Exploring Almost Forgotten Gravesites in the Great State of Ohio

Dedicated to cemetery preservation in the great state of Ohio

"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."

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Posting Photographs of the Mausoleums Damaged at Elmwood Cemetery - Lorain, Ohio

The "Lorain MorningJournal" has published a plea to find families affected by the destruction of the mausoleums at Elmwood Cemetery. 

The story was published on Thursday, November 10, 2011. 

Click on the newspaper name above to read the story.  

Unfortunately, as of November 26, 2011, many were already blocked in with cinder and cement blocks to ensure that further vandalism does not happen.  Thus, the mausoleums can no longer be entered by any remaining family members. 

Longer shot view of four of the Mausoleums that were broken into and were subjected to varying degrees of damage including removal of iron gate doors.  Also several structures sustained removal one way or another of their stained glass windows from the sides. 

The ones that had the iron railings over their stained glass windows were spared from being taken.  I imagine in some cases, the criminals used the larger windows to gain entrance to the inside so they could work out of view without being as easily detected to remove and steal the doors.

This is the largest mausoleum at Elmwood Cemetery. 
It belongs to the Thew family of Captain Richard Thew.  

The Nielsen Family mausoleum that was severely damaged at Elmwood Cemetery

Louis and Elizabeth Szanto mausoleum with its removed front door.

Close-up view of the stained glass window on the Szanto mausoleum that was spared during the vandalism attack. 

Mausoleum of A. T. Grills with door entrance blocked in as a permanent fixture now a part of  the structure that renders the opening unaccessible. 

Mausoleum of Harriet and William Little with blocked in front door opening.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Featuring the "Top 50 Contributors" of Memorials on "Find A Grave"

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, and especially to all of the wonderful followers of this blog.  I appreciate your support so much!
In honor of Thanksgiving, please click on the title to link to the current "Top 50 Contributors" of memorials on "Find A Grave".  

"Find A Grave" also recognizes the "Top 50 Contributors" in the categories of Photographs, Photo Requests Fulfilled, Virtual Flowers, and Fame Ratings. The names are all listed in random order. 

I am in awe at the sheer numbers of contributions all of these people have made.  

I am pleased to see "Find A Grave" featuring their "Top 50" contributors, however, I know that whether the number of contributions have been great or small, each person who contributed has helped others to discover the burial locations or final destinations of friends, relatives, and ancestors. 

To my way of thinking, this is a 'win-win' outcome for everyone involved.  I hope it continues as long as we have the Internet!   

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Update on Butcher Cemetery - North Lewisburg, Champaign County, Ohio

An update to report on concerning Butcher Cemetery in North Lewisburg, Champaign County, Ohio.  It is now in its correct form. 

There had been 47 erroneously posted memorials on it for about 3 months.  The "Find A Grave" administrator has now removed them. 

I was told that my emails to them (I emailed them at both edit@findagrave.com and info@findagrave.com) ended up somehow in their SPAM folder.  I was just getting ready to mail all of the information to them in care of their physical address, so the timing of the notification was good. 

From what I have learned from reading the "Find A Grave" forums, it is best to send over no more than 5 requests at a time or your wait will be longer. 

It is always best to read the "FAQs" on "Find A Grave" as well as the forums for any updates made on this massive site that now boasts 71 million records.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Spotlighting Springfield Township Cemetery, Holland, Lucas County, Ohio

Click on title to link to the official website for the Springfield Township Cemetery in Lucas County, Ohio.
There are currently 4,095 interments listed for the Springfield Township Cemetery on "Find A Grave."

Friday, November 11, 2011

Honoring All Ohio Veterans on Veterans Day - November 11, 2011

Remembering and honoring all of the Ohio veterans, both past and present, on this Veterans' Day, 2011. 

Click on title to link to the "Ohio.gov" site with information about the two veterans' homes in the state of Ohio. 

One is in Georgetown (Brown County) and the other one is in Sandusky (Erie County). 

Link to the Ohio Veterans' Home Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio on "Find A Grave."

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Update on Hillsboro Cemetery Vandalism - Reward raised to $2,500.00

Click on title to read an update in the October 19, 2011 issue of the Hillsboro "Times Gazette" (Timesgazette.com) about an increase in the reward being offered following the destruction of approximately 50 gravestones at the city cemetery in Hillsboro, Highland County, Ohio.

 The story was written by Assistant Editor, Jeff Gilliland. 

Abstracted from the story:
"Another anonymous donation has raised the reward to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for damaging headstones in the Hillsboro Cemetery on Oct. 7."

Friday, November 4, 2011

Reporting Recent vandalism at Elmwood Cemetery in Lorain, Lorain County, Ohio

Click on title to read a breaking news story filed by Mr. Bruce Bishop that is featured this evening in the Elyria "Chronicle-Telegram" newspaper's online "ChronicleOnline". 
This sad story was also featured on local Cleveland television stations including Newsnet5 (ABC affiliate) during their 6p.m. newscast his evening.
Abstracted from the story:
"Seven mausoleums were damaged — Thew, J.M. Van Tilburg M.D., Tims, Nicholl, Szanto, Nielsen, Little and A.T. Grills."

Let's hope that the party or parties responsible for this vandalism crime will be apprehended soon so they do not continue at other area cemeteries.  I plan to keep up to date on any progress with finding them, and what Elmwood Cemetery is ultimately going to do to replace the pieces that were stolen.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Flagpole Dedication Coming Up at the Copley Cemetery -- Friday, November 11th at 11:00a.m., 2011 in Copley, Summit County, Ohio

Taken from the website:  "Cleveland.com"

"Copley Cemetery, 3700 Copley Road, Copley. Flagpole Dedication.
A short ceremony will be held to dedicate the new 50-foot flagpole in the veterans section.
All are welcome to attend. 11 a.m. Nov. 11."

Currently, Copley Cemetery has 1,413 interments listed on the website "Find A Grave".