Soper United Cemetery
Soper United Cemetery
(Information from "The Spirit Lives On, Osnabrock, ND, 1887-1987")
The Soper United Cemetery is located in the SW 1/4 of Section 35 in Osnabrock Township of Cavalier County.
The Soper Church had it's beginning in 1886 when services were held by a Methodist minister at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Thompson. The following summer services were held at a school, the first schoolhouse built in Osnabrock Township in 1887.
Methodist ministers continued to hold services until the Reverend John C. Linton, a Presbyterian minister from Milton as asked to service the congregation. He was given permission by the Pembina Presbytery to take up the work at the Soper school on April 3, 1891.
On March 29, 1896 a meeting was called to discuss organization and the building of a church. Ten members were received; Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Soper, Mrs. Joseph Thompson, George Sproat, Mrs. George Milne, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Trew, Nelson Wiggens, Deline Wiggens, and Mrs. Joseph Sunderland. Of these charter members, Mrs. Sunderland was active in the church until her death in 1958 at the age of 87. The rather lengthy confession of faith and the covenant adopted are beautiful as recorded in the session record book.
The name adopted for the church was the Soper Presbyterian Church. The first church was built in 1901. In 1929 a tornado damaged the church extensively and it was sold and remodeled into a barn. The congregation then purchased a building which was moved to the property, and after remodeling was dedicated November 4, 1934. On October 28, 1979 the church was closed, the building sold and moved from the property.

The information on the burials in Soper Cemetery was originally submitted March 28, 1991 by Irma V. Robb. Additional information was furnished by Gail Haugen Melland in 1994. This information was submitted for publication on this web site by Julie Thompson Miller who has several relatives buried in Soper Cemetery. Thank you to all for your efforts.


Known Soper Cemetery Burials

Surname First Name Maiden Name Birth, Death, and notes
Aitkin Beatrice Jan 9, 1897 - Jan 10, 1916
Anderson Mary d Nov 27, 1898 - age 30 yrs, 4 mo
Armstrong William Died 9 Jul 1903
Beasley Bessie Landsgaard Dec 7, 1883 - 1983
Beasley Frank 1883 - 1964
Bostock Joseph Haraseth Mar 8, 1858 - May 31, 1915
Byars August 19 Sep 1913 - 15 Apr 2001
Byars Carolyn (Mrs. Wm) Aug 12, 1873 - Jan 31, 1902
Byars Rachel (dau of Wm. & Jane (Dynes) Feb 6, 1922 - Apr 24, 1992 (unmarked grave per G. Melland)
Byars William Rhynard Dec 1, 1911 - Sep 24, 1988
Back of Stone: Children of E & M Marshall
Byars William d June 1952, age 87 (undocumented but likely buried here per G. Melland)
Campbell Ann d Mar 4, 1892, age 54
Campbell Archibald d Jun 27, 1892, age 27
Campbell Ameita (wife of Duncan) Brown Jun 14 1863 - Mar 10, 1923
Campbell David 1860 - Dec 1915 (unmarked grave per G. Melland)
Campbell Duncan Mar 3, 1858 - Dec 5, 1928
