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Headstone of James D. Knott at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of James D. Knott at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Knott was born in 1964 and died in 1970. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first settled in 1892 by…

Headstone of Hollis H. Knott at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Hollis H. Knott at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Knott was born in 1916 and died in 1988. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first settled in 1892 by…

Headstone of Joyce Faye Knott at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Joyce Faye Knott at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Knott was born in 1942 and died in 2009. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first settled in 1892…

Headstone of Mary Parker Hamm at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Mary Parker Hamm at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Hamm was born in 1887 and died in 1971. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first settled in 1892 by…

Headstone of Ouida M. Daniels at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Ouida M. Daniels at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Daniels was born in 1898 and died in 1969. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first settled in 1892…

Headstone of Marion M. Daniels at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Marion M. Daniels at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Daniels was born in 1894 and died in 1913. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first settled in…

Headstone of Ella J. Daniels at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Ella J. Daniels at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Daniels was born in 1855 and died in 1914. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first settled in 1892…

Headstone of Robert Reece Andrews at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Robert Reece Andrews at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Andrews was born in 1967 and died in 2004. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first settled in…

Headstone of John S. Helseth at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of John S. Helseth at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. This individual was born in 1957 and died in 1992. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first settled…

Headstone of Grace L. Butterwick at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Grace L. Butterwick at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Butterwick was born in 1891 and died in 1982. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first settled…

Headstone of John E. Helseth at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of John E. Helseth at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Helseth was born in 1923 and died in 1992. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first settled in 1892…

Headstone of Marylyn B. Helseth at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Marylyn B. Helseth at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Helseth was born in 1917 and died in 2003. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first settled in…

Headstone of Raymond C. Goodermuth, Jr. at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Raymond C Goodermuth Jr. at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Goodermuth was born in 1934 and died in 2001. He served as a master sergeant (MSGT) in the U.S. Air Force (USAF) during the Korean War.Viking Cemetery is one of the…

Headstone of Lorraine Friland Goodermuth at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Lorraine Friland Goodermuth at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Goodermuth was born in 1934 and died in 2007. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first…

Headstone of Albin F. Friland at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Albin F. Friland at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Friland was born in 1901 and died in 1983. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first settled in 1892…

Headstone of Hazel C. Friland at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Hazel C. Friland at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Friland was born in 1912 and died in 1979. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first settled in 1892…

Headstone of Willard Marie Fredricksen at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Willard Marie Fredricksen at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Fredricksen was born in 1915 and died in 1993. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first…

Headstone of Ethel E. Helseth at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Ethel E. Helseth at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Helseth was born in 1896 and died in 1958. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first settled in 1892…

Headstone of Karl Edwin Helseth at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Karl Edwin Helseth at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Helseth was born in 1919 and died in 1934. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first settled in…

Headstone of Karl E. Helseth at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Karl E. Helseth at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Helseth was born in 1892 and died in 1972. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first settled in 1892…

Headstone of Ruth N. Helseth at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Ruth N. Helseth at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Helseth was born in 1904 and died in 1982. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first settled in 1892…

Headstone of Percival Mazel Helseth at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Percival Mazel Helseth at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Helseth was born in 1918 and died in 1995. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first settled…

Headstone of Betty Lenora Friland at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Betty Lenora Friland at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Friland was born in 1939 and died in 2007. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first settled in…

Headstone of Jens Helseth at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Jens Helseth at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Helseth was born in 1858 and died in 1944. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first settled in 1892 by…

Headstone of Agathe G. Helseth at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Agathe G. Helseth at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Helseth was born in 1870 and died in 1921. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first settled in…

Headstone of Harriet Helseth Schwebke at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Harriet Helseth Schwebke at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Schwebke was born in 1908 and died in 1965. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first…

Headstone of Harry C. Schwebke, Jr. at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Harry C. Schwebke Jr. at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Schwebke was born in 1906 and died in 1973. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first settled…

Headstone of Helen Schwebke Helseth at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Helen Schwebke Helseth at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Schwebke was born in 1927 and died in 1977. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first settled…

Headstone of Charles Guice Helseth at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Charles Guice Helseth, nicknamed Chuck Helseth, at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. This individual was born in 1944 and died in 2001. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce,…

Headstone of Oscar Harold Helseth at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Oscar Harold Helseth at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Helseth was born in 1903 and died in 1991. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first settled in…

Headstone of Mildred E. Helseth at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Mildred E. Helseth at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Helseth was born in 1943 and died in 2000. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first settled in…

Headstone of Jacob Ericsen at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Jacob Ericsen at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Ericsen was born in 1845 and died in 1905. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first settled in 1892 by…

Headstone of Harold Helseth at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Harold Helseth at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Helseth was born in 1924 and died the same year. He was the infant song of Arthur Helseth and Laura Helseth.Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small…

Headstone of Everett R. Helseth at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Everett R. Helseth at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Helseth was born in 1926 and died in 1943. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first settled in…

Headstone of Harold Shiland Helseth and Betty Priest Helseth at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Harold Shiland Helseth and Betty Priest Helseth at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Harold Helseth was born in 1931 and died in 2015. Betty Helseth was born in 1934 and died in 2014. The two were presumably a married…

Headstone of Harold Shiland Helseth at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Harold Shiland Helseth at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Helseth was born in 1931 and died in 2015. Helseth was presumably the son of Harold Shiland Helseth and Betty Priest Helseth.Viking Cemetery is one of the last…

Headstone of Jennie Louise Summerlin Parker at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Jennie Louise Summerlin Parker at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Summerlin was born in 1911 and died in 2010. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first…

Headstone of Isaac Edward Parker at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Isaac Edward Parker at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Parker was born in 1916 and died in 2012. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first settled in…

