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The Unknown Citizen
Could it be, that the first citizen of Camrose was never identified?

During my search for information regarding cemeteries in the Camrose County,many helpful residents have directed my attention to another cemetery, that I had overlooked, or given me clues to unregistered sites.
From this , i've been able to fulfill my commitment to the Canada GenWeb with a full compliment of cemeteries
from our county. This page has been published for an article that was , as stated previously , brought to my attention from one of the helpful residents i've described.

    Digs foundation, finds old skeleton
Camrose Canadian
July 11, 1962
    A surprizing discovery of a human skeleton buried close to the surface of the land being prepared for Page Hersey's new pipe mill last Friday aroused all kinds of speculation in town . Questions as to whose remains they might be , and how they came to be buried in that spot have been circulating ever since.
    Immediate speculation that it might be the remains of Frank Willey, golf pro of Edmonton who disappeared several weeks ago, were quickly dispelled when it was learned the skeleton measured only four feet in height , and had been in the ground for many years. It was found buried only twenty-two inches below the surface.
Not Startled
Back-hoe operator Herman Rompain told the Canadian he wasn't concerned when his machine scraped away the sidewall of the grave and revealed a group of bones about 9 a.m., machine operators are accustomed to digging up skeletons of buffalo ,deer, dogs, etc. About half an hour later however,it occured to him these bones were different
and he went back to investigate .
    He discovered the bones were roughly at right angles to the trench . Digging into the side along the bones,he found the skull sitting on the thigh bones.
    Mr. Rompain then informed his foreman, Harold Cleaver, who called City Police, who called in Coroner Dr. Young. The remains were removed by Police and forwarded to the University at Edmonton for investigation.
    The skeleton was found lying on it's back , all in line ,except for the head , and the vertebrae, which seemed disconnected just above the pelvis. The skeleton gave the impression of having been there for forty or fifty years,possibly.
    Found with the skeleton were several items of clothing , including buttons belt buckle , knife blade, pipe bowl , and jewelry, including several teeth which had fallen from their socket . The teeth were reported to be in very good shape , City Police told the Canadian, indicating the probability of a comparitively young adult.
    A wave of speculation ran through the community over identity of the person buried there, and the circumstances. Reports were received that at one time Indians used to bury their dead in the area, but this would
have been many years ago. Presence of the rings and large decorative buttons lent some support to the idea of a woman . This was strengthened with the report of only 48 " in height.
    However , the unusual location of the skull , plus the break in the backbone, and the addition of the large knife blade, gave rise to the theory of foul play. Disappearances of many years ago have been searched for , but nothing has checked out yet.
    At present report, the police department has received no reply from the university hospital on the remains forwarded to them.

Shades of the Past

Found in the grave with the bones were the items shown above, as they were spread out in the local police station ,
with glass sealers surrounding them. The right foreground shows a long skinning knife or spearhead , while the long oval above seems to be a belt buckle. The left corner shows the bowl of an old pipe , next to two rings . Three metal buttons are shown in the picture,together with six larger wooden buttons. Also shown are a number of teeth , and other miscellaneous bits.