Posted 11 October 2004 - 08:54 PM
Bertha was the woman that nobody liked, she was shunned by the entire community. When she finally died in 1910, she was buried away from the other graves and (as we believe and legend states), in the woods near the cemetery.
The reason that we feel that the legend was correct is that we found a very old wooden stake in the ground at the edge of where about 85% of the graves in the cemetery are placed. There are other stakes in the ground further down but they are steel pipes driven into the ground. Our belief (which I am working on varifying) is that up to the wooden stake is the original cemetery. There is another stone inside the stake that is of a one year old baby that died also in 1910. All the other stones except for Bertha's is much newer. She is buried in what is now a corner of the cemetery on a hill and by the lake like the legend says.
Whispers_Of_Fire is a sensative and he talked with her while there. He got some interesting information that I hope he will share with you.
We were all saddened that her stone stands by itself with nobody around it and also that it has been vandalized several times in the past. As you will see when I get my pics developed, it has had large chips taken out of it and the stone has been broken off and repaired some time in the past.
One legend that is untrue is that you can't find her stone in the daytime. We did find it during that time. Another legend is that the stone appears in different locations but we were unable to either confirm or shoot down this one. It was a very interesting investigation.
Posted 12 October 2004 - 05:02 AM
Lakeside Cemetery, Coleraine, Minnesota is the location.
Posted 12 October 2004 - 02:09 PM
From my interview with Miss Maynard, she was a bit standoffish at first, the sense of her presense was there but distant. In fact she only seemed to take an interest when Krc, myself and K's son were discussing the allegations of witchcraft (given the period and sentiment it may well have been a matter of neighbours being jealous that her crops were doing better or animals and screamed "WITCH!") She confirmed that she was buried 'Far away' from others and I'm hoping that comes out in EVP.
Something odd, in the opposite corner of the cemetary, there was another Maynard grave, no first name, but possibly mother and father, but why so far, were they embarrassed by their relative being shunned or was it the townfolk's decision to bury Bertha far away...and off consecrated ground.
It is a fascinating case
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Look forward to seeing the results of your further research...
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