JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The great-granddaughter of a woman who died in Juneau a century ago has located her ancestor’s unmarked grave and placed a headstone.
The Juneau Empire reports Paula Haug visited Juneau last week to see the new grave marker at Evergreen Cemetery for Soyla Valentina Cardwell Lockhart, who died in November 1918.
According to a newspaper article at the time, Haug’s great-grandmother died from pneumonia about nine days after giving birth to a daughter and shortly after arriving to the city.
Haug first visited Juneau in 2002, prompting a search for the gravesite. Haug, a college professor in Folsom, California, was able to tracked down the unmarked plot following city and borough efforts to confirm grave locations at the cemetery and digitize records.
Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, http://www.juneauempire.com
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