Headstone of John P. Summerlin at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of John P. Summerlin at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Summerlin was born in 1919 and died in 1985. He was a sergeant (SGT) in the U.S. Army (USA) during World War II.Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the…

Headstone of Mae Summerlin at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Mae Summerlin at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Summerlin was born in 1886 and died in 1977. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first settled in 1892…

Headstone of Summerlin at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of a member of the Summerlin family at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first settled in 1892 by Major B. Daniels…

Headstone of Lelano Summerlin at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Lelano Summerlin, nicknamed Tuffy Summerlin, at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Summerlin was born in 1914 and died in 1963. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The…

Headstone of Elmore W. Nelson at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Elmore W. Nelson at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Nelson was born in 1883 and died in 1965. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first settled in 1892…

Headstone of E. Kenneth at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of E. Kenneth at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Kenneth was born in 1909 and died in 1965. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first settled in 1892 by…

Headstone of the Infant Son of G. L and M. E. McGwigan at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of the infant son of G. L. McGwigan and M. E. McGwigan at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. The date of birth and death for the child is unknown. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort…

Headstone of an Unknown Individual at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of an unknown individual at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. The date of birth and death of this individual is unknown. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was…

Headstone of Mary E. Nelson at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Mary E. Nelson at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Nelson was born in 1914 and died in 1944. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first settled in 1892 by…

Headstone of Joseph D. Nelson at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Joseph D. Nelson at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Nelson was born in 1902 and died in 1985. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first settled in 1892…

Headstone of Emma Nelson at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Emma Nelson, nicknamed Dot Nelson, at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Nelson was born in 1923. Her date of death is unknown. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The…

Headstone of Clara J. Reynolds at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Clara J. Reynolds at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Reynolds was born in 1924 and died in 1996. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first settled in…

Headstone of Martha Hubbard at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Martha Hubbard at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Hubbard was born in 1895 and died in 1966. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first settled in 1892…

Headstone of Paul R. Warren, Sr. at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Paul R. Warren, Sr. at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Warren was born in 1917 and died in 1979. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first settled in…

Headstone of Major B. Daniels at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Major B. Daniels at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Daniels was born in 1860 and died in 1947. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first settled in 1892…

Headstone of Fannie F. Daniels at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Fannie F. Daniels at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Daniels was born in 1877 and died in 1954. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first settled in…

Headstone of George A. Hamm at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of George A. Hamm at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Hamm was born in 1918 and died in 1975. Hamm served as a Private First Class (PFC) in the U.S. Army (USA) during World War II.Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining…

Headstone of Frank M. Daniels at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Frank M. Daniels at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Daniels was born in 1899 and died in 1962. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first settled in 1892…

Headstone of Arthur R. Helseth at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Arthur R. Helseth at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Helseth was born in 1897 and died in 1973. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first settled in…

Headstone of Henry Hubbard at Viking Cemetery
The headstone of Henry Hubbard at Viking Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida. Hubbard was born in 1878 and died in 1967. Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Fort Pierce, Florida. The area was first settled in 1892 by…

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Title

Viking Cemetery Collection

Alternative Title

Viking Cemetery Collection

Subject

Cemeteries--Florida
Graveyards

Description

Viking Cemetery is one of the last remaining pieces of the small town of Viking, Florida. The area was first settled in 1892 by Major B. Daniels (1860-1947), who used the land largely to grow pineapple, a significant crop in Florida at the time. By 1895, Norwegian immigrant Jens Helseth (1858-1944) moved to the area and also grew pineapple on his 80-acre farm. From these early homesteads, the tiny village of Viking grew, named so due to the abundance of Scandinavian families who settled there. Helseth granted a portion of his homestead to serve as the community cemetery by 1905, the date of the first interment. It has since then served the descendants of Helseth, his family, and friends in the small community. The cemetery is today privately owned by the great-great grandchildren of  Helseth, who maintain the site.

Viking Cemetery has been recorded as part of the Florida Historic Cemetery Recording Project (FLHCRP), a project managed by the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN). This survey was undertaken with the assistance of students from Indian River State College (IRSC) under Dr. Kyle Freund. As part of their class to learn archaeological field methods, students assisted in recording Viking Cemetery. They were also responsible for the production of all metadata associated with the survey. Viking Cemetery is a small historic cemetery that represents interment styles of the early settler period of Florida to today. There are currently 59 grave markers in the cemetery, 10 of which have death dates before 1950.

The mid-20th century in Florida saw a significant population boom after World War II. Generally, the date of 1950 provides an interesting, though in part arbitrary, point of reference to examine the effects of this population increase in regards to grave marker material and style. Of the 10 individual markers dating to before 1950, seven are made of granite and three of marble. After 1950, no grave markers are made of marble and nearly all are manufactured out of granite. This, in small scale, represents shifting consumer choices in grave marker material choices that are exhibited in many historic cemeteries in Florida. The use of marble as a material for grave markers declines as the more durable granite becomes cheaper and easier to procure through the growth of rail lines in the state and the mass distribution systems of companies like Aears, Roebuck & Company and Montgomery Ward. This examination of grave marker material change over time is one of many ways that these important sites allow us to encounter history.

Language

eng

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Collection

Contributing Project

Curator

Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

External Reference

Byrn, John D., Susan McSwaim, and Mary J. Wolf. St. Lucie County Almanac. Fort Pierce, FL: St. Lucie County Library, 2007.
Florida Master Site File (FMSF) 2003 St. Lucie County Historic Resources Survey: Viking Cemetery (SL1126). On file with the Florida Master Site File, Florida Division of Historical Resources.
Rights, Lucille Rieley. A Portrait of St. Lucie County, Florida. Virginia Beach, VA: Donning Co., 1994.

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