Some Interesting Facts About Riverside Cemetery
Wonder who might be some of the more interesting burials at Riverside ?
How about Smith Stimmel. He was a former security guard to President Abraham Lincoln. After
Lincoln was shot, he went to law school and somehow moved to Fargo around the turn of the century and practiced law here in town. He was married in the church that I belong to and had his funeral in that same church in 1937.
Hanna, Louis Benjamin - (August 9, 1861 - April 23, 1948), US Congressman, North Dakota Governor. Elected to represent North Dakota
in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1909 to 1913. Also served as a Member of the North Dakota State House of Representatives from
1895 to 1897, Member of the North Dakota State Senate from 1897 to 1901, and 1905 to 1909, Governor of North Dakota from 1913 to 1917, and Candidate for United
States Senator from North Dakota in 1916 and 1926. Plot: Southpark Section J
Lemke, William Frederick - (August 13, 1878 - May 30, 1950), US Congressman. Elected to represent North Dakota in the United States House of Representatives,
serving from 1933 to 1941, and 1943 until his death in 1950. Also served as North Dakota State Attorney General in 1921, and Candidate for President of the United States in 1936.
Plot: Southpark Section U
Spalding, Burleigh Folsom - (December 3, 1853 - March 17, 1934), US Congressman. Elected to represent North Dakota in the United States House of Representatives, serving
from 1899 to 1901, and 1903 to 1905. Also served as a State Court Judge. Plot: Southpark Section K
Fargo has the first funeral of Overseas Veteran in the State. Brought from far-off Coblez, Germany, where death occurred on April l5, 1919, the remains of Elmer H. Thompson, soldier
of the American Expeditionary Force in France and later of the Army of Occupation in Germany, now repose in their last resting place in Riverside Cemetery Fargo.
Some other faq's
Tom Schafer, has been associated with history in the area.
A resident of Fargo since 1939, Shafer played on the same Fargo American Legion baseball team as Roger Maris and the same
Concordia College football team as Clint Hill, the Secret Service agent assigned to Jacqueline Kennedy when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
Stop by and experience the wildlife at the Cemetery.
Riverside Cemetery has been home to many wildlife over the years, you are welcome to stop in and feed them as well as watch the day to day activities that happen
here at the cemetery, Click on the gallery to see larger pictures of these visitors to the cemetery.