Pearl Cemetery

The Pearl Cemetery is on private property on a hill west of the Pearl townsite. It is described as "approximately 125 feet by 150 feet . . . as evidenced by a surrounding steel fence" in the easement granted by the state of Idaho to Fred Turner in August 1962 and recorded in Gem County Records October 2004. Fred Turner was a grandson of Don and Emma MacAskill. His descendants live in the Star area. The surrounding property passed from state ownership to private ownership in 1962.

The cemetery consists of seven rows aligned north and south, with a lane running east and west from the gate, down the middle, and is fenced by wire mesh "hog wire." Presumably at one time some of the unmarked graves were marked with wooden markers which have not survived. In 1921 J. B. McKenney prepared a plat of the cemetery. John McKenney and his wife Mabel MacAskill McKenney moved to Pearl in 1903 and they lived there for the next forty years. (Photo)

In 1992 the Gem County Historical Preservation Commission1 inventoried, cleaned up the site and attempted to place it on the historical register. Some of the stones were re-set and the historical marker was errected. These photos are from that project. The information below is an expansion and continuation of the research done at that time. In the summer of 2009 MacAskill descendants cleaned and cleared extensively.

My great-grandparents (Donald and Emma MacAskill) are buried in this cemetery and I have been visiting it since I was a child. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Sharon McConnel

