Five Points Cemetery
Akan Township, Richland County, Wisconsin USA
Tales The Tombstones Tell - Republican Observer
- June 14, 1956
It was in March of 1890, that the first burial was
made in the Five Points cemetery in the town of Akan. This well kept
cemetery is across the highway from the present Five Points church. It
formerly was the site of the frame structure which was destroyed by
fire. Evidences of its foundation may still be seen.
Here in this cemetery sleeping away the years, are
many of the pioneers of the Five Points area. The first burial to be
made there was the body of Kittle Swanson, who died on March 1, 1890.
Mr. Swanson, we learned, was a native of Norway. On his tombstone it
says that he was 62 years of age and underneath his name are carved
these words: "A precious one from us is gone, a voice we loved is
stilled, a place is vacant in our home which never can be filled."
That verse is a favorite one and appears upon stones
in many cemeteries hereabouts. Mr. Swanson seems to be the only burial
on his lot as no other names appear upon the stone. His burial in March
1890, was, as noted above, the first to be made there. However other
burials followed in the same year. It must have been spoken about as
mourners and friends stood about the grave, the only one at the time in
On our trip to the Five Points cemetery we were
accompanied as a special guide and to interpret or translate the words
carved upon the stones in Norwegian, by our friend Charles Johnson of
Richland Center. For instance upon the monument of Maren Hanson, who
died in 1932, were these words: Jesus Annamer Sydere. Mr. Johnson said
translated they were in English "Jesus Saves Sinners". On the monument
at the grave of Andrias Olsen Steenseng was this: "Fodt Feb. 14, 1827;
Dode, Feb. 4, 1904. Hvil L. Fred." This gave the date of birth and the
date of death and the words "Rest in Peace."
There were but few monuments upon the which the
inscriptions were in Norwegian, but different spelling of names gets
one a bit confused as to who is who. The graveyard stones have Hansen,
Hanson or Munson, Monson, Munsen. First names are a guide but when
there are three or four monuments with the same first and last names it
is indeed a guess as to who is who.
We found among other monuments one for Mr. and Mrs.
Albert Monson, long time residents of Richland Center and of Five
Points. Both now rest in the cemetery. Some 15 or more years ago this
writer was at the cemetery with Mr. Monson and he pointed out the
grave of Kittle Swanson and others who are buried there. Mr. Monson's
parents are there along with other well known pioneers. Albert Monson
kept store at Five Points for many years. Previous to his store keeping
days he was a clerk in the H. B. Allan drug store in Richland Center.
He also served as clerk of the courts for Richland county, and became
postmaster at Five Points in 1898, following Nels Anderson, an uncle.
While Albert was clerk of the court, the postmaster was a brother,
Chris, and when Albert's term as clerk of courts expired he, Albert,
became postmaster again and remained as such until the office was
discontinued in 1911, and the mail was supplied by rural route out of
Boaz; later out of Tavera, and at present it is out of Blue River. Mr.
Monson erected a store building at Five Points in 1901. Mrs. Monson's
parents were Mr. and Mrs. Barnhart Anderson, natives of Norway, coming
to America in 1871, locating in the town of Eagle.
Mr. Monson's parents were also natives of Norway,
coming to America from the land across the sea.
Either the second or third burial in the cemetery
was that of Ingebor Marie Goplin, who was born April. 14, 1819, came to
America in June 1877, and died in the town of Akan, May 24, 1890.
John Johnson, long time resident of Richland
Center, is also buried in the cemetery. Other names upon some of the
stones are Goplen, Harris, Gulsrud, Eng, Hanson, Jacobson, Rognholt,
Surrem, Bergum. There is, we believe, but one Civil War veteran buried
in the cemetery. He is Ole Monson, father of Albert, who together with
his wife Anna, rest beneath the sod, close to, the grave of their son.
There are markers from World War I and II and the Korean War in the
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