Herman Borghardt, veteran and volunteer, lies somewhere among us. On Veterans Day, a small group of the fervently faithful made sure he was not forgotten and asserted that he should not remain lost.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Jim Price
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Across the nation, veterans living and dead were honored Sunday, and multitudes of the graves of those who served were decorated with flags and flowers. In a small, solemn ceremony in Wauwatosa, one soldier who had been forgotten for more than 100 years – and whose exact grave site is still unknown – received prayers, testimonials, a beautiful wreath in the national colors, and an honor guard salute from descendants of those who served with him long ago in America's deadliest war. To the accompaniment of a droning, musical wind, the Gettysburg Address was recited over the place his bones might well lie, read by some from the text, recited by some from memory. At an unmarked potter's field cemetery on Doyne Avenue on the grounds of …
At least 1,300 indigents buried on hospital grounds could be dug up as part of a building expansion, and sent to UWM for study. It isn't the first time, and a longtime advocate for the remains of the poor is indignant.
OUTSIDE MILWAUKEE, WI -- A proposed expansion of a local hospital will make more room for the living, and better prospects for keeping them alive and in the best health possible. But it will leave much less room for the dead. Froedtert Hospital's plans for a new 480,000-square-foot building to house expanded surgical, inpatient and outpatient care is proposed to stand atop what is now a cemetery containing the remains of at least 1,300 people. They were the poor and indigent of Milwaukee County, who died in its care at the public hospital and the almshouse and were buried on the grounds, dating back well over a century before the practice was halted in 1974. Froedtert’s plan calls for digging up their remains, but not for reinterring them …