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Freeze Cemetery
Potlatch, Latah County, Idaho

917 W Freeze Rd, Potlatch ID

Lat: 46° 57' 48"N, Lon: 116° 56' 57"W
T17N R5W Sec 22

Contact: Julie Hoidal 208-875-1275
1150 Deep Creek Rd, Potlatch ID

Transcribed by Maggie Rail, Oct 10, 2003, last edited Mar 06, 2012 [mrail@asisna.com]. Total records = 1,577.

On Hwy 95 from the Potlatch Junction, travel north for 2.4 miles. Turn left onto Freeze Road and continue to an intersection about a half mile further on. Turn right when the road turns into a lane and go up the hill to the Freeze Church and Cemetery.

The church can be seen for a short time from Hwy 95 if one knows when to look. It has become a real landmark in this area. It was left unattended for a short time, and the church was no longer used for services that often. In the last years that has turned around. A group has formed an association, there are restoration projects in the works all the time to completely restore the church.

With this happening, the cemetery has grown tremendously. It is in such good condition, and they are extending the burial grounds to accomodate this. The sadness was to see them putting in the lawn type of section. Most on the top of the hill and down the sides have many of the upright monuments, which give such beauty to a cemetery. The one section out front as you arrive is all flat with nothing of beauty to add to the setting.

This cemetery sits on a hill overlooking the area on all four sides. It has trees and shrubbery, which seem to be managed well.

Those buried here have roots back as settlers who came out on the Wooddy Wagon Train, 1873, with all the settlers choosing this area of the Washington Territory to settle. John Freeze and his family were a part of that group. Some are buried in Whitman County Washington cemeteries, which are just across the Idaho/Washington State border. The monument about this group is in the Silver Creek Cemetery.

I walked and read this cemetery on Jun 14, 2003. This includes all existing and legible headstones. I use a digital camera to aid in reading the cemetery.

- Maggie Rail

b. = born
c/o = child of
d. = died
d/o = dau of
FH = Funeral Home
h/o = husband of
* = no photo, from family or obits
m. = married
s/o = son of
s/w = stone with
sss = shared surname stone
w/o = wife of


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