Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

Dedications and Memorials at the Martha E. Crone Shelter

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary

Martha Crone Shelter

Martha E. Crone

Shelter Dedication PlaqueAlthough it is dedicated to the City of Minneapolis, the Martha E. Crone Shelter at the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden was named in her honor when it was built by the Friends in 1969-70. When Martha retired from activities associated with the Garden in 1971, she had dedicated 53 years of her life to the area she loved.

Beginning as a helper to Eloise Butler, she was the one who carried on the position of Curator after the death of Eloise in 1933. That role was her life's work until her retirement as Curator in 1959.

She was a founding member of The Friends of the Wild Flower Garden in 1952 and served as Secretary/treasurer, membership chairperson and editor of our newsletter, The Fringed Gentian™, until 1971. Full Martha Crone History.

Eliason Honor Roll Plaque

Eliason Memorial BoardOn the wall by the door inside the shelter hang two walnut boards containing bronze plaques engraved with the names of persons for who the Friends of the Wild Flower Garden have received memorials of $100 or more. It also includes the names of living persons who have been honored with donations to The Friends of the Wild Flower Garden of $500 or more.

This was a gift of Marian Eliason in 1981 in honor of her mother, Lydia Eliason and presented to The Friends of the Wild Flower Garden. It is engraved with a dedication to the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden. All such donations are used for the benefit of the Garden.

Shelter Sound System

A sound system was installed in the Shelter at the time of construction. This included the purchase of a tape player that would play bird calls over the sound system. Vandals broke into the shelter and took the first player but it was replaced. This system was a gift of Hiram H. Livingston as a memorial to his wife. Livingston was the architect, hired by The Friends, to design the shelter building.

Tusler Memorial

Tusler memorialAs you enter the shelter you pass under the memorial to Margaret Tusler. This wood lintel was engraved and installed at the time of construction of the shelter. It was funded by her husband, Wilbur H. Tusler, who was chairman of the building committee for the Friends of the Wild Flower Garden.

The committee planned the shelter and saw to it's construction in 1969-70. Margaret passed away on April 1, 1969 just as the final plans for the shelter were developed.

Inside the Martha Crone ShelterOur last two memorials are shown in this next photo. First, is the fireplace at the back wall. The initial plans for the shelter called for a Franklin Stove as a fireplace was thought to be too expensive for the Friends' budget. That is when Friends members Mr. & Mrs. Alexander Dean stepped in and provided the funds to construct a fireplace, the exterior of which is cut stone from Wisconsin. The gift was a memorial in memory of their daughter Kathleen Dean Hilman from both the Deans and from Kathleen's Girl Scout friends. A plaque is on the wall to the right of the mantle.

Once inside the shelter you cannot miss the large 81 x 42 inch wood table the fills the center of the room. This table was a gift of Elizabeth Ann Schutt in memory her mother Clara M. Schutt who had passed away in Nov. 1968.

History goes back a long way with this memorial. Clara Schutt was a great friend of Eloise Butler. Miss Butler obtained various plants for the Wildflower Garden from “Schutt’s Farm” or "Schutt's Forty".

Clara and Elizabeth both were acquainted with Martha Crone. Elizabeth, who passed away on April 10, 1999 (the same day of the same month as Eloise Butler's death) was a long-time member of The Friends, one in the first of Shelter Volunteers after the shelter was built and to this day, a benefactor of The Friends. You can read more here.

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