Tim Carroll leads a tour through the Ogdensburg Cemetery on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Tim Carroll leads a tour through the Ogdensburg Cemetery on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo

Local historian Tim Carroll recently led a group of OMPers on a tour of the Ogdensburg Cemetery, regaling us with stories about some of our Old Mission Peninsula ancestors – familiar names like Rushmore, Gore, Ostlund, Marshall, Swaney and so many others. We not only learned a lot, but as is usually the case with Tim, his lively storytelling was both educational and entertaining.

“There are all these Kroupas no matter where you look,” and “I’ve been able to walk on all three of my primary schoolteachers who are laid to rest here,” notes Tim, who is a fifth generation Old Mission Peninsula resident.

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Tim Carroll leads a tour through the Ogdensburg Cemetery on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Tim Carroll leads a tour through the Ogdensburg Cemetery on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo

I followed along with my recorder, and it was a little breezy that day, so hopefully you can hear most of it. I tried to get video of most of the graves in the cemetery, which is located on the corner of Center Road and Ladd Road, next to the Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church.

While the church was formerly known as Ogdensburg United Methodist Church, the cemetery is actually a Peninsula Township cemetery.

Tim Carroll and Georgia Holman on a tour through the Ogdensburg Cemetery on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Tim Carroll and Georgia Holman on a tour through the Ogdensburg Cemetery on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo

A surprise elopement, an 1870 tombstone, and a snowed-in friend learning sign language are just a few of the stories we heard (the sign language one is mine).

Franklin tombstone in Ogdensburg Cemetery on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Franklin tombstone in Ogdensburg Cemetery on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo

So even if Tim didn’t talk about your kin (which, let’s be honest, could be a good thing), watch the video and see if you spot your ancestors’ gravestones. If you can’t see the video below, see if you can access it on Old Mission Gazette’s YouTube channel here.

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A lifelong resident of the Old Mission Peninsula, Jane grew up on a cherry farm (Johnson Farms), married the boy next door (Tim Boursaw), and raised two kids there (Will and Marissa). Her 35-year career as a photojournalist includes bylines with the New York Times and Ladies' Home Journal, and interviews with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. But she loves writing about the OMP most of all.

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