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HECLA CEMETERY
The Society has been indexing the headstones at the Hecla for several years. As part of that work, we have mapped the area with reference lines, found the cemetery survey markers, filed the information we gathered at the township and made it available to the public.

The Hecla cemetery, hidden on the edge of Laurium, was founded by the Calumet Mining Company and was continued by Calumet & Hecla (C & H). No records have been found as to who purchased the lots or who is buried there. Cemetery expenses continued in the C & H cash book records until about 1900 when on the 1st of May 1900, C & H leased Hecla cemetery to the Sacred Heart Church. They paid $1.00 per year for the lease and the last renewal was in 1931 after which they chose not to renew it and the cemetery continued to declined. C & H actually plotted the land in 1980 when they began selling off leased land and at that time the shape of the cemetery changed somewhat. The Hecla was sold as part of C & H's property to a land trust and has changed hand twice since then.

The earliest burial we have found to date is for John O'Brian in 1858, but the majority of burials found are from the 1880's through the 1900's. After about 1905 the number of burials dropped dramatically when the Catholic people finally started using Lakeside Cemetery. The last burial was in 1935 of Theresa Marston. It is unknown how many people were buried there, how many stones have disappeared to vandals or how many were removed to Lake View when it became the primary cemetery for the area. Currently we have over 800 names of burials taken from various sources such as newspaper obituaries, death certificates, funeral home records and tombstone readings.

Many rumors float around about the records being destroyed when the Sacred Heart church burned. Since Sacred Heart started their lease in 1900 when the cemetery was already in decline, it does not seem likely that the majority of the records from the 1860's to 1900 would not have been held by them.

In 1898 there were approximately 121 burials, in 1899 117 burials, in 1900 85 burials, in 1901 38 burials. With fewer and fewer each year. In 1920 we have only found 2 recorded burials so far.

There have been several attempts at clean up of the cemetery but none have had a lasting effect. As early as 1910, & again in 1929, they organized groups to raise funds for a clean up This usually included repairing the fencing & all of the broken or tipped stones. The last attempt was organized by Sacred Heart Church in 1958 when they took a bulldozer into the cemetery and tried to get rid of the brush in the hopes that it would prevent the teenagers of the area from using the cemetery as a hang out.

We now have purchased the Hecla Cemetery. We asked Calumet Township to go into this partnership with the Society in the ownership of the Hecla Cemetery and they agreed. Our plan is to donate it to Calumet Township with a Memorandum of Understanding to ensure that it will remain a historic area cemetery in perpetuity and the Society will take the leadership role in the management of the Cemetery. In addition, as we continue to document headstones, we will work with the community to develop a restoration plan, do fund rising and grant writing to fund improvements and maintenance, and restrict access to the Cemetery to non motorized vehicles and foot traffic.

On October 3rd 2009, we had our first clean up work session in the cemetery. Tony Landini, the chairman of the clean up committee, staked out six small sections and we removed dead brush, marked trees to save and cut unwanted ones. This clean up process is not going to be a speedy one. It will most likely take many years to do everything we want to do.

Anyone willing to help in any aspect of the project should contact the society. You may not be able to cut trees or carry brush but might be able to write letters, help with funding or many of the other tasks we need to accomplish. If you would like to be kept informed on the project you can forward the your e-mail address to us.

