I’d never heard of “Streich”.
Until I began frantically trying to visit every single public cairn and cemetery listed in the Historical Atlas of the East Reserve, that is.
In the Atlas, it’s listed under Historic Sites in 7-4E: a Lutheran Cemetery, which was “moved to Niverville/Steinbach”.
As soon as I read this, I knew the exact place it was talking about — I’d seen it countless times throughout my life, as my family would zip by on Highway 59 in our red ’79 Thunderbird, on our way to visit grandma and grandpa in Winnipeg. I’d be sitting in the backseat, staring out the window. But never had we stopped the car there, never had my feet touched the ground in this exact spot.
It’s near the Niverville turn-off; a favourite parking place for commuters.
One day this past summer, Andrew and I stopped to finally pay attention to this cairn, to find out more.
Wow. The words “when the children’s section became filled” stand out to me. The idea of a cemetery needing a children’s section… and then also becoming filled… is almost too sad to bear.
Another thought: this pretty much means that the highway goes right over and through where the cemetery had been!
Then Andrew and I figured since we were so near Niverville, we might as well go see that cemetery too… and this is what we found there — the counterpart to the above cairn:
At first glance, I assumed the write-ups were identical… but they’re not. From the Pioneer Memorial, we learn that the cemetery was moved in 1974. I can’t help but imagine the road work coming to a stop right at the spot of the cemetery, and the graves being dug up and transferred to Niverville.
So, those commuters who park here… I wonder what they call this place? The Striech Homestead? The Lutheran Community Cemetery? Or…?