The Enns Cemetery of Scratching River Settlement

I’ll admit I’m a little surprised that no one’s called me out on this yet — in all the years that Mennotoba has existed, I have not once written a post about anything in the Scratching River Settlement. Not anything in Rosenort, nor Riverside.

So this is the first.

This past summer, we took one Friday off to head out there and finally visit all the cemeteries listed in the Scratching River section of the Historical Atlas of the East Reserve.

Yep, Scratching River is included, because of it’s close Kleine Gemeinde connection to the East Reserve.

The first cemetery we visited is not a public one. But, it sits at the edge of a field, so I think it was probably okay to respectfully visit it.

This is the Enns cemetery. I don’t know anything about it, other than that it is well cared for and lovely. I would never have found this cemetery without the Atlas.

We arrived on a rainy day, and the ditch is very steep so it took me a moment to figure out how to access the cemetery without tumbling head over heels into the waterlogged ditch.

Assessing the situation. Initially confused.

Somehow I spied an access point in the distance, so we drove over there. Andrew did not get out of the car, but he took some pictures of me, ha.

There was a tiny little path freshly mown into the grass between ditch and field. I was pleased to follow it.

I felt the cemetery is special. Here are the pictures I took while I was there.

This first stone is for David H. Enns, 1882-1917.

Next, Rev. John T. Enns 1850-1917 and Maria Enns, 1851-1901.

And are P. Toews 1863-1928 and M(?) Toews 1867-1905.

We’re only just scratching the surface of what the Rosenort and Riverside area has to offer. I’m sorry it’s been so long!