Elk River Cemetery Board

Forrest Kreisher (front) is shown with the current Elk River Cemetery Board members (l to r): Marsha Martin, DeEtta Mitchell and Tim Brinkley.

It was 1955 when Forrest “Babe” Kreisher came to Elk River. That was the year Carl Jockheck, Eugene Friend, Frank Currier and Tom Lower began to clean up the brush pile area that was used for a cemetery, the Three Pines Cemetery. The ground was donated to Elk River by Potltach Corporation in 1912, but not much work was done to establish a cemetery in that location prior to 1955.

Eugene Friend and Leonard Foster got the ground into a tax entity for funds to maintain the cemetery in 1958 by a vote from the Clearwater County Commissioners. This made it possible for an elected board to have access to property taxes and required them to follow state law. Bert Monroe was the first maintenance man and Shirley Monroe was the first secretary. Della Kreisher, Forrest’s wife, took over the secretary position when Monroe left.

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