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"A cemetery may be considered as abandoned when all or practically all of the bodies have been Removed therefrom and no bodies have been buried therein for a great many years, and the cemetery has been so long neglected as entirely to lose its identity as such, and is no longer known, recognized and respected by the public as a cemetery. 1953 OAG 2978."

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Sharing a video from Cleveland 19 News Reporter Paul Orlousky about the West Park Cemetery in Cleveland

Sharing a short video that was broadcast today (April 25, 2018) about the West Park Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio.  

by Reporter Paul Orlousky


This is not a long video, but there is an interview with a cemetery visitor who has family buried at the West Park Cemetery.  

There is enough video footage to give us a good look at several markers that are sitting under water surrounded by large areas of muddy water; and tracks of thick mud left from equipment that had been driven through the cemetery and over the markers.  

I hope the reporter does a follow-up video and story before the end of May so we can learn if indeed some of the problems shown in this video that he said he was promised would be corrected actually were corrected.  I feel it is probably going to take longer, however, to repair and put back up some of the larger monuments.  

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Announcing Two Upcoming Old Burying Ground in Greenfield Hands-On Cemetery Preservation / Restoration Sessions - Tuesday May 8th and Tuesday May 15, 2018 -- Start times at 9:00a.m.



MAY, 2018

8Old Burial Ground next to Travellers RestPlease join other volunteers as we continue to make improvements to the Old Burial Ground. We'll start at 9:00 a.m. and work as long as we have the energy. Come help and stay as long as you can.
15Old Burial Ground next to Travellers RestPlease join other volunteers as we continue to make improvements to the Old Burial Ground. We'll start at 9:00 a.m. and work as long as we have the energy. Come help and stay as long as you can.

Monday, April 23, 2018

This News Story Can Pave the Way for Fremont's Historic Oakwood Cemetery to Get the Help it Needs!

"Fremont history fading away in neglected Oakwood Cemetery"


From the Fremont "News Messenger"
By Daniel Carson
dacarson@gannett.com
419-334-1046
Twitter: @DanielCarson7
April 20, 2018

Excerpt from news story:

"BALLVILLE TOWNSHIP - History means a lot to Jack Ferguson.
For 15 years, he tended to Oakwood Cemetery as its superintendent, working every day next to the burial plots and monuments honoring some of Fremont's most famous residents.
President Rutherford B. Hayes was buried at Oakwood for about 20 years, until the former president's remains were moved to their current resting place in Spiegel Grove. His wife, Lucy, also was originally buried at Oakwood before being reinterred to be near her husband.
Several of Hayes' children and family members are buried around the cemetery's Hayes Circle, with other prominent Fremont residents at Oakwood that include Maj. Gen. Ralph Buckland, 1912 U.S. Olympic bronze medalist Clarence Childs and Russ Christy, founder of the Christy Knife Company.
Ferguson retired as superintendent in 2002, but the historic cemetery and how it looks still mean a lot to him."
 Please click on the Title to read the complete story which is well complemented by a short video and photographs.  

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I feel that the Oakwood Cemetery will get the help it needs.  
This news story brings to light that there are several concerned individuals and organizations in Fremont who can pull together to make it happen! 
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An example below of a gravemarker 
that was restore to its normal position.