Tigard Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery 
OR
Tigard Evangelical Lutheran German Cemetery.
OR
Sunset Pioneer Cemetery
City of Tigard, Washington County, Oregon

SIGN: 
Inscription on brass plaque at ground level right side at entry says: 

Sunset Pioneer Cemetery, founded 1886 by Trinity Evangelical Church, Tigard, Oregon. In memory of the Tigerville Pioneers. Maintained by The Tigard Breakfast Club, plaque donated by The Tigard Rotary Club in memory of Paul Harris, founder. The brass plaque looks quite new.

NAMES:
There is disagreement on the original name of this cemetery. One contributor thinks the name changed at one time and was known as The Trinity Evangelical Lutheran German Cemetery. We haven't yet determined where the name 'Sunset Pioneer Cemetery" came from. What is clear is that the congregation was primarily German and spoke German..........much of the writing is in German. It is said they were farmers.

CREDITS:
Combined compilation of members of a DAR Group (1940's), recheck by Jay and Sue Balfour and Judith E. Goldmann (1960's), visit by Ken and Phyllis Hoggatt (1990's), and Jan Healy's work while compiling an Oregon Burial Site Guide (1990's). Transcription by Joan E. Hamilton of Tualatin, Oregon with grateful appreciation to Judy Goldmann for providing the cemetery list.

RECENT ACTIVITIES: Mid July 2003
Joani typed up the record from that provided by Judy Goldman, Don Kelly walked the cemetery and recorded everything legible on stones that could be found. The ivy in likely spots for searched for discarded or pieces of broken stones. Joani visited the cemetery and took 52 photographs which will be posted to this site. It is good that these stones can be saved digitally for future generations to enjoy.

LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS:
This cemetery is located in a grove of trees on a hill directly east of the intersection of Bull Mountain Road where it Ts into Highway 99W. 

Driving north from King City toward Tigard, about 200 feet before the intersection with Bull Mountain Road, a small gravel road marked "dead end" and "road closed" goes up the side of the hill about three hundred feet where it branches left between two trees (may be a chain up) into the small graveled parking area. 

If driving south from Beaverton on highway 99W, go past the intersection of Bull Mountain road to the next stop signal (intersection of Beef Bend road), make a U turn and follow same directions north listed above. 

It appears that the newest stones are up the hill and the oldest stones are at the bottom nearest the parking lot. Latest burials appear early 1980s. Fresh flowers and a child's toy show that visitors still come, and the cemetery is evidently not abandoned as first thought. It is quite easy to navigate along well marked paths through the ivy and the stones are surprisingly upright considering the hillside setting.


Photographs of tombstone inscriptions thanks to Joani

 

Name

Order of burial

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Birth

Death

Long comments click on NOTES
1 BAATZ August Wilhelm 28 16 Jan 1836 22 Jul 1914  
2 BAATZ Fredricka Karoline 49 21 Jun 1836 13 May 1928  
             
3 BEHNKE Infant 1 1887 1887 Notes: Seven stones in this plot but five missing...only bases and more
4 BEHNKE May infant 2 1889 1889 are broken. One reads died 1913.  
5 BEHNKE Bennie 24 1893 1909 Third one "We shall meet again".
6 BEHNKE Clara 30 1882 1915  
7 BEHNKE Fred 26 1843 1913 Father 
8 BEHNKE Hermann 4 1880 1891  
9 BEHNKE Julia  52 1850 1934 Mother. 
             
10 BIEDERMANN August 20 18 Sep 1865 21 Mar 1904 Father.
11 BIEDERMANN Elizabeth 18 6 Nov 1872 2 Jul 1902/3 Mother. 
             
12 BINKELE Anna M. 63 1896 1983  
13 BINKELE Theophil 62 1887 1982  
             
14 BOLAND George 47 1855 9 Aug 1927  
15 BOLAND John M. 50   16 Dec 1928 67 y, 1m_d   
16 BOLAND Malinda A. 60 1857 1957  
             
17 BREMER Sophie 19 3 Aug 1856 25 Jun 1903 Mutter
18 BREMER William 48 9 Dec 1858 16 Oct 1927  
             
19 FISCHER Hazel Baby 15 1901 1901  
20 FISCHER Clara A. 55 1865 1940  
21 FISCHER Frank F. 54 1859 1935  
             
22 GODWIN Arthur 5 Nov 10 1891   Child of James age 13y 4m 15d
23 GODWIN William 6 Nov 10 1891   Child of James age 1y 4m_d
             
