cemetery north of Devils Lake now has a granite monument
GARSKE, N.D. (AP) A monument north of Devils Lake now marks the resting place of an estimated 50 Jewish homesteaders who came to the area between 1882 and 1935.
The monument was dedicated yesterday, at a gathering that drew residents from the area as well as descendants of the pioneers from other states.
The Sons of Jacob Cemetery got its name from a St. Paul synagogue whose members sent money to help the Devils Lake settlers. They were known as the Garske Colony.
Leighton Siegel of St. Paul, who attended yesterday's dedication, says no one really knows for sure how many graves are there. Only 15 grave markers are left.
An architect from Lawrence, Kansas, Hal Ettinger, led the campaign to raise money for the monument. His great-grandfather, Simon, was buried in the cemetery.
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