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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."

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Greenfield Cemetery - Harry H. Limes

From a March 2, 1938 newspaper article - "Thumbnail Sketches" - Harry H. Limes Has Been in Local Jewelry Business for 22 Years; Interested in Gem History."

In the past 22 years it has been the business of Harry H. Limes to start some 15,000 watches and clocks ticking again, in addition to his other work as a Greenfield jeweler, and his participation in the social activities of the community.

He was born on August 25, 1889, the only child of Charles W. and Sarah Browder Limes on a farm four miles north of Greenfield. After attending school in Greenfield and Washington C. H., he became an apprentice jeweler in Columbus in 1910, and in 1914-1915 he took watchmaking at the Ezra F. Bowman Technical School in Lancaster, PA.

On July 12, 1911, he was married to Margaret Curtin of Washington C.H. They now have two children, Sarah and Charles, who are still at their home on S. Washington Street.

Mr. Limes opened his first jewelry shop in the Midway in May, 1915, and his first work was for John Shrock, father-in-law of B. R. Duckworth, and owner of the farm where he was born.

After conducting his shop for a time on Midway, he purchased a store room on E. Jefferson Street where he remained until February, 1937. He had to move out to make way for the new Greenfield Post Office, which is now nearing completion. He has been in his present location on N. Washington Street since that time.

Mr. Limes is a member of the First Presbyterian Church, a member of the Session Board of the church, past master of the Masonic Order, the Eastern Star, life member of the Archeological and Historical Society of Ohio, and a member of the Highland County McGuffey Club. As a Republican, he has always taken an interest in political life of the county and nation. He served one term on the village council.

Aside from his work, Mr. Limes is interested in Ohio's pre-historic mounds, and in the history of gems and gem cutting. At various times, he has given talks before local assemblies on the romantic stories of jewels, the discovery of precious metals and methods of mining them.

He has an interesting and valued collection pertaining to the life of Abraham Lincoln, including books, essays, souvenirs, photographs, and a life mask of Lincoln by Leonard Volk."