24 GREBE Elva M.J. 9 16 May 1894 9 Sep 1896 Daughter of H & M
25 GREBE Henry 59 1861 1947 Father
26 GREBE Matilda M.A. 58 1864 1946 Mother
             
27 KAAE/KAEE Fred Veggs 33 1881 1 Jan 1916  
             
28 KURTH Ann Marie 43 1850 1922  
29 KURTH Barbara 12 5 Dec 1844 12 Mar 1897 Wife of Jacob
30 KURTH         Father, no dates
31 KURTH Jacob   5 Aug 1842 5 Jul 1918  
32 KURTH Ursula 11 12 Apr 1887 17 Feb 1897  
             
33 LONG Joseph 39 1857 19 Dec 1918  
             
34 MARTY Mrs. A.B. 27   28 Nov 1913 Age 70 years old
35 MARTY Gabrial 31   25 Mar 1915 Age 88 years old
             
36 MILTENBERGER Voha 18   25 Mar 1903 Age 52 years old
37 MILTENBERGER John 17   25 Mar 1903 Age 75 years old
             
38 MOSER Katherine E. 36 12 Nov 1916 2 Feb 1917 Daughter of Louis
             
40 PIATT John 32 16 Mar 1867 3 Dec 1915  
  PIATT Clarice Mae   1897 1903  
41 PIATT Lyle May 51   15 Oct 1933  Age 1m 4d
42 PIATT Wesley L. 61 12 May 1896 9 Jan 1973 Army WWI
             
43 PLIETH Ulricke S. 16 27 Jul 1867 3 Feb 1901  
             
44 POLLARD William 8   5 Sep 1893 Age 57y 4m 27d
             
45 REHBERG Agnes M. 22 3 Mar 1882 5 Sep 1906 Rest in peace
             
46 ROBINSON Josephine 21   24 Jul 1906 Wife of M.D. age 52y
             
47 SCHAMBURG August 37 1877 1918 Father
48 SCHAMBURG Louis Christian 7 12 Feb 1881 17 Jan 1892 son of G. & L.
49 SCHAMBURG Louisa 45 1847 1925 Mother
             
50 SCHRITT Charles H. 29 14 Nov 1911 25 Aug 1914 At rest
             
51 SMITH G.W. 42 14 Aug 1854 19 Aug 1921 Father
52 SMITH O.C. 35 17 Jun 1869 29 Dec 1916 Brother
53 SMITH Rosa 14 9 Jul 1865 24 Feb 1899 Wife of G.W.
             
54 STEINHOFF Ernest Ludwig 23 1841 1907  
55 STEINHOFF Theodore F. 13 1 Nov 1872 23 Nov 1898  
             
56 STRUCKEN Emma 34 1886 7 Feb 1916 Mother
57 STRUCKEN Fred G. 53 1862 1934 (note: 1910 census)
58 STRUCKEN Herman Frederick  25 2 Jan 1911 30 May 1911 Son
             
59 STURM Fred 57 6 Feb 1865 13 May 1945 geborn Vogt Sturre Heir Rubta geborn Gestorben

Sturre Heir Rubta geborn died

60 STURM Fred 19 30 Jun 1868 28 Dec 1903  
61 STURM Rudolph     26 Aug 1900_  
62 STURM Rosina (?)        
             
63 THOMAS Charles L. 46 1851 3 Aug 1925  
64 THOMAS Effie L. 56 1888 1942  
65 THOMAS Geneva Elaine 41 26 Nov 1920 22 Feb 1921  
66 THOMAS Olive A. 44 1855 10 Jul 1928 (note --obit)
             
67 VOGT Conrad C. 3 13 Oct 1821 14 Jul 1889 Father
68 VOGT Mrs. Conrad 10 9 Feb 1826 27 Jan 1897  


NOTES FROM VISITORS:

Hello - I have a transcription for the stone you've identified as "text in german" near the bottom of the web-page. 
 
"Thine parents tears fall on the graves on this hill.  Thine brothers and sisters sigh.  We wish only goodness to you brother."
 
FYI, the stone marks the Biederman graves (August and Elisabeth's)
 
Will this info qualify me for a picture of the Smith headstones?
 
Karen

 

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