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."

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

"Cannon Balls stolen from South Charleston Cemetery" - Greenlawn Cemetery - South Charleston, Clark County, Ohio

Click on title to read a story from the "Springfield News-Sun" published on May 3, 2011 of the recent theft of nine Civil War era cannon balls that were part of a memorial to veterans at the Greenlawn Cemetery located in South Charleston, Clark County, Ohio.

My thanks to my neighbor and friend, Rick Luciano, who alerted me to this story which is also posted in part on "Cleveland.com."
It is quite sad to see this type of theft at a cemetery's veterans memorial that honors the area's soldiers who served our country. 
The Greenlawn Cemetery is posted on "Find A Grave" currently with 3,197 memorials.   

"Living Among The Headstones" - Book By Shannon Applegate

I wish to thank my friend, Ralph Lowell Coleman, Jr., for contacting me about a wonderful book he found entitled: 
"Living Among Headstones:  Life In A Country Cemetery" 

Below is an excerpt of his note to me about it:
"Living Among Headstones: Life In A Country Cemetery" is an interesting book by Shannon Applegate. A previously published autor, she took over as the voluntary sexton of her family's public 5-acre cemetery in Yoncolla, Oregon - a small, logging community - in 1997. She took seven years to write of her experiences there."

"It's published (2005) by Thunder's Mouth Press, (Avalon Publishing Group, Inc), 245 West 17th St, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10011, ISBN 1-56025-677-X. It retails for $24.95, but perhaps your local library has it on its shelves, or you can get it through an inter-library loan.
It's worth the read!"
"It would seem from the title of the book that it would deal primarily with her residing in or in close proximity to the cemetery. In point-of-fact, however, she goes deeper into the cemetery's relationship with the surrounding community. She presents little tidbits of information which are quite interesting, including some humorous incidents involving funeral homes and local Native American shamans."
Here is NPR's interview with Shannon Applegate, the authorhttp://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=4652336&m=4652876
The book is also available from Amazon.com: