When they were growing up, two now-middle-aged Minnesota men heard a tale about a gravesite located just outside the boundaries of the local cemetery. The boys’ father would recount this unsettling story, which would haunt them long into their adult lives. Then one day, they decided to go in search of the grisly truth and the real reason why someone came to be buried just beyond the graveyard. And, realizing that they couldn’t change the sad history surrounding the grave, they nevertheless wanted to make a change to how the story ended.
Les and Keith Bergquist grew up in the small city of Dassel in Meeker County, Minnesota, close to the Steelesville Cemetery, which was originally intended for the dead of the area’s Lutheran Swedish immigrant community. Growing up in such close proximity to a burial ground is enough to creep a lot of kids out. But is was the story their dad told them about an unmarked grave that really disturbed the brothers.
It was a yarn their old man had heard from his own father, and one that had echoed through Dassel for almost 100 years. As the tale goes, a grief-stricken father had bundled his recently deceased son’s body onto a wagon and taken him to the cemetery. There he dug a grave outside its fence and unceremoniously dumped the body into it. That would be his boy’s final resting place.