Wisconsin Child Center Cemetery


Sparta, Monroe County, Wisconsin
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On the 223 acres which surround this peaceful place, many hundreds of children whose young lives were touched by tragedy and misfortune lived here at the Wisconsin Child Center, formerly known as the State Public School for Dependent and Neglected Children. From 1886 to 1976, the numerous buildings and playgrounds provided the temporary homes for these many generations of children.

Some were orphaned, while others were born to families without resources to care for them. Some spent their entire childhood here, while others lived here only briefly. This cemetery is the final resting place for 305 children who were unclaimed at their deaths, many of whom passed away during epidemics of influenza, scarlet fever, diphtheria and polio in the days before vaccines were available. In keeping with the custom of the time, their graves were identified only by number. Yet the memory of these precious children lives on and in that loving spirit they are now given their names for all time.
May God bless these children
and give them eternal peace.
                            June Laxton

The marker and cemetery are located on the grounds of the grounds of the River Run Golf Course located at 1210 East Montgomery Street, Sparta, Wisconsin 54656.

NOTE: You must first check in at the golf course clubhouse to access the cemetery and marker.

A list of the names of the children buried at the cemetery and the location of their graves.

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