Davidson George Jun 1, 1853 - Feb 1913 (unmarked grave per G. Melland)
Everall John 4 May 1904 - 29 Sep 1907
Fansett Bertha M. (wife of J. P. Fansett) Laurie Oct 15, 1870 - Jun 14, 1905
Fansett Grace Jun 15, 1902 - Oct 9, 1902
Goodman Laura Dec 10, 1872 - Jan 20, 1961
Gjerve Nettie I. Aug 22, 1889 - Sep 24, 1903
Hamre Arnetta (Nettie) McGregor 1904 - 1983
Hamre Robert 1897 - 1975
Holmes Marie Jan 3, 1855 - Apr 16, 1927
Holmes Wheeler Sep 19, 1857 - May 12, 1929
Hooey Edward C. d Oct 7, 1918
Hooey Nancy (Mrs. Thomas) not documented, but likely buried here per G. Melland)
Hooey Thomas Mar 6, 1856 - Jun 1, 1912
Hulstrand Elizabeth Hope (dau of Randy H.) Jun 30, 1984 - Jun 30, 1984
Hulstrand Fern E. 1930 - 1986
Hulstrand Florence 1898 - 1959
Hulstrand James (husband of Fern) 1925 -
Hulstrand Mandus (husband of Florence) 1885 - 1969
Hulstrand Martha Haugen 31 Jan 1957 - 11 Sep 2002
Jobe Ella Oct 14, 1900 - Jul 15, 1901
Kennedy Margaret Byars 7 Nov 1917 - 27 Apr 2008
Kern Marvel Faith (Mrs. Lowell)(dau of Estes & Eileen Harris Royer) Mar 15, 1942 - May 1, 1994 (unmarked grave per G. Melland)
Kerr Donald 5 Apr 1923 - 20 Mar 2000
Kerr Emily 21 Jul 1884 - 22 Dec 1907
Kerr Ernest A. Mar 8, 1882 - Jun 1, 1897
Kerr Fanny H. Jul 21, 1884 - Dec 22, 1907
Kerr Martha Holmes 1895 -1976
Kerr Reginald 1925 - 1969
Kerr Robert (husband of Martha) 23 May 1889 - 10 Mar 1976
Kerr Robbie Feb 28, 1900 - Dec 26, 1900
Livingston Barsheba A. Dennis Mar 15, 1859 - Jun 25, 1901
Livingston Flora (dau of Peter & Barsheba) 1895 - May 28, 1913 (unmarked grave per G. Melland)
Livingston Glen May 9, 1887 - Oct 3, 1897
McDermand Anna Schwager 1 Jan 1878 - 24 Dec 1923
McDermand Ernest died in Seattle Jul 13, 1955 (perhaps buried here per G. Melland)
McDermand Everett per plot book
McDermand LeRoy (son of Ernest & Anna) Feb 1902 - Oct 17, 1904 (unmarked grave per G. Melland)
McDermand LeRoy Robert (son of Robert & Genevieve) 1929 - Nov 19, 1931 (unmarked grave per G. Melland)
McGregor Angus ? d Feb 19, 1898 - age 2 mo, 9 day
McGregor Ella Mae (wife of George) 20 May 1878 - 9 Jul 1936
McGregor Emma E. 1873 - 1943
McGregor George A. 1862 - 11 Dec 1942
McGregor Gordon 1 Jul 1908 - 3 Jan 1972
McGregor James 8 Aug 1900 - 23 Oct 1986
McGregor John F. (Jack) 12 Dec 1860 - 18 Dec 1943
McGregor Kelma R. (wife of James) Sholey 3 Mar 1915 - 4 Mar 2011 -
McGregor Kenneth 18 Feb 1938 - 6 Jun 2001
McGregor Peter 1858 - 12 Nov 1942
McGregor Sadie Severson 30 Jun 1917 - 5 Jun 2002
McGregor Sons of Emma & John; b and d Nov 3, 1893 and b and d Mar 6, 1900
Milne George 16 Apr 1837 - 20 Feb 1921
Milne Helen H. 26 Feb 1833 - 8 Nov 1921
Milne William d Oct 1, 1895, age 35 yr, 1 mo, 23 day
Moncreiff Sarah Ann d Apr 16, 1906, age 42 yr
Mott Enoch Dec 18, 1831 - Nov 4, 1907
Mott Frank H. d Jan 22, 1899, 29 yrs
Mott Monetta 1902 - 1926 (wife of Alfred Moen)
Mott Tammy Nov 23, 1837 - 1906
Mott Wanda May 3, 1911 - Oct 19, 1911
Munro John d Jan 18, 1893, age 27 yrs
Noltie Alice M. d Aug 8, 1894, age 47 yr, 10 mo
Ormiston Cherlyn L. 28 Feb 1946 - 28 Nov 1946
