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Published September 07, 2012, 04:43 PM

Fergus Falls family finds two gravestones in their garden

Fergus Falls,MN (WDAY TV) -- We are still a few weeks away from Halloween, but a Fergus Falls family has already had its own brush with spooky and scary.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fergus Falls,MN (WDAY TV) -- We are still a few weeks away from Halloween, but a Fergus Falls family has already had its own brush with spooky and scary.

A simple landscaping job took a bizarre turn when the homeowners uncovered two gravestones in the garden. Veterans from the Civil and Spanish American war.

Carrie Ames: "I was just in shock."

Carrie Ames hasn't lived in her cozy neighborhood home long here in Fergus Falls.

Carrie: "We were tearing things up and cleaning."

And so when she and family began clearing an old garden of hostas and weeds, what a discovery when they stumbled upon something that was part of a foundation for a decorative water fountain.

And so my cousin took a shovel and flipped it and realized it was a gravestone and she said Carrie you need to come over here. Two grave markers

Carrie: "We had to see what was under the next one, and it was really cool, Civil War veteran and 1917 that is so crazy."

Here they are. The monuments honoring Civil War Veteran Jacob Nelson and his son, Amos, a Spanish American War Vet.

Carrie: "They are from Fergus Falls, we did research."

But for Carrie, the biggest questions was also the scariest, even a little creepy.

Carrie: "I was a little scared someone was buried here."

After a little research it turns out, that Jacob and his son Amos are not burried in Carrie's back yard but resting comfortably here at the Oak Grove Cemetery just outside the city.

Turns out the experienced researchers at the Otter Tail County Museum, along with cemetery workers, helped us find Jacob and his son Amos. Their decorated graves among the oaks.

Kathy Evavold/Otter Tail Co. Historical Society: "And that father and son had that military career it is exciting."

It is believed duplicate stones were made because of a mistake on the first stones….for some reason, the monuments were given to the family. That is how they ended up in what is now, Carries back yard garden. A simple job to make room for a child's swing set, a quick history lesson about a pioneer, his son, and their service to our country.

The family that found the gravestones hopes to keep them and put them in a special spot in the yard as a conversation and history piece.

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