The Montrose Catholic Church has no heat and no plumbing, but it is a focal gathering point for many of the ranch families in the back country of Sioux County.
Posted by Brett L. Erickson on January 26, 2012 in Sioux County, Nebraska
Tags: Brett Erickson, Montrose, nebraska, sioux county
February 20, 2012 at 6:31 am
Wonderful shot! I need to visit this site one of these days.
February 20, 2012 at 2:20 pm
Thank you for the compliment! You’re right–it’s an inspiring place, inside and out. I’ve posted a new shot from inside the church today.
May 22, 2012 at 10:44 am
Thanks for your pic Montrose Catholic Church, Sioux County, Nebraska. My ggg-grandmother is buried in the cemetery there. I’m a genealogist and handicapped. I will never make it there but I am soooo glad to see your picture–a hauntingly beautiful piece of an era just about gone.
May 22, 2012 at 12:15 pm
I deeply appreciate your comment! I’ll be at the cemetery next weekend for another shoot. What is your relative’s name and date of death?
May 22, 2012 at 12:17 pm
Also, if you’d like to see more of the images from the cemetery, please go to my personal blog at http://brettlerickson.wordpress.com.
May 25, 2012 at 5:08 pm
Hope this isn’t too late to reach you before you leave. My ggg-grandmother was Caroline Soske Brown buried in the Montrose Church cemetery. Thank you for responding. Loved the additional shots of the cemetery. You are such a perceptive and gifted photographer.
May 27, 2012 at 11:13 pm
Thanks for the compliment; you’re too kind. Thought you should know I found your grandmother’s grave tonight, and a photo of it is in an upcoming post on my blog.
November 12, 2013 at 1:02 pm
I served Mass there as an altar boy in the 50s when I lived in Sioux County. The Catholic priest in Harrison would go there for Sunday Mass sometimes. A funeral or two, I believe. For a number of years I was the only Catholic boy available in the county so served daily Mass in Harrison and then went to Montrose with the priest. I have been there a couple of times since. I always go to Fort Robinson over Labor Day with a group of people. Will plan to take some of them out there next year. Great pix.
June 18, 2014 at 4:09 pm
Is the cemetery locked, or can the public access it? I have reason to believe my great-great grandmother may be in one of the unmarked graves there. Is there anyone associated with the church that I could contact for more information on the cemetery? I enjoyed you photos of the area.
Brett L. Erickson
June 18, 2014 at 4:12 pm
The cemetery is open all the time. For more information, I’d contact the Sioux County Historical Society–they’ll have a wealth of information, and I’ve found everyone there to be very helpful!
June 19, 2014 at 3:22 pm
Thanks Brett. However, the contact link for the Historical Society does not appear to be active any more, as I get a mail delivery failure notice saying the user does not exist for that mail delivery system (the address was email@example.com). You wouldn’t happen to have a phone number for them, would you?
June 19, 2014 at 3:50 pm
I believe the Sioux County Historical Society is a one-woman operation. She is a former classmate oof mine. She ran the old hotel which was a B and B and I believe that has closed. I will check with someone who might know the current contact information and post on here if I can find out.
June 19, 2014 at 4:09 pm
Glen, I’d call Zaina Faint at the Harrison Village Office. She’s open today. The number is (308) 668-2445.
Hope that helps!
June 20, 2014 at 7:13 am
Glen, if you send your great-great grandmother’s name to Bob Wickersham at firstname.lastname@example.org, he can help you. His brother keeps the cemetery records.
June 20, 2014 at 1:22 pm
Randy & Brett – Thanks for the help. I’ll follow both your leads. I’m in Orange County, CA, but my dad was born in Crawford in 1896. I’ve just been discovering that more than just his father had moved out to NW Nebraska from New York around that time. My great grandfather & grandmother appear to have been in Bodarc, and my great great grandmother(Ann Nichols Powell) seems to have come out with them. All except Ann, who died in 1898, had left the area by around 1903. Written material from my great grandmother indicate her mother (Ann) was buried in Montrose, but she does nor appear on any of the grave lists. I am speculating she may be in one of the unmarked grave at Montrose. I hope to get to Crawford & Sioux County in the next year or so to photograph sites related to the time my family was there.
December 14, 2014 at 7:59 pm
It’s been wonderful finding your website, seeing the pictures, and all the comments. My uncles,Thomas Konrath and William Konrath, are both buried in the Montrose cemetery. Such a poignant place….
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