Grandview Cemetery History
On the top of a hill overlooking the Sioux River Valley and the Iowa - South Dakota border, was land used for burial purposes since the beginning days of settlement in the region. Swedish emigrant, Anders/Andrew Persson/Peterson deeded this land in 1879, to John Long, Andrew Swanson and Nels/Nils Peterson, reserving lots No. 54 and 55 for the heirs and the rest to the congregation of Swedish pioneer worshipers. In 1919, five years after the building of the Grand View Swedish Mission Church of Granite, IA, a deed was recorded in Lyon County where the heirs of the original owners deeded the land to the church. Located in Sioux Township in section 25, the cemetery was appropriately named Grand View Cemetery for the scenic 360 degree view of the surrounding area. Early in the years of the cemetery, access to the graves was by a steep wooden stairway on the south side of the cemetery. Imagine the caskets with pallbearers and mourners climbing the stairs. It was years later that Anton Swanson donated the land where the entrance and drive is now located. Carl Johnson donated the entrance gate. Graves were all hand dug, until the 1970’s, by Grandview Covenant Church members. Stories survive of attempts to dig into the dirt with pick axes in the cold of winter and fires set over the gravesite to warm the ground and the diggers. Fancy horse drawn hearses brought a few of those buried there to their final resting place but more often farm wagons brought these tough pioneers to the hill. The earliest date of death on a stone is from the grave of Betsy Peterson who was born in 1854 and died in 1876. She was the daughter of Nils & Anna Persson/Peterson, Swedish emigrants who lived about a mile from the cemetery. Many early pioneers from the area and Grandview Church are buried here, 1/2 mile west of the church building.
Grandview Cemetery Land Deed
- Land Deeds Book 80, page 548, No. 90 Recording Fee $1.10
Filed for record this 30th day of January A.D. 1919 at 10:20 a.m.
W.B. Rogers, Recorder by Addie Kemplay, Deputy.
Charles J. Long & wf. et. al. to C.T. Swanson
Know all men by these presents: That Charles J. Long and wife, Emma Long, Anna Peterson, widow, Anna Sophia Ruud and Husband, Martin Ruud, Olive Swanson, widow, Iver Swanson, unmarried, Johanna Cline and Husband R. M. Cline, Carolina Swanson, unmarried, Ida Swanson, unmarried, Albertina Swanson, unmarried, all of the County of Lyon and State of IA, and Alma Severson and husband, Severt Severson, of the County of Minnehaha State of SD and Olga Sandbeck and husband Mathias Sandbeck of the County of Lincoln and State of SD, in consideration of the sum of One Dollar ($1.00) and other valuable consideration, in hand paid by C. T. Swanson of the County of Lyon and State of IA, do hereby sell and convey unto the said C T. Swanson the following described premises situated in the County of Lyon and State of IA, to-wit:
A Tract of land situated in the Southwest Quarter of Section Twenty Five (25) in Township One Hundred (100) North of Range Forty Nine (49) West of the 5th P.M. more particularly described as: Commencing at a point 62 rods East of the Southwest corner of said Quarter Section and running thence North 20 rods: thence East 16 rods: thence South 20 rods: thence West 16 rods to the place of beginning, and containing Two acres more or less.
And the said grantors hereby covenant with the said grantee that they hold said premises by good and perfect title: That they have good and lawful authority to sell and convey the same, and that said premises are free and clear of all liens and encumbrances whatsoever. And said grantors covenant to warrant and defend the said premises against the lawful claims of all persons whomsoever.
The grantor herein, Charles J. Long, being sole legatee and devisee under the Will of John A. Long, deceased, whose will was probated in Lyon County, IA, the proceedings in probate being known as Cause No. 100 Probate, in the District Court of Lyon County, IA. The said John A. Long, deceased, being identical with John Long, one of the grantees of the Premises herein described in the certain warranty deed from Andrew Peterson, dated March 17th, 1879, filed for record, March 17th 1879, and recorded in Book C, at Page 244, of the land deed records of said Lyon County, IA.
