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Guide to the Catholic Cemetery (La Crosse, Wisconsin) Records, 1883-1935 MSS 037, Micro 10

Guide to the Catholic Cemetery (La Crosse, Wisconsin) Records, 1883-1935

MSS 037, Micro 10

Summary Information

Microfilmed copy of three record volumes of the Catholic Cemetery, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1883-1935. The early records are in German (1883-circa 1915); the remainder in English. Mainly a record of burials in the cemetery in date order.
Collection Title
Catholic Cemetery (La Crosse, Wisconsin) Records
Date of Materials
Catholic Cemetery (La Crosse, Wis.).
Call Number
MSS 037, Micro 10
0.1 cubic feet
Physical Description
1 reel of 35 mm microfilm
Language of Materials
La Crosse Public Library Archives

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Guide to the Catholic Cemetery (La Crosse, Wisconsin) Records, MSS 037, La Crosse Public Library Archives, La Crosse, WI

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Historical Note

According to one newspaper article, the Catholic Cemetery was begun in the 1850s with a donation of land by Joseph Ebner for a Catholic burial ground lying south of Market Street and extending south several blocks. ("Cemetery Now is 60 Years Old: Grandfather of Late Joseph Ebner Donated Ground for it in the Early Fifties," La Crosse Tribune 29 July 1910; special section, p.5.) Additional land to the north of the original cemetery was purchased in 1885, and a chapel was constructed in 1891. Grottos, flower beds, and a lagoon were some of the improvements made to the site. Another newspaper article cites the cemetery's first sexton, Erhard Reisinger, with building the grottoes and stations of the cross.

A mausoleum was planned in 1977 to provide above ground burial, and was completed in 1981. The old grottoes were razed to accommodate it. In an 1985 article, the cemetery caretaker said he buried approximately 200 people a year. (Hollnagel, Gayda. "Business Keeps Family Close to Heaven's Gate," La Crosse Tribune 10 Jan. 1995, p.A-1.)

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Scope and Contents

Supposedly the cemetery dates to the 1850s and the early records were destroyed by fire. These microfilmed volumes are a record in chronological order of burials in the Catholic Cemetery, 1883-1935. Item #3 is first by section number, therein chronologically. The pre-1915 records were written in German and the script is difficult to read. After 1915, the records were written in English.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

La Crosse Public Library Archives 1997 October

800 Main St.
La Crosse, Wisconsin, 54601
(608) 789-7136

Access to Materials

Materials in this collection are available for patron use.

Processing Information

Finding aid written by Anita Taylor Doering, Oct. 1997.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Catholic Cemetery (La Crosse, Wis.).


  • Cemeteries--Wisconsin--La Crosse

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OCLC Number


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Collection Inventory

Reel Item

Burial records (chronological), 1883-1912 

1 1

Burial permits (statistical), 1907-1916 

1 2

Burial records (chronological), 1883-1919 

1 2

Burial records (by section, then chronologically within), 1883-1935 

1 3