - one photo of historical early post office - access to mail was a big improvement for early pioneers! 

MENOMENIE, Dunn County - 24 historical photos or illustrations from 1825 (Great Treaty Held at Prairie du Chien, 1825) onward, including Bird's Eye View of Menomonee...1875

MONDOVI, Buffalo County - 3 historical photos or illustrations including Birds-Eye View of the Village of Mondovi, 1877

READS LANDING, Minnesota - one photo of sidewheel rafter about 1870 - roads were poor and few, so early travel was by waterways.   When the railroad was finished, families could travel all the way to Prairie du Chien, then go by steamboat up the river, such as to Durand -- if the river was not filled with logs (often hidden) or sandbars.  Before railroads were built, roads were only walking paths and travel by riverboat was much easier both for transporting people and goods and even cattle.  This mode of travel was very common during the 1860s and 1870s when pioneers flocked to the area, drawn by the hope for inexpensive land, jobs in the timber industry, and a new place to live away from memories of the bitterly fought and just-concluded Civil War ("War of the Rebellion") which touched most American families.  Other steamboats included the Pete Scheckel.  For more views of steamboats - a common mode of transportation - search on the word "steamboat".

RED CEDAR - 2 photos, one of the famous steam train speeding over the trestle over the Red Cedar River - see if you can find the location when you hike the Red Cedar trail!

Wisconsin Civil War (War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865) Roster of Volunteers - may list your ancestor IF your ancestor enlisted while living in Wisconsin.  If your ancestor served but enlisted elsewhere, he will not be on this list.  Ability to order Civil War Service Records.  Search various spellings -- penmanship wasn't easy to read in those days, and spellings were inconsistent (even of names).

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Who photographed the graves and monuments and provided the information for this site?

The author of the website, Freda J. Zimmerman Griffin, photographed the markers and monuments in July 2001.  Freda's second cousin once removed - the late Dorothy (Catt) McNaughton (Mrs. Richard McNaughton) of Durand, Pepin County, Wisconsin - took notes on all the inscriptions and provided invaluable assistance without which this website might never have been created.  Thank you, Dorothy and also Thank you, Dick McNaughton for driving us around in the hot summer weather and waiting - how long? - as we photographed every side of every monument and wrote down every inscription as best we could at the time!  Dorothy and Dick McNaughton and previously Cyrus and Bernilla Catt hosted my many trips to Durand and made me feel like one of the family - much more than a third cousin!

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Who should be notified if there are errors or omissions?

Please email your comments, additions and corrections to webmaster and creator of this site, Freda J Zimmerman Griffin at  fjzclu@aol.com    

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What is Wausau marble?  How can I learn more about the styles and traditions associated with the markers and monuments?

I'm working on that one...cousin-in-law Dick McNaughton of Durand mentioned this beautiful stone to me and I ordered Wausau marble specially for my great-aunt's headstone where she is buried out near Seattle WA (where I also live); she and my grandmother grew up in the Town of Albany, Pepin County, Wisconsin -- so the marker out in Washington State is a permanent tie-in to where she began her life!

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How can I contact the Cemetery Association to volunteer or assist in upkeep?  What events are planned?

Write to:  E Pepin Cemetery - Attention: Treasurer/Sexton John W. Teela, W 3414 SR 37, Eau Claire WI 54701-9518; telephone 715-834-7690.  Special events from time to time, such as Memorial Day and 4th of July.  Volunteers welcome; contributions are accepted.  Sorry - no email is available at this time!

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Are there other pioneer cemeteries in the area?  How do I find them?

There are many cemeteries associated with churches (including many abandoned rural churches whose congregations no longer exist), townships, etc.  Some are located on the Pepin County website but many are not listed even on lists of cemeteries.  In the future this site will include links to lists of other cemeteries in the area to assist you in finding your relatives.

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What pioneer parks or places can I visit with my children to help them learn about or visualize pioneer life locally?  What additional information can I find about pioneer life in Pepin County and nearby?

Pepin County Historical Society - The Old Courthouse in Durand, Pepin County, Wisconsin - address:  Washington Square, Box 74, Durand, WI 54736.  Low-cost annual (or lifetime) membership includes newsletter, meetings and annual picnic.  A friendly group of people whose ancestors may have been neighbors to your ancestors.  No website (yet).  They maintain the beautiful old Courthouse in downtown Durand which is now a museum. 

Dunn County Historical Society - 1820 Wakanda Street, Menomonie, WI 54751 - excellent website lists historical places, parks and activities for you and children of all ages. 

Empire in Pine Museum - located 6 miles south of Menomonie.  Take State Highway 25 South; turn on County "C" at Downsville.  View the history of Knapp, Stout & Company - once the largest lumber company in the world - and learn about real life events in the days of lumbermen and those who served with them in days of yore in the Red Cedar Valley.  Wander around Downsville and re-imagine the town that washed away in "The Big Flood".  This quiet little town offers food and souvenirs, pioneer cemeteries, and is adjacent to the Red Cedar hiking trail.

Caddie Woodlawn Park - located 9 miles south of Menomenie on State Highway 25 South.  The pioneer girl Caddie Woodlawn was immortalized in a book of the same name by author Carol Ryrie Brink (who based her story on her grandmother's life in the area in 1857+).  The much-loved book won the 1935 Newbery Award for Children's Literature and continues to entertain readers of all ages today.  Very scenic location - viewpoint - lot of picnic facilities - accessible.

Rock Falls Mill Pond and memorial - Rock Falls, Dunn County:  If you took Highway 85 from Eau Claire south to Rock Falls, this lovely location is just outside the town.  Memorial and view are lovely and poignant.  In bygone days, the enormous millstones ground flour for farmers for miles around who brought grain to the mill.  Establishment of the mill at this location (the waterfall) gave an economic boost to the area and helped establish the town.

 

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2001 by Freda J Zimmerman Griffin.   All rights reserved.  Revised: 12/09/08 12:30:51 -0700