The said grantors, Anna Peterson and Anna Sophia Ruud being the residuary legatees under the will and Nils Peterson, which will was admitted to probate in the District Court of Lyon County, IA, and is known as Cause No. 200 Probate in said District Court and the said Nils Peterson, deceased, being identical with Nels Peterson one of the grantees of said premises above described in the certain warranty deed from Andrew Peterson above described as being recorded in Book C at Page 233 of the land deed records of said Lyon County, IA, and the said grantors Olive Swanson, Iver Swanson, Alma Severson, Johanna Cline, Olga Sandbeck, Carolina Swanson, Ida Swanson, and Albertina Swanson, being the widow and sole and only heirs at law of Andrew Swanson, one of the grantees in the warrant deed above described from Andrew Peterson as being recorded in Book C at Page 233, of the land deed records of said Lyon County, IA.
And the said Emma Long, wife of said Charles J. Long, Severt Severson, husband of the said Alma Severson, R.W. Cline, husband of the said Johanna Cline, and Mathias Sandbeck, husband of the said Olga Sandbeck and Martin Ruud, husband of the said Anna Sophia Ruud, each hereby relinquish right of dower in and to the above described premises.
Should the property described herein at any time be used for other purposes than a cemetery, said property shall revert to the Grantors or their heirs, named herein. This deed given to prefect the title to said read estate.
Dated this 11th day of December A.D. 1917.
Olive Swanson Iver Swanson
Johanna Cline R. M. Cline
Ida Swanson Albertina Swanson
Olga Sandbeck Mathias Sandbeck
Carolina Swanson Charles J. Long
Emma Long (her mark, witness mark by O.E. Holly & August Swanson)
Anna Peterson (her mark, witness mark by O.E. Holly & August Swanson)
Anna Sophia Ruud Martin Ruud
Alma Severson Severt Severson
State of IA, Lyon County, SS:
On this 11th day of December A.D. 1917, before me a Notary Public in and for said County personally appeared, Charles J. Long and wife, Emma Long, Anna Peterson, widow, Anna Sophia Ruud and husband Martin Ruud, Olive Swanson, widow, Iver Swanson, unmarried, Johanna Cline and husband R. M. Cline, Carolina Swanson, unmarried, Ida Swanson, unmarried, Albertina Swanson, unmarried, Olga Sandbeck and husband, Mathias Sandbeck, to me know to be the persons named in and who executed the foregoing instrument and acknowledged that they executed the same as their voluntary act and deed.
Notary Seal O. E. Holly. Notary Public in and for Lyon County, IA
State of SD, Minnehaha County, SS:
On this 12th day of December A.D. 1917, before me a Notary Public in and for said County, personally appeared Carolina Swanson, Alma Severson and husband, Severt Severson, to me known to be the persons named in and who executed the foregoing instrument and acknowledged that they executed the same as their voluntary act and deed.
Notary Seal A. N. Graff. Notary Public in and for Minnehaha County, S.D.
Land Deeds, No. 132, Lyon County, IA No. 414 Recording Fee $ .50
From C.T. Swanson and wife to Grand View Church of Granite, IA
Filed for record the 10th day of March A.D. 1919 at 3:00 p.m. W.B. Rogers, Recorder by Addie Kemplay Deputy
Know All Men by these Presents: That C.T. Swanson and wife, Anna S. Swanson of Lyon County, State of IA in consideration of the sum of one dollar in hand paid by Grand View Church of Granite, IA the following described premises situated in the County of Lyon, and State of IA to-wit All of the lots contained in the Plat of Grand View Swedish Mission Cemetery, situated in the Southwest Quarter of Section, 25, in Township 100 North Range 49 West 5th P.M. being lots 1 to 70 both inclusive excepting however, lots No. 54 and No. 55 which are reserved from this deed.
Our Little White Church on The Hill
by Phoebe (Swanson) Johnson
(Tune “The Church in the Wildwood”)
Oh, come to the church in the country,
Our little white church on the hill,
Where the Master waits, now, to give welcome,
And each heart with new gladness to fill.
Oh, come, come, come, come
Worship the God of our fathers,
We trust Him as Counselor still.
May His Gospel Light always shine brightly
In our little white church on the hill.
How dear to us now is the chancel,
Where true hearts, in faith, have been wed,
Where our babes in God’s name have been christened,
And our youth in confirmation have read.
Here, loved ones, now gone, seem to linger;
In their stead, we labor today;
May we seek joy and peace in the Savior;
Love and praise Him each step of the way!
