Swedish Mission Cemetery

aka Mission Covenant Cemetery

Section 25, Higdem Township, Polk County


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The 1915 Atlas for Polk County shows a Swedish Mission Church located in the northwest corner of Section 25, Higdem Township.  The church is gone and the cemetery is covered with prairie grass.  It was once fenced but that is also gone. This cemetery is on the verge of being lost forever. There are certainly unmarked graves at this sight, some possibly the children of Henrick and Elin Johanson.  Additional information in.

Johanson - Lindberg stone with the names of:

Elin 1860 – 1941

Henrick 1856 – 1920

Lydia W. 1902 -  1902

Son 1898

Fridolph J.  1900 -- 1900

Henrick Johanson, also known as Henrick Lindberg, was born in Sweden on May 3, 1856, he married Elin Johanson November 20,1886, Elin was born in Sweden on February 17, 1860 to parents Johan and Maria Johanson, they had 11 children – 7 died in childhood before the 1910 census, 1915 Atlas lists Henrick Johanson as having land in Section 24 - 160 acres, in Section 23 - 120 acres, in Section 29 - 10 acres, wife Ellen, children Ellen, Hjalmer, Helma and David, lived in county 35 years, farm called “Valley Home Farm.” Note difference in spelling, they lived a mile north of the cemetery.  An interesting Bio of Henrick in the Polk Co. history book.)

Lindberg, Hjalmer  Apr 9, 1890 -- June 26, 1983
(Hjalmer George Lindberg was the son of Henrick and Elin Johanson, he was born Apr 9, 1890 and died June 26, 1983, he never married.)

Lindberg, Elin  Sep 5, 1888 -- Dec 19, 1973
(Elin was the daughter of Henrick and Elin Johanson, she was a missionary and a teacher.)

Bannis, Hilma C.  1894 -- 1954
(Hilma, also called Rita was the daughter of Henrick and Elin Johanson, she was born May 30, 1894 and died October 25, 1954, she married Thomas Bannis.)

Thanks to Ann for walking this cemetery and taking pictures and for researching the family buried here. 

If you are related or know more about the people in this cemetery, please contact the County Coordinator.

Posted 2006, S. Dorgan
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Modified May 2015, K. Kittleson