In 1889, the Dunn County Board established the Dunn County Home and Poor Farm and in 1892 Dunn County opened the Asylum for the Chronic Insane.
Potter’s Field became the final resting place for of a number of people who died at both these institutions or who died without the resources to be buried. The site is dedicated to these pioneers of Dunn County and Menomonie who deserve an appropriate burial ground.
Potter’s Field went unnoticed and uncared for decades until 2013 when Sofi Doane and Dave Williams formed The Friends of Potter’s Field. Over the last five years, Potter’s Field has received ongoing grounds keeping and maintenance. Through endless hours of research, many unknown burials have also been discovered.
On Thursday, June 14, during the annual Flag Day Ceremony at the Dunn County Veterans Memorial, the following six Civil War and World War I Veterans interred at Potter’s Field will have bricks dedicated in their honor: John Hannon, Fred Hutton, Andrew Johnson, James Mulligan, Paul A. Topp, and Daniel M. Weaver.
The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial, located at the intersection of Sixth Avenue and Crescent Street in downtown Menomonie. Doane and Williams will share more about their efforts to recognize these veterans during a free reception at the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts Public Room immediately following the dedication. Refreshments will be provided.
Friends of Potter’s Field will also receive a grant from the Community Foundation of Dunn County’s Veterans Memorial Endowment Fund to help complete of signage and fencing to improve visibility and access to the cemetery. Dunn County Potter’s Field is located one mile east of the city limits in Menomonie in the northeastern corner of the Dunn County Highway Shop Yard.
For more information about Potter’s Field, visit http://www.dunncopottersfield.com