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This database is an index to the San Poil Cemetery #1081 located in Keller, Ferry County, Washington.
There are 246 names listed and 3 unidentified.
Kuehne Rd, Keller WA
Lat: 48° 02' 02"N, 118° 39' 31"W
T29N R33E Sec 9
You can reach this cemetery from Keller by driving north for about a half-mile, turn right at the bridge, crossing the San Poil River. The road will curve right onto Silvercreek Road, Continue south for about 3.6 mi to Kuehne Road. Before you reach Kuehne Road, Silvercreek Road heads west, so you will make a left turn onto Kuehne Road and be heading south again. The cemetery will be on the right or west side of the road in about a mile from the turn.
To reach Keller WA, one can either go from Wilbur WA, across the Columbia River on the Keller Ferry, or come into Keller on Hwy 21 from Republic WA, which is to the north of Keller.
Some call this cemetery the Kuehne Road Cemetery, and others simply say the Indian Cemetery. At the time of the moving of the various cemeteries before the flooding of Grand Coulee Dam it was called the "New Keller" Cemetery. It is situated along the San Poil River, perhaps lending to the choice of the present name.
Additional listings for those buried in this cemetery can be found in the flooded cemetery records, in Annie Kauffman, Covington, Felicite, Hellgate, Daniel Ignace, Lucy Ignace, Mary Hughes, Mary Keller, Quin-Wha-Etsa, Robert Sorimpt, San Poil Mission, Tribal #40, Tribal #184, TW Slemp, Unknown and Whitestone Tribal Cemeteries.
Many of the above cemeteries have the burial Lot # in the listings, for their burial site in this cemetery. I did not take time to add the lot numbers to this survey. One may also find names in the above listings, which I do not have in this reading, because the marker is either illegible or gone.
There are many rows of burials, with Funeral Home (FH) markers with a paper inside with minimal information. Some unreadable, some with just a name. I tried to take a photo of all, but over 40 of them were illegible, either to the naked eye or in my photo. Many were unmarked, or with a broken marker.
Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur WA seems to be the one who put the metal FH markers on the majority of those which were removed from cemeteries that would soon be flooded.
There were two monuments to signify a mass burial. One in 1938, another in 1979. If they could not be identified, they went into a mass burial sometimes. I did find a few markers which said Unknown. I can find no record of either of these mass burials, however, from a particular cemetery.
I included some entries which I found from another reading. I placed an asterisk * after those, because I found no headstone or marker to matched the information, however I cannot vouch these are correct information.
Some of those in the flooded listings show the location in this cemetery. I did not take time to match those.
I was very excited to find these burials in this cemetery, which I first found in the flooded cemetery records, and each one coinciding with the previous records. I think it proves that the moving of all of these burials was handled very well. I cannot fault anyone when the marker deteriorates. I am sure they are buried there in an unmarked grave.
I visited and surveyed this cemetery on Aug 15, 2003. I used a digital camera, and will share any of the photos I have if they are readable. Many are not very good or not able to be read. Most were from the markers on those from the now flooded cemeteries.
n/k = next of kin
* from church records
s/w = stone with
c/o = child of
d/o = daughter of
h/o = husband of
w/o = wife of
b. = born
d. = died
s/o = son of
P = Plot
Database: San Poil Cemetery #1081. 1917-2003. ONLINE 2009 Washington Secretary of State. This index and transcription notes were donated to the Washington Historical Records Project by Maggie Rail, August 2009.