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Cherry Valley Pioneer Cemetery

In 1886, early pioneer and saloon keeper James O’Leary deeded an acre of land to the Squak Methodist Mission for construction of a church and for a cemetery. Duvall’s early pioneers only used the half acre cemetery behind the church for a few short years because seepage from the upper slopes left the ground constantly wet and soggy. Mourners found it disconcerting to see gravediggers furiously bailing several inches of water before lowering the casket, so the site was abandoned as a burial ground sometime between 1902 and 1905. In 1909 and 1910, when a portion of the hillside had to be excavated for the Great Northern Railroad right-of-way, about 20 bodies were moved, some to the new Novelty cemetery south of Duvall.

 

Photo credit: Duvall Historical Society

 


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