Topic: West Granville Cemetery Tour
Date: Saturday, September 12, 2020, 9:30 a.m.
Location: West Granville Cemetery 6814 N. 107th Street, Milwaukee, WI
Presenter: Jim Moeller
Description: The annual West Granville Cemetery tour will take place on Saturday, September 12, 2020, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Please meet at the main cemetery entrance at 6815 N. 107th Street. Parking is available across the street at the historic Salem Landmark Church. We will maintain social distancing at this outside event. We also ask that you kindly follow local guidelines on wearing a mask.
The history of Granville Township is capsulized in the histories of many of the early settlers and later inhabitants if the township buried at West Granville. At this year’s cemetery tour we will learn about Joseph Cowell, a settler so early in Granville’s history that his employer was Solomon Juneau, the first mayor of Milwaukee. Joseph Cowell was surprised at what happened to his first potato crop planted in the lowlands around the Little Menomonee River.
When it was time for Joseph Cowell to marry, there was nothing quite like marrying the girl next door. A portion of the tour will cover the family of John and Experience Baily Snyder (Snider) and their daughter, Maria, who became the wife of Joseph Cowell.
Education was important in the township and tour participants will hear about the early township schools, especially the school that had a maple tree on its property. Neleta Vick and Florence Barndt were long-time teachers at this school nearest West Granville Cemetery. As they taught together in life, they are buried next to each other in death at West Granville.
Additional research has been obtained on Pastor Walter Adolph Hoenecke, pastor of Salem Lutheran Church from 1900-1910, and buried in West Granville Cemetery along with other family members. Although the greater part of his ministry was not spent in Granville, it is to West Granville cemetery that his early remains were brought following his death.
And additional information will be presented on the house that sits on the site of the original Evangelical and Reformed Church of West Granville, today known as Salem Lutheran Church. It an amazing story of resourcefulness and recycling!
The tour will be conducted by Jim Moeller who has grandparents, great-grandparents, great-great-great uncles and aunts, cousins of every degree, and a variety of related personages buried at West Granville Cemetery. A son of Salem congregation, he serves as principal at Trinity-St. Luke’s Lutheran School in Watertown, Wisconsin. This year’s tour is the eighth tour conducted by him. If you have 90 minutes to spare that day, you’ll have the chance to learn more about Granville and its citizens.
For more information about the WELS Historical Institute, visit https://wels.net/about-wels/history/wels-history/.