Cemetery Stories will take place on October 8th at the Northfield Cemetery (across from the High School). This year’s event will include stories from seven of Northfield’s former residents. Guests will hear the life story of Betsy Scofield, Charles Wheaton, Lincoln Fey, Hiram Scriver, John Boone, Nellie/Harriet Bunday. All of these stories are different and will give everyone a glimpse into Northfield’s unique past.
Tours will be at 4:20, 4:40, 5:00, 5:20, 6:20, 6:40, 7:00, 7:20 & 7:40. Space is limited so pre-registering is suggested. You can do so by visiting the
NHS website or calling NHS at 507-645-9268.
The 5:20, 7:20 & 7:40 tour is SOLD OUT!
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This is a family friendly event, there will be light snacks for guests.
The price of admission is:
$3.00 NHS member.
Here is a glimpse of what you will hear that night.
Charles A. Wheaton
Wheaton was born on July 1, 1809 in Armenia, New York. In 1835 he moved to Syracuse where he became a wealthy merchant, fathered his twelve children. He also became heavily involved in the Underground Railroad. After the death of his first wife he moved to Northfield and bought out all of John North’s assets. Wheaton would manage the grist mill, served as editor of the Rice County Journal, and was very involved in local politics.
John A. Boone
John Boone was born in Onslow County, North Carolina on September 6, 1841. He was a free-born African-American as was his wife, Missouri Burns.
When the Civil War broke out, Boone answered the first call for volunteers for the Union Army. In St. Louis, he was assigned to the 18th Missouri Infantry. He was a corporal of Company H for one year and eight months, seeing service in Gettysburg. He served until March 1866, when he was honorably discharged and mustered out.
John Boone became a prominent member of the Northfield community following his service. He and Missouri had ten children, seven of them surviving into adulthood. He was a farmer and dedicated carpenter.