German farmers spread across the United States during the mid-19th century. Throughout the midwest, the spires of Lutheran and Catholic churches rise from the countryside and in the small towns, marking the enduring presence of these farming families.

This cemetary traces the history of St. Peter's Lutheran congregation. The graveyard filled in from west to east; the largest, and newest, stones suggest farmers' increasing prosperity.

The church plot has been used rarely after the 1950s.

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