THE HEADSTONES of HECLA CEMETERY
indexed to date
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Last Name First Name Date of Birth Date of Death Additional Information Photo#
Adamske       Etched on base stone  
Adamski Andrzei 5 Nov 1875 17 Dec 1889   01
Arens Margaret @1845 5 Feb 1894 Wife of Henry 02
Bachor Michael 15 Oct 1864 14 May 1890   03
Bachor       Base Stone  
Bahor Matija 1872 1896 04
Bartkowiak Maryanny @ 1844 17 December 1916 Roku Liczyta Lat 72 (aged 72 years) 05
Bausano Giovanni A. 7 Sep 1866 18 Jan 1896    
Beauchamp William 23 Sep 1883 18 Oct 1883 "Agee 25 jours" 06
Beauchamp Henri 23 Sep 1883 20 Oct 1883 "Agee 27 jours" 07
Bukovec Frank 2 May 1864 8 Jul 1890(?) "LUKAJ POCIVA" 08
Carter Margaret @ 1873 28 Jan 1893   09
Charrier         10
Condon Ellen   15 Aug 1915   12
Condon Mary A. @ 1865 1Jan 1899 "Wife of M.E. Condon….Aged 33y 9mo" 11
Condon Morris @ 1826 10 Nov 1899   12
Dinnes Maria 22 May 1812 29 Nov 1894 Maiden name possibly Schmitz  
Dooley John 15 Aug 1844 16 Feb 1893   13
Eikelmann Joseph May 1848 7 Nov 1895 On the side of the Wertin stone 14
Elkelmann Frank 5 Jun 1841 9 Jun 1890   15
Ernat Michael J. 20 Aug 1849 25 Apr 1929   16
-essard Elias   21 May 1893   17
Ethier Catherine @ 1867 29 Feb 1896 Maiden name Decarmier  
Ethieri (??)          
Figlia Maria     "Eto 1 Anno"  
Finn Frances 14 Apr 1869 31 Mar 1894 "Wife of James Finn" 18
Finn Ellen @ 1819 16 May 1888 "Aged 69 years" 19
Gestel Johan @ 1861 3 Jan 1899   20
Goggin Patrick @ 1835 12 Aug 1891 "56 years" 21
Goggin Julia @ 1846 21 Jun 1921 "75 years" 21
Hagan       base stone 22
Halley       Center of cement slab. 23
Hammes Grace 26 Feb 1847 27 Mar 1897   24
Hammes Joseph 25 Mar 1847 2 May 1916    
Hammes Joseph 19 May 1870 27 Jan 1893   25
Harrington       Base stone only  
Harrington Jerry @ 1833 14 Sep 1885 "Aged 52 Years" 26
Harrington Martin @ 1872 1 Feb 1895 "Son of Michael & Mary" 27
Harrington Timothy @ 1834 17 Dec 1895   28
Harrington Margaret @ 1847 2 Oct 1917    
Heimes Joseph 3 Aug 1877 5 Sep 1895 Son of August & Margurite  
Hermann Maria 2 Feb 18__ 12 Apr 1881 (1887?) "wife of J. Hermann" 29
Hermann Peter 2 May 1878 30 Jul 1879   30
Hermann Joseph H. 27 Oct 1876 25 Sep 1882   31
Hogan Jr. John   14 Aug 1880    
Howard Catherine 6 Feb 1865 30 May 1893 Maiden name O'brien 32
Howard Martin (?) 16 ** 1868 ** 1890    
Jam__nski   1885    
Jastonski Jan       33
Jozwiak Antoniego @ 1842 7 ** 1895 Polish 34
Keiser Theresia 25 Aug 1852 2 or 3 Jan 18__ "dau of ** T. Keiser"  
Kelley Kate @1838 28 Mar 1890   35
Kelly          
Kelly Patrick J. @ 1852 11 Jun 1895 "Native of Berehaven Co.Cork 36
Kempf Franz 1 Oct 1862 20 Nov 1882 "sohn von Alois & Anna" 37
Kempf Alois @1825 7 Apr 1887 "von 62 Jahren" 38
Kempf Anna @1828 9 Aug 1884 "Geb Hann Gatin von A. Kempf" 39
Kempf A. Joseph 15 May 1878 20 May 1891 Son of August & Carline Kempf 39a
Kemple Franz 2 Nov 1828 25 Aug 1881 "Ehmenn von E. Kempf"  
Knauf       Base Stone
Knauf Mathias 4 Apr 1843 18 Nov 1895 aged 52 yrs, 7 mo's, 14 dys 40
Lamielle Jule & Willie     no dates noted 41
Lamielle Josephine @1850 29 July 1881 Wife of Jule aged 31-nee Pulgher  
Lawrence George May 1880 3 Sep 1880 last name may be George 42
Lawrence Anna Francis July 1883 3 Sep 1880 last name may be George 42
Lawrence Mamie 1881 3 Mar 1884 last name may be George 42
LeBeau       "1835 Aged 26"  
Lebeau Jerry 1869 18 May 1895 26 years 43
Lowney Jeremiah @1833 ** Aug 1878 aged 45 years 44
Lowney John @1854 24 Dec 1869 AE 15 years 44
Lowney unknown @1866 24 Dec 1870 AE 4yrs 6 m 44
Lowney Katie @1868 11 Feb 1870 AE 2 yrs 6 m 44
Marston Theresa 1875 1935 Part of Wertin plot  
Messigno Lorenzo 10 Mar 1838 23 Oct 1880   45
Miller Nicholas @1820 15 Sep 1884 Aged 64 years 46
Moglie Domenica @ 1868 31 Jan 1892    
Mytkowski Maciej   1894 "Tu spoczywa Sw.P" 47
Nardi       Base 3 sides "Nardi" 1 side "Simi"  
O'Brian Maggie @ 1864 9 Oct 1887 "Aged 26 years" 48
O'Brien William 2 Apr 1867 18 Apr 1867   49
O'Brien Mary Ellen 25 Jan 1862 14 Apr 1879   50
O'Brien John 10 Feb 1858 4 Nov 1858   51
O'Brien Daniel 4 Sep 1859 26 May1874   51
O'Neil Michael J. @ 1864 23 Jan 1890 "26 years 6 mo" 52
Primeau contact HKCGS for marker information     base stone (family removed marker) 53
Rivara --ria Nov 1864 Apr 1913 Italian 54
Sandretto Michel @ 1862 14 May 1893   55
Schaefer Joseph 13 May 1845 23 May 1876 "Hier ruhen im _____schoosz der erdr" 56
Shea Patrick @1877 1 Sep 1882 "Aged 5 years" 57
Shea Timothy @1879 4 Sep 1882 "Aged 3 years" 57
Simi       see Nardi stone  
Stark Franciska   16 Jun 1897 (or 1887) 58
Stark Johan       59
Sullivan Maggie A. @1866 13 Mar 1887 Wife of Jerry 60
Sullivan       Large Stone  
Sullivan Eugene 11 Feb 1898 5 Apr 1912   61
Tomczak Jan 9 May 1854 25 May 1915 Polish 62
Trione Giacomo 1816 1893   63
Trudeau Catherine 18 May 1843 12 Jan 1889   64
Turk Alouzij   1897?   65
Turner Mary 1826 22 Nov 1884 "wife of Nelson Turner" 66
Vertin John R. 8 Sep 1854 10 Apr 1888   67
Vertin Carolina 29 Dec 1885 26 Jun 1886 Tochter von John & Anna R. Vertin 67
Vertin       Base stone  
Wade Ellen @ 1834 24 Oct 1897 Wife of Thomas Wade 68
Wertin Elizabeth W. 13 Jun 1838 30 Aug 1925 "87 years old" 69
Wertin Joseph 11 May 1841 20 Sep 1895 "54 years old" 69
Wertin Maria   1893   70
Wisnet Agnes 12 Sept 1821 8 May 1890 "Geborene Kempf"  
Wroblewski       "Children of…" 71
unknown     30 May 1894 "decede 30 Mai 1894"  

 

 
 

 

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