Sommerfield Cemetery
Michigan, Nelson County, North Dakota

Date: July 21, 2001

Cemetery: Abandoned but I will call it the Sommerfield/Glottke Cemetery
Established: 1899
Street: SE 1/4 Sec 21 Michigan Township Nelson County North Dakota or 2 1/2miles north east of Michigan North Dakota
Type: Road-public
City: Michigan about 2.5 miles southwest
Township: Michigan
County: Nelson
State: North Dakota
Nation: USA
Zip: N/A
Nearby: about 1 1/2 miles north of Michigan on Highway 35 and 1 mile east on gravel road.
Location: Rural-agricultural
Land: Flat
Watersource: No
Features: Trees and Prarie Grass
Sign: No
Land Type: Private
Access: Open
Enclosure: Fence
Gate: Non-locking
Status: Abandoned
Size: Small
Gravestones: 6 headstones
Oldest: 1899
Newest: 1935
Unmarked: Unsure
Broken: No
Toppled: No
Buried: Unsure
Removed: Unknown
Weather problems:
Pollution problems: Unknown
Association: Unsure
Records: Yes
Inventory: Yes
Records location: Red River Genealogical Society, Cemeteries of Nelson County, Published in 1975
Condition: Cemetery neglected
Vandalized: No
Overgrowth: Gravestones-Disturbing:
Vegetation: Ground-Cover
Drainage: Good
Problem: Apathy
Restoration: No work started as of yet
Owner: Cemetery
Use:
Bordering: Agricultural
Change: Same
Reason:
Visited: Occasionally
Archeology: No
Contacted: N/A
Surnames: Benthke, Grotke, Sommerfield

Other Information

This cemetery northeast of Michigan is a German Pioneer Cemetery. There were 3 names in the listing of this cemetery: Richard Sommer- field who died 1n 1899 at the age of 15 years, his mother, Henriette, who died in 1900at the age of 51 years and Eddie Glottke who died in 1911 at the age of 5. Since the prarie grass was so high, I could not go in there to take a proper inventory. The Sommerfields were homesteaders and they probably have descendents living in the area. It is too bad they do not take care of this small pioneer cemetery.

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name: Anne Braun
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