Hahn Cemetery

NE of town W off 500E, 275S

Anoka, IN, Washington Twp., Cass Co., IN

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T. 26 N., R. 2 E., 2 Ind. { }.

Washington township, Cass

County, Indiana



The (John) HAHN, or (Hamlet of) ANOKA CEMETERY, on land donated in about 1843 by John Hahn (a prominent pioneer citizen of this locality), is in the northeastern part of southeastern Cass County’s Washington Township, and only a quarter of a mile west of the Tipton township-line. Local historian Powell and also the (1870) deed-maker speak of cemetery as being in east half of said Section 3, But study of aerial photographs seems to make possible a more precise or definite location. Near southwest corner of northeast quarter of southeast quarter of said Section 3.

Cemetery is about 2 miles south of Wabash River, and is less than half a mile southeast of the viaduct on which the Pennsylvania Railroad is crossed by Old (that is, the former route of) State Road 24 (an east-and-west) countyhighway which here runs along the mid-line os Section 3 ), which viaduct is at the extreme north, or northwest, edge of a hamlet formerly known as Cuba, Herman City, and Anoka, but now known simply as Anoka.

Here the Cincinnati and the Columbus (Ohio) lines of the Pennsylvania Railroad, both approaching from the southeast, finally unite before entering the great “South yard” of that railroad (at Logansport). Cemetery is about 1/6 mile southeast of that railroad junction (commonly called Anoka Junction). From almost the very center of Section 3, Anoka’s Franklin Street leads southeastward and crosses the Columbus line’s tracks [less than a quarter of a mile before reaching Anoka’s present “main crossroads” (at or very near which crossroads are situated an abandoned brick schoolhouse, the (now) modern, commodious. Brick Anoka Methodist Church, and Taylor’s “Anoka General Store.” Cemetery is 100 yards northeast of the Franklin Street crossing of the Columbus-line tracks. But between cemetery and old Franklin Street is a (here) very small creek, Minnow Creek, which finally joins Wabash River just east of Kienley’s Island.

Cemetery is on a one-acre circular knoll which, being flat-topped and having gradual approaches from all directions, somewhat resembles a certain type of Indian-mound, though thought to be of natural formation.

Containing a dozen or more various-sized cedar trees, and surrounded by lower-level (and, of course, tree-less) cultivated fields, cemetery is plainly visible for considerable distances in practically all directions. Though not on, nor even every near, any public highway of any sort, cemetery is approached from the east by a very long (perhaps 300 years or so) and grassy lane, which lane is now the property of the cemetery-trustees. The original trustees (1870) were Messrs. David { }oodling, Alexander Zimmerman, Daniel Phillips, Henry Gotshall, and Wm. H.SH.

Tucker. A detailed and somewhat complicated description of the cemetery’s boundaries, ---in terms of degrees, minutes chains and links---may be found in D.R. Book 8, page 268, in County Recorder’s Office vault at Cass County Court House at Logansport.

The following report on the tombstone and other marker-inscriptions which are now March 22, 1941 to be found in this Hahn-Anoka Cemetery, is respectfully submitted to the INDIANA HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Indianapolis, through the


This report was prepared by Benjamin A. Hahn, 515 Burlington Avenue, Logansport. Fieldwork was done on March 21 and March 22, 1941, by R.B. Whitsett, Jr., 500 Front Street, Logansport, with some help from both Mr. Hahn and Mr. William A. Zimmerman of Rural Route 4, Logansport, and after some little consultation with various ones of the citizens of Anoka. L’A.V.M.A member Fred Case assisted on the checking.

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This is an incomplete database.  It is based on the 1941 reading.  We intend to add to it in the future and will accept obituaries and tombstone photos to add to this database.  Please email these to Debby.  Be sure to include the name of the cemetery with any correspondence.

Excerpt from “The History of Cass County, Indiana” by Jehu Powell”

John Hahn donated the ground about 1843, but deeds were not executed

until after the lands had passed into other hands, and on March 2, 1870,

Martin G. Roderick, for the sum of $75, conveyed to Daniel Philips, Henry

Gotshall, and William H.H. Tucker, trustees of Anoka cemetery, and their

successors, one acre of land in the east half of the southeast quarter of

section 3, Washington township, with a twelve-foot driveway from the road

to the east of the cemetery. This little cemetery is situated on raised ground

a short distance east of Anoka, in the midst of farm land, with only the

driveway leading to it from the road on the east. The ground is not platted

or, if so, is not of record.”

“Soldiers: McBane, Mexican war, died 1878; William Fiddler, Company

F, One Hundred and Sixteenth Indiana, died 1877; Perry Hudlow, Company

F, One Hundred and Sixteenth Indiana, died 1864; Lafayette Tyler,

Company A, One Hundred and Thirtieth Indiana, died 1898; Jacob Dunkle,

Company K, Eighty-second Ohio, died 1903.”

Many of those interred in the Hahn-Anoka Cemetery were members of the

local German Baptist Church. For genealogical purposes, those seeking

information on those buried within this cemetery may want to consider

searching websites and libraries with an affiliation to the current Church of

the Brethren for more information.

Transcription of the tombstones was done by the L’Anguille Valley

Memorial Association of Logansport, Indiana in 1941. The record created

was based upon field observation; with a fair number of stones being

partially or completely unreadable due to the effects of time. The current

transcriber has made every reasonable effort to record with accuracy those

stones that are unreadable—indicating letters of unrecognizable character.

The original text of the L’Anguille Valley Memorial Association report

included a preamble describing their work and the cemetery; and these

introductory comments are included below.

“May our departed ancestors forever rest in peace.”



This report was input by Ron Snowden February 2007 for the Cass County INGenWeb Project.

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