Our Pioneers Who Built Upon The Rock
by Phoebe Swanson Johnson - 1962
Written for the 50th Anniversary of the Grandview Covenant Church.
They crossed mountains, vast seas and wild prairies
In search of a happier, new way of life
Left old friends and kinfolk in Sweden
To win freedom from pressure and unending strife.
They chose God as their director and foreman.
His Work was their law, their comfort and Light.
With visions of new lands and homesteads
They pressed forward with steadfast, undaunted might.
Near the Big Sioux, their ox-teams they halted,
And here delved their dugouts on claims that they chose,
Where timber, wild fruits and water abounded -
Their trail’s end - a blessing, though Indians came close.
With “America Fever” they had thrilled in the Old World,
And God gave them a purpose - His Covenant plan -
To trust and to glorify Him in the New World,
A new age of service, as toil here began.
About eighteen-seventy-two - J. F. Wretlof
Came to seek and to shepherd this pioneer fold;
He would gather small groups in a sod house or shanty -
Home altars were hallowed - their faith was made bold.
Years later, Long’s schoolhouse and better home dwellings
Were places of worship. They now were in search
For a “Mission Friend’s” Meeting House. Humbly the preacher
And the faithful were praying. All worked for a church!
Their strong faith soon blossomed! The years now are fifty
Since this loyal, loved pastor consecrated to God
This Covenant Church; and Christ’s love has lifted
And freed many a life from its pilgrimage plod.
May we, too build on Christian foundation,
Have courage for new fields of service as they,
Keep our Lord’s saving Light aglow here in Grandview
And afar send His Love! - For this let us pray!
1914 Grandview Swedish Mission Church Star Quilt Names
In 1914, a large blue block quilt with a yellow star in each square was made by the Ladies Aid Society of the Grand View Swedish Mission Church with people paying to have their names sewn in red on points of the yellow stars. The Ladies' Aid auctioned the quilt off and Charley Long bought it for $60. It has been said the quilt was destroyed in a fire in the Long home years ago but lists of the names included on the quilts were found in the personal papers of C.T., Anna and Mabel Swanson. Historians and family members may find it interesting to see the community members from another time named on the quilt.
182 Names on Ladies Aid Star Society, Grandview Swedish Mission Church, Large Name quilt - 1914: Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Newberg, Selma Clauson, Hilda Hillberg, Clara Hagstrom, Aurora Hagstrom (Chicago, IL), Mr. Aug. Carlson, Mrs. Aug. Carlson, Carl Carlson, Mrs. Lottie Anderson, Beda Anderson, Hulda A. Carlson, Edith D. Carlson, Miss Minnie Lawson, Mrs. Emma Peterson, Mrs. Albert Bennett, O.E. Holly, Anna Holly, W.V. Amidon, Mrs. W.V. Amidon, B. Twamley, Geo. T. Haggardt, Mrs. N. J. Haggardt, W. F. Herbst, N. E. Getman, Dr. W. Webber, E. C. Ellingson, Thoman Stein, John Johnson, Sam Gunderson, H.S. Anderson, David Bonander, John Bonander, Carl Bonander, Ebba Hildring, Nellie Hildring, Axel Bonander, Mrs. Axel Bonander, Oscar Bonander, Edgar Bonander, Evelyn Bonander, Mildred Bonander, Harold Bonander, C. T. Swanson, Mrs. C. T. Swanson, Mabel Swanson, Mr. Emil T. Swanson, Miss Phebe C. Swanson, Elmer