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Old Mission Cemetery
Kootenai County, Idaho

Lat: 47° 31' 00"N, Lon: 116° 21' 23"W
T49N R1E Sec 32

Transcribed by Maggie Rail, Sep 21, 2001, updated May 05, 2013 [mrail@asisna.com]. Total records = 52.

Take Exit #39 from I-90 between Coeur d'Alene and Kingston Idaho. The town of Cataldo is in Shoshone county, the mission is in Kootenai county.

At least 300 people are buried here, according to the records of the mission, but only these few stones remain. Most had no stone when buried, just a mound of dirt over them. Even the mounds have flattened out through the years and it is difficult to tell where the plots are.

At least 300 people are buried here, according to the records of the mission, but only a few stones remain. Most had no stone when buried, just a mound of dirt over them. Even the mounds have flattened out through the years and it is difficult to tell where the plots are.

This was the cemetery for the Mission of the Sacred Heart, which has two sections. The main one in front of the mission and the other down the hill west of the mission. This small account does not do justice to the large number that are buried here.

The limits of the cemetery, as of Apr 12, 1978, still have not been defined exactly. The fenced in area is what they have decided is for sure cemetery. Many of the mounds are simply unmarked graves.

I walked and surveyed this cemetery on Sep 04, 2001, then transcribed from my findings, which are meager. I later found some old records and have added them. There still are many I do not have.

- Maggie Rail

FH = Funeral Home records.
* = from other records, no marker
** from Mortuary records, buried in Cataldo, not proven they are buried here but is seems likely.

Agara, Infant, d. May 11, 1902
Anderson, Adolf, d. Jul 01, 1913, age 28yr, **
Arnhold, Anne, b. Feb 02, 1850, d. Oct 29, 1921
Arnhold, Martin Sr, b. 1848, d. 1916
Assad, Eli, b. 1874, d. 1910, "Uncle", Homesteader from Lebanon
Avanaugh, William, d. 1891, age 52yr *
Bresnahan, Genevieve, b. Jan 22, 1894, d. Dec 31, 1894, d/o John and Ella *
Bresnahan, John Patrick, b. Sep 10, 1892, d. Feb 07, 1893, s/o John & Ella *
Brown, Mary, d. May 19, 1911, age 58yr, **
Butler, D. K., d. May 10, 1895 *
Butler, James, d. Jul 04, 1894 *
Crawford, Herbert, b. Mar 07, 1852, d. Nov 06, 1938, **
Doherty, Dennis, d. Mar 28, 1894, age 35yr *
Erickson, Nichlos, d. Dec 03, 1899, age 22yr *
Flannigan, James, d. apr 21, 1893, age 35yr *
Frost, Margaret Ethel, b. Dec 25, 1898, d. Jun 16, 1899, d/o M&M A.E.
Golser, Anna, d. Jan 21, 1903, age 82yr *
Gribble, Jennie, b. Feb 02, 1870, d. Sep 13, 195- *
Haller, Ardella, d. Feb 20, 1919, age: 37yr, **
Haller, Lillian, d. Dec 10, 1924, age: 38yr, **
Hapel, Elias, d. Jun 16, 1910 *
Heim, Josie, b. Apr 13, 1901, d. May 19, 1902, s/w Leona, d/o J & Lena Heim
Heim, Leona M, b. Mar 13, 1905, d. Oct 23, 1908
Hull, Myrtle, d. Oct 01, 1911, age 32yr, **
Maintes, Harold, d. Dec 27, 1918, age: 29yr, **
McMannis, Mrs, d. Jan 25, 1895, FH *
Merritt, Orville, d. Jul 19, 1914, age: 18yr, **
Miller, Henry, b. Nov 10, 1865, d. Oct 18, 1924
Morrison, Maria, d. Apr 24, 1897, age 34yr *
Murphy, James, d. May 05, 1892, age 44yr
Nabler, Rose, d. Nov 04, 1867, young, from old mission records *
Nourse, Ida Alice, b. Jan 25, 1868, d. Mar 08, 1946, **
Poisman, Mother, no dates
Polotkin, Louise Siuwheem, b. 1800, d. 1853, photo, another marker said, Louise Siuwheem, Apostle to the Coeur d'Alene Indians, Louise was one of the first Coeur d'alene Indians baptized a Christian by Fr DeSmet on his visit in 1842. She was married to Adolph Polotkin and had three grown sons. They moved to the First mission near St Maries in 1843 and then came here when the mission was relocated in 1846. Louise was descended from Chief Circling Raven who had an ancient vision of the coming of Blackrobes who would bring a new religion. God prepared Louise to be the apostle of her tribe in the new ways. She taught religion to the children. Cared for the sick and the orphans, taught hymns and prayers and came to this cemetary every night to pray for those buried here. Louise died and was buried here in 1853 during the construction of the big new church on the hill. The Missionaries called Louise the Spiritual Director and Guardian Angel of her whole tribe.
Reinhofer, Josephine, b. Mar 10, 1905, d. Aug 26, 1906
Rocke, William, b. Ireland, d. Dec 06, 1892, age 24 *
Ryan, James, b. Ireland, d. Jul 14, 1891, aged 36yr
Samders, A. B., d. Apr 07, 1924, age: 45yr, **
Shannon, Maria, d. Oct 26, 1897 *
Sighouin, Louise, d. 1852 *
Smith, George E, d. Mar 11, 1928, **
Smith, James, d. Jul 11, 1893, age 66yr *
Thompson, Mr, d. Dec 15, 1913, age 55yr, FH *
Thompson, Mrs, d. Apr 01, 1903, age 76yr, FH *
Trainer, Margaret, d. Jan 30, 1900, Infant *
Victor, d. May 18, 1858 in Steptoe disaster *
Whalen, Agnes Alice, b. Oct 03, 1896, d. Jul 05, 1900 *
Whalen, Eliza, d. Jun 08, 1895, age 73yr, wife of Dennis
Whalen, Lizzie, d. May 22, 1894, aged 10 days, d/o PJ & MA
Whalen, Mamie, d. Sep 20, 1903, age 18yr, FH *
Whalen, Mr, d. Jun 10, 1894, age 70yr, FH *
Williams, Leroy, d. Oct 05, 1915, age: 1yr, **


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