The Stearns Prairie Cemetery is a very old cemetery in Newaygo County. Located in Croton township, just a couple miles from the Muskegon River, our transcript shows burials dating back to 1850's. Although this was once logging country, the deaths listed show many women as well as men, civil war veterans and children.
There are not many recent burials. The pictures show many flowers left on graves, but few modern markers. The most recent burial I can find in our admittedly old transcript is for Lloyd B. Davison, who died in 1977. It appears he died at the age of 49 and was buried next to John L and Ruth A Davison. who died in 1955 and 1962. A single man perhaps, buried alongside his parents? It seems likely.
Most of the rest of the burials in the transcript are dated from the 1850's to 1880's. Some probably have no markers at all any longer. See the above curious remnant. It appears to be made of cement. but with a lower center, that is now filled with debris and weeds. It is hard to tell if it is a deteriorated monument, or what. I am leaning to the idea of a handmade urn, from cement that has perhaps been sunk into the ground, or partially collapsed.
Obviously he lived longer than many that are buried here. The condition of the stone is remarkable, if it was erected near the time of his death. I do like that this, as well as several other stones in this cemetery have been supported in some manner. Perhaps that was what the wire on the previous stone was for.