Ormiston Fred M. 6 Sep 1910 - 11 Sep 1978
Ormiston Lloyd A. 7 Apr 1904 - 24 Feb 1990
Ormiston Maye (wife of Lloyd) Johnson 21 Jan 1908 - 24 May 1987
Orpe Dorothy May 1, 1898 - Sep 19, 1915
Orpe John 23 Nov 1852 - 25 Nov 1928
Orpe Sarah 2 May 1854 - 30 Dec 1948
Prince Anna Sep 16, 1846 - Jul 15, 1923
Prince Bertha A. 8 Apr 1903 - 17 Apr 1977
Prince John W. 6 Sep 1886 - 19 Sep 1977
Prince Joseph Aug 8, 1836 - Jan 25, 1918
Prince Joseph May 26, 1888 - Jun 6, 1898
Preston John R. 19 Nov 1939 - 11 Sep 1940 (Wilcox grandson)
Reinholt Emil A. Sep 24, 1892 - May 9, 1970
Reinholt Mary E. (wife of Emil) Campbell Sep 3, 1897 - Aug 12, 1978
Robb Alma (wife of Charles) Campbell Jun 23, 1887 - Oct 3, 1970
Robb Charles A. (Fred) Dec 16, 1880 - May 29, 1959
Robb Frank D. (son of Alma & Fred) Jun 26, 1912 - May 1, 1970
Robb Helen Margaret (dau of Alma & Fred) Jan 18, 1918 - Jul 11, 1920
Robb Irma Virginia 10 Dec 1928 - 5 Mar 2008
Robb Willard Alfred (son of Alma & Fred) Jul 12, 1915 - Jul 24, 1977
Soper Franklin 1888 - 1905
Soper John D. undocumented, likely buried here per G. Melland)
Soper Lillian d Apr 12, 1901, age 7 mo, 26 da
Soper Margaret L. 1864 - 1907
Stewart Clara L. Jones 1875 -7 Feb 1925
Stewart James H. 1 Apr 1873 - 22 Feb 1924
Stewart John H. Sep 17, 1905 - Dec 20, 1905
Stewart Roberta Aug 11, 1900 - Sep 8, 1900
Sunderland Elizabeth Milne 21 Aug 1870 -4 Jun 1958
Sunderland Joseph 22 Sep 1860 -24 Apr 1933
Sunderland Mabel Anderson Dec 31, 1907 - 11 Mar 2008
Sunderland Mary Helen (Nellie) Apr 23, 1897 - Oct 4, 1941
Sunderland Raymond Jun 17, 1900 - Feb 24, 1990
Thomas Fern Nancy (dau of Wm. & Carrie (Hooey)) Oct 1, 1923 - Oct 2, 1923 (unmarked grave per G. Melland)
Thompson Abigail Mayhood d Nov 12, 1889, age 44 yrs
Thompson Alfred T. Feb 16, 1885 - Mar 18, 1912
Thompson Charlotte d Dec 26, 1897, age 34 yrs
Thompson Helena M. 2 Mar 1873 - 14 Jul 1892
Thompson Jane B. 26 Apr 1851 - 20 Jun 1942
Thompson Jennie R. d Apr 25, 1899, age 10 yrs
Thompson John E. d Apr 26, 1894, age 75 yrs
Thompson John Everal May 4, 1904 - Sep 29, 1907
Thompson John R. 1843 - 1921
Thompson Mary d Dec 19, 1893
Verke Anne A. Carlson 3 Jan 1903 - 21 Nov 1963
Verke Anna Tronsedht 24 Dec 1916 - 12 Jun 2003
Verke Byran 7 Nov 1907 - 11 Jan 2001
Verke Linda Deseth 12 Aug 1948 - 22 Feb 2009
Verke William 11 Dec 1910 - 20 Jun 1999
Wiggens David Lawrence (son of D. N. & Anna) Jul 5, 1908 - Sep 4, 1908 (unmarked grave per G. Melland)
Wiggens Delia (Mrs. Niel) 1835 - May 4, 1908 (unmarked grave per G. Melland)
Wiggens Elizabeth A. (wife fo H. Sunderland) d Mar 1, 1897, age 26 yrs
Wiggens Niel (not documented but likely buried here per G. Melland)
Wilcox Elizabeth Young 17 Apr 1848 - 19 Mar 1900
Wilcox Ernest 1883 - 27 Dec 1962
Wilcox Glen 1913 - 1919
Wilcox Ione 1925 - 21 Nov 1933
Wilcox Lena Haug 4 Jan 1883 - 18 Oct 1952
Wilcox Marion E. Jun 23, 1908 - Sep 11, 1913
Wilcox Thomas 16 Mar 1846 - 25 Jul 1919
Wilson George Nathan Feb 1, 1916 - Aug 7, 1922
Wilson Wilbur Grant Dec 3, 1908 - Aug 27, 1918

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