C. Swanson, Mr. Aug. Swanson, Mrs. Aug. Swanson, Lawrence C. Swanson, Irene M. Swanson, E. Virgil Swanson, Alice C. Swanson, Albin T. Swanson, Marvin A. Swanson, Raymond Swanson, Alpha B. Swanson, A. P. Johnson, Albertina Johnson, Carl Johnson, Joseph Johnson, Lena Carlson, F. E. Carlson, Mr. Charley Long, Mrs. Emma Long, Ferdinand Long, Fromalt Long, Miss Amanda Long, Axel Long, Johannes Long, Betty Long, Selvi Long, Rosella Long, Palmer Long, Carl Long, P.J. Newberg, Anna C. Newberg, Olive Nelson, H.E. Thompson, W. A. Hansen, Mrs. W.A. Hansen, Sondays skolan, Rev. J.F. Wretlof, Mrs. A. Wretlof, Rev. Herman Carlson, Rev. Karl O. Axelson, Rev. Emil Akerlund, 1914 (in center), Rev. O. H. Miller, Rev. Gustaf F. Palmer, Johnan Stenning, F. J. Hollinbeck, France A. Ericson, A. F. Swanson, Mrs. Carolina Swanson, Miss J. M. Swanson, A. John Anderson, Geo. A. Castle, Louis Castle, Marguerite Castle, Larchwood Auto Co. Buick and Ford, Chas. Shade, J. H. Peacock, Minerva L. Peacock, George W. Fagan, Hilda R. Fagan, Isaac Swanson, Mrs. Isaac Swanson, Swan Swanson, Ed Swanson, Anthon L. Swanson, Ida M. Ohlson, Alfred Ohlson, Nel Martin, Mary Martin, Berneice Martin, Sigrid Martin, Marvin Martin, Andrew Anderson, Mrs. Andrew Anderson, Mildred Anderson, Vivian Anderson, Reinhold Bergh, Lydia Anderson, Berger Anderson, Filip Anderson, Lawrence Anderson, Viola Anderson, Eric Anderson, Mrs. Eric Anderson, Mrs. Herbert Bjork, Mr. Oskar Call, Robert Anderson, Albert Swanson, Mrs. Albert Swanson, Ethel Swanson, Melvin Swanson, Harold Swanson, P. J. Anderson, Mrs. P. J. Anderson, Freeman Anderson, Theodor Anderson, Lloyd Anderson, Mr. Peder Garvy, Mrs. Peder Garvy, Secilja Martin, Louis Martin, Wm. T. Martin, Line Wood, Marie Wood, Ingeborg Wood, Felix Wood, Alexandria Wood, Anna Peterson, Hilda M. Ruud, Nels Ruud, Karl A. Ruud, Fredrik Ruud, Carolina Swanson, Olga Swanson, Ida Swanson, Iver Swanson, Albertina Swanson, Carl Grevellius, Mrs. Carl Grevellius, Kathryn Mc Kenna, Mrs. S. Quist, Gertie Quist, Roy Roberts, Mrs. R. Roberts, Anna C. Roberts, Mrs. Tobias Iverson, Mr. Geo. Larson, Mrs. Geo. Larson, Tom Tweet, Mrs. Tom Tweet, Charlie Moeller, Dr. Z. T. Holtzclaw, Julius H. Rowe, Mrs. Minnie Rowe, and Lloy Handcock.
60 Names in smaller Ladies Aid Star Society, Grandview Swedish Mission Church Name quilt, 1914: Anna K. Strand, Regina A. Strand, Ida E. Strand, Olga B. Strand, Clara Strand, Thure Johnson, Clara Johnson, Nettie Johnson, Leonard Johnson, Olof Olson, Werner Gustafson, Hulda Gustafson, Elof Gustafson, U.S.A., 1914, Edwart Hildring, Mrs. Signe Hildring, Tord Emil Hildring, Gilmer Hildring, Tord T. Lee, Mr. Emil Monson, Mrs. Emil Monson, Miss Emma Anderson, Albin Nelson, Mr. August Anderson, Mr. Hans Buesen, Mrs. Hans Buesen, Miss Bertha Buesen, Mr. Oscar Quist, Mrs. Oscar Quist, Mrs. Robt. Wilka, Helena Wilka, Mrs. Wm. Grotewold, Mrs. T. G. Bennett, Granite Union Society, Mrs. L. Moeller, Mrs. O.J. Feay, Mrs. S. Sorenson, Otto Lund, Mr. Gabe Berg, Mrs. Tilda Berg, Miss Alma Berg, Miss Ivy Berg, Miss Nora Berg, Mr. Lawrence Berg, Mr. Loyd Berg, Mr. A. G. Swanson, Mrs. A. G. Swanson, Blanche Swanson, Arthur Swanson, Elsie Swanson, Doris Swanson, Howard Swanson, Mr. C. T. Swanson, Mrs. C. T. Swanson, Mabel E. Swanson, Mrs. Augusta Newberg, Ada Hagstrum, Agnes Laugen, Mr. Bratlie, and Mrs. Bratlie.