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Hope Cemetery (Bestland Cemetery)
Coeur d'Alene, Kootenai County, Idaho

Gilbert & N 8th St, Coeur d'Alene ID

Lat: 47° 42' 15"N, Lon: 116° 46' 23"W

Transcribed by Maggie Rail, © Nov 08, 2004, last edited Oct 13, 2016 [mrail@asisna.com] Total records = 13.

To reach it drive east in Coeur d'Alene to 8th, turn north onto 8th, when you come to Gilbert keep going one more half block and you will run into the cemetery. It is in a culdesac between homes at the end of the road.

The Best family arrived in Idaho from Wisconsin in 1893, about the time of the gold rush. This cemetery is on what was the Best Homestead. It is now located in the middle of a residential neighborhood.

This small cemetery is owned by Ronald L. Best. Although he is the sole caretaker for his family's cemetery, the weeds often are in charge. Eight headstones are visible upon entering the cemetery. There is a sign at the entrance that says it is an historic site. 1893-1914.

Note: Ron Best has now passed away. (Oct 03, 1926, d. May 21, 2005) The ownership is not known since that time. I believe he was buried in Coeur d'Alene Memorial Gardens.

It is said that it was once called the Bestland Cemetery. A sign is over the entrance made by a Boy's Scout group calling it the Hope Cemetery. I do not know why the name was changed.

It is in terrible condition. Weeds grow very high, and brush so thick, one cannot walk through parts of it. I may have missed a few markers, but I did my best. If anyone knows of a burial here I would be happy to add the information.

I walked this cemetery on Nov 07, 2004. I walked this using my digital camera and have a digital photo of each marker, an asterisk follows all entries where I found no marker or stone.

- Maggie Rail

Babbitt, John Tracy, b. 1836 NY, d. 1911, h/o Lucia Arora Perry, came to Idaho in 1892, English FH marker
Babbitt, Lucia Aurora, b. 1883, d. 1914, w/o John Tracy Babbitt, English FH
Best, Addie Chirilla, b. Algonac, MI, d. Mar 06, 1911, w/o Edwin O, m. in Wisconsin *
Best, Alan Philip, b. 1911, d. 2000, h/o & s/w Violet Susan, m. 67yr
Best, Alexander Hubbard, b. Jul 00, 1844 Ohio, d. 1900, h/o Mary, m. 1854, came to Idaho in 1893, FH marker
Best, Bennett, b. WI, d. ca.1910, no marker *
Best, Chirilla Addie, b. 1863 Algonac, MI, d. Mar 06, 1911, w/o Edwin O. Best, English FH marker
Best, Iva May, b. 1888, d. May 23, 1893, age 5yr, d/o Charles & Cora Best, English FH marker
Best, John David, b. Apr 18, 1871 WI, d. Dec 30, 1906, age 30yr, h/o Laura Gates, s/o Alexander & Ellen Best, English FH chapel marker
Best, Violet Susan, b. 1912, d. 2005, s/w & w/o Alan Philip, m. 67yr
Carlson, Mathilda Louise Jansson 'Mattis', b. Aug 24, 1887 Sweden, d. Aug 00, 1973, per Elisabet Zock
Carlson, Ruben, b. Oct 08, 1885 Sweden, d. Apr 00, 1968, per Elisabet Zock
Cook, Monty, b. 1911, d. 1911, age: 2da, s/o Paul C. & Ruby (Best) Cook, English FH

??, Unk, d. c.1900

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