Prairie View Cemetery, Washington County, Nebraska

Also known as Overgaard, or Danish or Rispen (or Rispin or Respen) Cemetery. The Prairie View Cemetery Association was organized in 1882 by twelve Danish immigrants who purchased twelve lots each in the Western Division. The plat and papers of organization were recorded in the office of the County Clerk in 1883. The twelve original members were: Andrew Knudsen; John C. Andersen; Chris Rasmussen; Andrew Steffensen; Martin Rasmussen; Hans Mortensen; James Christensen; Lars Hansen; Louis Christensen; A.C. Overgaard; Martin Rispin; R.P. Andersen. Of these, there are no recorded burials from the families of Angersen, Mortensen, Overgaard, and R.P. Andersen.

Each transferred his lots to other Danish settlers. The other eight have their final resting place on the lots they purchased; several have a number of family members and descendants buried in the cemetery.

Meetings of the Association have been held annually since its formation in 1978 at homes of the members. Sons, and now grandsons of the founders have been active in caring for the cemetery and its business affairs. As lots continued to be sold to persons in the community, additional land was recently purchased and fenced. The Association was incorporated recently and a perpetual care fund has been established.

There are 299 graves in this cemetery according to this sites burial records.

Stanley Misfeldt
610 N. 8th St.
Arlington, NE 68002

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  • At the intersection of Highway 31 and CR-38, take CR-38 a half mile east. Prairie View Cemetery will be on the north side of the road.

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