Exploring Almost Forgotten Gravesites in the Great State of Ohio

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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, July 7, 2012

Update on Storm Damage at Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio

Brent Nimmo reports today that he feels about 40 trees were toppled during the last round of storms at Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio.  g

"Think Sandra L. Latimer said we lost about 40 trees. A call is out for volunteers to pick up branches and drag them to the road like after Ike. With all the storm damage, tree companies work on the ones blocking roads, fallen on electric lines, and people's houses before cemetery cleanup. Tree company got most of all of the huge oak in Soldiers Circle in Section M except the big stump.... I was surprised at how quickly that happened..."

I haven't seen any TV reports or newspaper stories about the damage, however, posted yet online. 

The title of this post links to Green Lawn Cemetery's own website.  

Green Lawn Cemetery's contact information:

Email: contactus@greenlawncolumbus.org
(614) 444-1123

A Warning - Parents Please Keep Children From Playing in Cemeteries - "Boy, 4, Dies After Tombstone Falls on Him in Utah"

Click on title to link to this tragic story published on July 6, 2012 about a four-year old boy who was crushed to death after the tombstone he was holding toppled on him during a picture taking event hosted by his father, who is a part-time photographer.  This report is linked to the online news source "ABC News" courtesy of the Associated Press.

Sadly, this happens more frequently than we may realize.  Children playing in cemeteries have a tendency to play around and 'hide behind' the tallest tombstones.  Unfortunately, those are the very tombstones that are the ones that, if toppled over, will either seriously injure or even kill a child.  Parents and guardians have to be extremely aware of this possibility.  Never trust a tombstone to stay stable as even a small child's push or pull could topple it over on the child or someone else.  

If you have ever tried to pick up even a small marble marker you know it is heavy.  Please keep that in mind and imagine just how heavy the weight would be from a falling six-foot tall marble, stone, or granite monument as it crashes to the ground.  Even an adult may not survive such a horrific event.  

I don't wish to discourage parents from taking their children to visit cemeteries so they can learn to respect them, but please exercise extreme caution and keep the child close to you and hold their hand.  Please don't allow them to wander off and touch or hold the stones.  It is only inviting trouble.