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The Zion Hill (Lutheran) Cemetery index lists individuals interred at this cemetery located in Spokane County, Washington. See photos. Death dates on the markers range from 1894-2011, and 1828 is the earliest birth date shown. Index information about an individual may include name, birth date, birth place, death date, and names of family members. Index data was compiled by Maggie Rail, a member of the Washington State Cemetery Association who has transcribed over 400 cemeteries since 1993.
The Zion Hill Cemetery is located at Lat: 48° 00' 09"N, Lon: 117° 31' 47"W Sec 20, T29N, R 42E.
There are 497 individuals listed in this index.
This index is in English.
This index is open for research.
Abbreviations used in this index:
c/o = child of
d/o = daughter of
f/o = father of
h/o = husband of
s/o = sister of
s/w = stone with
w/o = wife of
Sec E = East side
Sec W = West side
Sec NW = Northwest corner
PL = plot and section
Notes from transcriber Maggie Rail, Aug 10, 1999, last updated Jan 20, 2012:
“Zion Hill (Lutheran) Cemetery is located in the Northwest corner of Spokane County, about four miles north of Deer Park. To reach the cemetery drive north on Hwy 395, turn right onto Spotted Road, continue to Mason Road and turn left. You will see the cemetery on the hill to your left after about 1/4 mile. "Zion Hill Cemetery" is written on the sign to the right of the entrance to the cemetery.”
“The Trysil Cemetery was started in 1892 by the Norwegian Lutheran Congregation which was organized by immigrants from Trysil, Norway. They had settled in the Deer Park area of Washington in the late 1800's, coming from Trysil, Norway, which was located about 30 miles from the border of Sweden, in the widest part of Norway. The river Trysil flows by the city and at that location it is calm, so there is one theory about it's name. The word 'Try' means tree, timber or forest, and 'sil' means still, calm or quiet.”
“Erling Westby (1867-1904) came to America during the 1880's and located on the Northwest quarter of Section 20, T29N R42E, Spokane County WA. Erling donated an acre of his land along Mason Road for this cemetery and also an acre for a church by the east boundary of the farm on Spotted Road. The church, which was built in 1901, and cemetery were originally named Trysil Lutheran Church and Trysil Cemetery in honor of the congregation's homeland.”
“The architect and chief builder of the church was Karnius Dahl (1866-1902). This church building was moved to Deer Park in 1950 and upgraded. The acre of land previously occupied by the church was traded for an additional acre at the north side of the cemetery. Also at the time, the congregation chose the new names: Zion Lutheran Church and Zion Hill Cemetery. The cemetery is now three acres in size.”
“I have transcribed these records first from the readings of Michelle Morris and I when we visit on Jul 17, 1999, and surveyed this cemetery. It was in good shape, though not perpetual care. A few more names have been added and more information on the locations of burials found in records at the historical museum in Loon Lake and records provided to me by Ken Westby in May 2000, from previous Sexton files of Zion Hill Cemetery.”
“Revisited cemetery Jun 30, 2005. I found it in need of some loving care. Some family lots are cared for but much of it is grown over. All names with an asterisk * following the entry, I do not have a photo of. These records came from either my first visit, family, obits or sexton files.”
“I have placed my own location on those I found in the 2005 reading. The cemetery has three distinct divisions: The east side, west side, and then the northwest area, which is a short corner of the east side. A road separates these divisions. This is my complete record created.”
Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Zion Hill Cemetery Index, Office of Secretary of State, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov, [date accessed].
Source: Index and transcription notes were donated to the Washington State Archives by Maggie Rail, Historical Records Project, January 2012.
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