West Albany Township, MN


Scotch Prairie cemetery #2, as originally named on this site, could be the cemetery at the intersection of Highway 60 and Wabasha County Road #4 in West Albany Township, section 14. This is a Lutheran Cemetery and is described in the 1920 Wabasha County History. The building for this church was located in West Albany Township, section 22, on the NW corner of the Maiwald farm, now the Dykes farm, adjacent to Highway 60. Since this was my stepfather's farm at one time, I am quite familiar with this location.

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See History Below

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Searchable Surnames List:
Albert, Brueshaber, Danckward, Danckwart, Fuhrman, Gamm, Hasse, Jacob, Maiwald, Marten, Piette, Redmann, Scheuer, Schills (Schille?), Schlichting, Schmidt, Schmuser
Don't take this list as perfect. Some of the entries are hard to read.

Chapter 23
Pages 777-787

From the book about Wabasha Co. Minnesota
Compiled by Dr. L. H. Bunnell
Published Chicago by H. H. Hill, Publishers, 1884
Republished Currently by Higginson Books

In the spring of 1857, Lawrence Tracy, of Irish nativity, who had previously settled in what is now Oakwood, moved to West Albany. In the same year came Sylvester and William Applegarth, of Canada; Henry Schmuser, of Holstien; Wm. Funk, and some others. In 1858 began the establishment of the Scotch settlement in the northeastern part of the township. In this year came George and William Wilson, William Duffus, Henry Glashen, Geo. And William Perry, Charles Forest, Alexander Thoirs, William Sterling, David Munro, and William Corry; these have since been followed by many others from Scotland and Racine county, Wisconsin, some also from Canada. Many of these came here poor, but all are now successful farmers, and the Scotch settlement will be found a Christian, hospitable community where peace and prosperity reigns.

Thus we see the early establishment of three nationalities in this township, German, Irish and Scotch, and to these three the population still mainly belongs, but very few being of American descent.

Lutheran: About 1863 Prof. Moldenke, of Milwaukee, made this section a visit and preached at the house of Henry Schmuser, on section 16. Through his influence the few adherents to the church in this neighborhood were visited in 1864 by William Vomhof, of Olmsted county. During the fall of that year he organized a church of six members, as follows: John Dankwart, Henry Schmuser and wife, John Haase, Fritz Lange, Henry Lange and John Schmidt. The succession of ministers since that time has been as follows: F. Seifert, A. Hoffman, M. Stulpnagel, P. Rubreih, and P. Bechtel, the present incumbent. Their church, a neat frame, was erected in 1868. At the same time a parsonage was erected. A Sabbath school has been running eight years.