Historical Marker

Find A Grave for memorials

Additional Information
Atwood, John   (January 1900) Emmett Index, 12 January 1900: "Mesrs. J. M. Lyons and L. H. Maberry came in from Pearl late Wednesday night after a coffin and announced the death of John Atwood, the butcher at that place. Atwood was found dead in his room yesterday morning and his death is supposed to be the result of a protracted drunk."
Berg, Olaf (or Ole) (1864) (July 1902) Emmett Index, July 10, 1902: Ole Berg, a miner of Pearl, committed suicide at that place last Sunday by shooting himself in the head. It was at first thought he might have met with unfair play but after investigation the coroner's jury decided as above. Deceased was about 35 years of age and was well known and well liked here. The spent the Fourth here with a number of other boys from that place. No cause is known for his deed except that he had been drinking was despondent."
Birdnell, Baby     name from plat; note: Sam & Ida Birdwell on the 1900 census
Brassey, Baby     name from plat
Burbeck, Mrs. T     name from plat
Charlton, Baby     name from plat
Carlton, Ebinezer M.   July 31, 1899 Emmett Index, August 4, 1899: "Ebinezer M. Carlton died of spotted fever in Pearl, Idaho, July 31, 1899. He had been a miner in that camp for three or four years previous to his death. At the time of his death he owned a mine called the Alexander. His two partners in the mine died before him. He was formerly a butcher in Boise. He was an honest, industrious man and a good neighbor. He had been married but his wife had been dead for some years. He was about 46 years of age when he died. The funeral services were conducted at his grave by Rev. T. W. Atkinson of Emmett. His body was laid to rest in the Pearl cemetery which is beautifully located, where it will await the resurrection morn."
Craig     name from plat
Eastman, Baby     two entries plat
George, Baby     See (1921 cemetery plat); John & Eva George appear on the census in 1900 & in 1910. Dorothy b. 7-1897 and Dudley b. 9-1899 are on the census in 1900, but not in 1910.
George, Baby     name from plat
Granville, Mary
"Granvill, Mrs. Thos."
  1908 "Mrs. Thos. Granvill" on plat;
Miss Mary J. Thomas was married to Thomas Granville on Sept. 23, 1891. Both of DeLamar. married in Silver City, Idaho. Owyhee Avalanch and Idaho Statesman, Oct. 2, 1891.
obituary, Feb 5, 1908 Idaho Statesman.
Mrs. M.A. Granville was well known at Pearl and vicinity having resided there for several years. She leaves four children. One boy, William Thomas Granville is serving a sentence in the pennitentiary. Her youngest child resided with her at Pearl. A daughter is in Nevada and a son in Australia.
- newspaper research courtesy of Jo Crandall
Grimes, Florence Baldwin (1850 - 1900 census) 1 Feb. 1901 same stone as Thomas
Grimes, Thomas C. (1850 - 1900 census) 11 Apr 1904 same stone as Florence
"Mrs. Hurt"     (1921 cemetery plat); thought in 1992 to be Phoebe Hurt, mother of Bradley, but she is buried at Dry Creek.
Johnson, Samuel (Nov. 1865 - 1900 census) Dec. 30, 1902 Jan. 1, 1903, Emmett Index: Sam Johnson was killed by a cave-in in the Checkmate mine at 9 o'clock Monday morning. He was buried at Pearl Tuesday, December 30th, at 2 pm. Undertaker Brown from Emmett conducted the funeral. He leaves a wife and one daughter."
"Kidd, Baby"     (1921 cemetery plat); Arch E. Kidd, divorced, was counted in the the 1900 census as was his ex-wife, Mary Shepherd Kidd (daughter of stage driver Joseph Shepherd). Without a date it's unknown whether Mary was the mother of this child or whether a second wife of Arch's was the mother.
Kimball, Mood C. 1859 1924 June 19, 1924, Emmett Index: "Wood C. Kimball, age 66, who has been a resident of Pearl for the greater portion of the time for 29 years, died at that place Sunday. Mr. Kimball, it is believed, was born in Iowa and came to Pearl from Stewart in that state. He was unmarried and, so far as known by neighbors, had no living relatives. For sometime previous to his death he was employed by the Granite States Consolidated Mines Company as caretaker of their property. Funeral services were held in the hall at Pearl on Monday. Dr. George Barnes of Emmett officiating."
Lynsen, Baby     three entries on plat
MacAskill, Donald A. Mar. 5, 1845 Aug. 22, 1915  
MacAskill, Emma A. Jan. 5, 1852 Jan. 2, 1936 same stone as Donald
MacAskill, Kenneth Arthur March 21, 1924, Boise, ID June 10, 2011, Livingston, MT memorial - cremated;  WWII
(Kenneth spent part of his boyhood in Pearl); obit - Billings Gazette, June 13, 2011
McKenney, Baby Girl     daughter of J. B. McKenney and Mabel MacAskill McKenney
McKenney, Richard Angus Jan. 29, 1930 Sept. 9, 2005 memorial - cremated; 
"Mac" was raised in Pearl - obit, Idaho Statesman, Sept. 15, 2005
McLean, Daniel   21 Aug. 1905 age 2 mo. 26 das.; infant son of D. L. McLean
Majors, Baby     name from plat
Rhoades, Lewis N. 21 Nov. 1821 18 Mar 1904 March 24, 1904, Emmett Index: L. N. Rhodes, one of the oldest prospectors of the Pearl district, died Friday at his home near Box Springs, near Pearl. He was 87 years old. Rhodes' health had been failing all winter. About three weeks ago he returned from Missouri where he had been spending the winter. About an hour before his death, Rhodes had engaged in a heated argument with a sheep herder and it affected his heart. His only relative in the vicinty is a grandson, James Lee, who lived with Rhodes. The funeral took place Sunday in Pearl. Rhodes was one of the original owners of the Lincoln mine. He sold out about two years ago."
Rice, Baby     name from plat
Riece, Baby     name from plat
Ringold     Alice Ringold on plat; Ringgold on 1900 census; Boise Co. Newspaper Death Notices lists Margaret, age 18, died 7 March 1901
Robertson, Baby     name from plat
Sego, Donald A. 17 Mar 1903 7 Sept 1903 son of Arthur Sego and Amelia MacAskill Sego
Severine, Lester   Sept. 1911 September 21, 1911, Emmett Index: The three year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Severino of Pearl is seriously sick with diabetes and all hopes of his recovery has been abandoned.
Smith, James M. 1845 1919 one stone with wife -- close up
Snyder     name from plat
Stewart     Emmett Index, Jan. 14, 1904: Charlie Stewart, abt. 55, a miner, committed suicide in his cabin near Rock Creek . . he had no relatives in the vicinity and was buried at Pearl.
Turner, Arthur E. 28 Aug. 1905 31 Dec. 1906 son of Fred B. Turner and Mary MacAskill Turner
VonHarten, Luella May 1861 1914 postmistress 1909 - 1915
(stone reset in 1990's)
VonHarten, Rush 1850 1921 state senator 1909 - 1910
(stone reset in 1990's)
Whalen, Baby     name from plat
Wilmot, Sarah C.     name from plat
Wyman, Clarence     Emmett Index, May 8, 1987: ". . a sad accident occurred in Pearl two weeks ago by which the ten year old son of George Wyman Esq. lost his life. The boy and his brother were out hunting rabbits and by some means the gun was discharged accidently inflicting a flesh wound in the boy's arm and severing an artery. The boys applied a ligature and the little fellow walked two miles to his home but the loss of blood was so great before medical aid was secured that he succumbed. He was buried at Pearl on Sunday."

1 Gem County Certified Local Government Historical Preservation Commission, 1992-1993: Wayne Harper, Jessie Goodwin, Jamie Chilcott, Sharon McConnel, Wade Shaddy, Paul Naher, Gail MacDonald, and Fran King, Secretary.

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