10 August 2010

Tombstone Tuesday--Sherman Township Cemetery

This week our focus is on Sherman Township Cemetery.
Unfortunately, we have no closeups of any of the individual stones there. But the pictures we have do reflect the cemetery overall.
As you can see it is a wide open, neat cemetery. There are few trees within the cemetery itself. Part of the reason the large stately trees so common in other county cemeteries are missing is the age of Sherman Cemetery. In our cemetery records we have an article from 10 November 1960 that appeared in the Fremont Times Indicator. It is about the first burial in the new cemetery, a Mr. Louis Rupp. And not only was he the first burial there, he was also one of the men on the cemetery board who helped to establish this new cemetery.
According to the article, 10 acres were donated by Larry and Gloria Hansen for the new cemetery, in memory to his parents. This plaque is near the entrance to commemorate that gift.
The article further stated that 3 acres of the 10 acres were cleared and fenced. At that time there were 170 plots. You can see here that there still is plenty of room. I am no judge of acreage. I think this is larger though than the 3 acre hay field on our farm......maybe.
The land here is flat, the grass well maintained and all nicely lined up. Nothing haphazard, as can be the case in older cemeteries with jumbled rows.
From the back looking to the road, you can see that all the different sizes and shapes of stones are modern styles. On some, you can also see the military plaque fastened to the back of the stone.
All in all, a peaceful place.

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