Behrens' Mortuary Indexes
Behrens' Mortuary records were kept by the two separate businesses of Henry and J. A. Behrens. The records
cover a time period of between 1879-1971. The original records are on microfilm in the Rapid City Public Library.
The early records contain the most information, such as the name of the person who ordered the burial, the place of
death and some times the cause of death. Later records are less complete. We will do look ups of these records.
Additions in italics or parenthesis and italics were made from the 1880 census, 1890 Reconstructed Census, the
1900 Census and Eka Parkinson's newspaper readings 1879 to 1923. Comparisons were made against the index
to MTV list kept at MTV, the index to MTC and the plat of Plateau Cemetery. This was done to try to make
known the relevant information and maximize the usefulness of this list. Spelling has been somewhat
standardized with the Mountain View Cemetery Index when deemed more likely to be the spelling someone
would look for than the Behrens spelling.
In order to best use space, we have used some abbreviations in this index.
BHN - Black Hill National Cemetery located near Sturgis, SD
MTV - Mountain View Cemetery located in Rapid City, SD
MTC - Mount Calvary Cemetery located in Rapid City, SD
PLN - Pine Lawn Memorial Park located in Rapid City, SD
SB - Still Born C/O - Child of
D/O - Daughter of S/O - Son of
W/O - Wife of DA - Died in Action
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