Last updated: July 3, 2018
Sons of Jacob Cemetery
67th St NE, Garske, North Dakota
Religion, social history, agriculture, exploration/settlement
Listed in the National Register – Reference number 100001035
The Sons of Jacob Cemetery is the only permanent physical reminder of the Ramsey County Jewish farming community and the oldest Jewish homesteader cemetery in North Dakota. It contains tombstones that are clearly distinct including natural field stones with carved art, one of the most notable expressions of traditional Jewish art. This unique culture of stone carving reached a particularly high level of development in the Pale of Settlement where the tombstones were honored as sacred relics in cemeteries and was brought to America by the Eastern European Jews. The Garske Colony was the second settled Jewish rural area of the state with Jewish pioneers arriving in 1882. The first settlement began earlier in 1882 about two hundred miles to the southwest and was known as Painted Woods. Eventually 108 Jewish men and women would file homestead claims in Ramsey County. The property has significance from 1888, the estimated date of the first burial of a Jewish homesteader’s child, through 1935, the year of the last homesteader's burial in the cemetery.