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Resident Decries
Destruction of
Small Cemetery


Lincoln Sentinel-Republican, 3 March 1960

Hunter Resident Writes To Protest Destruction of Early Day Cemeteries

Elmer W. Standley, a resident of the Hunter community, writes the Sentinel-Republican a thought-provoking letter in which he protests the destruction of early day cemeteries in Lincoln county.
Perhaps something should be done by the authorities on interested citizens before more of these burial plots are lost forever.
Mr. Stanley’s letter follows:

Dear Sir;

I wish to write a few lines that may be of interest to the readers of your paper and all of the old and new settlers of your county in regard to the small burial plots that were chosen by the early settlers as their last resting place.
There are several in the county. I wish to cite one sad picture of a one-acre plot one mile north of the Shiloh school and church, in the north half of Sec [missing part of this] north and northwest corners of the section in Cedron township.
It is on record as reserved but it is entirely destroyed since 1932. The fence is gone and all grave markers have been taken away. And there were about 15 good-sized markers and several smaller ones. Some had been handmade.
The aerial maps at the AAA office show when this destruction took place and the operator.
Such actions should be stopped. Even if a plot has not been reserved there should be some legal way to protect a marked grave.
There was only piece of a marker left there when I discovered this tragic scene, the name Mrs. Anna Huffy who died in 1878. So it has been one of the pioneers deprived of a decent resting place.

Yours truly,

Elmer W. Standley


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