Cemetery notes and/or description: Located 1/2 mile south of Riverdale, on the northwest corner of 70th St. north and Western Road. Seventy Six Twp. Location from Riverdale: ½ S.
The first burials were 2 little girls of a family who were traveling through the country. They were playing by a camp fire when their clothing caught fire and they burned to death. They were buried on land belonging to William and Eliza Burrows, who donated 1 acre of land for burial purposes.
The first recorded burial was Charles M. Cross, in 1877.
In 1879, a neighborhood group met and elected the following trustees: Warren Barker, Pres; Littlejohn Baker and C.W. Palmer. The Charter was also signed by Harmon Straw and W.H. McMath. It was filed Aug. 3, 1885.
In 1904, Susan J. and William Clough sold 2 acres on the north and west to the association. Mrs. Mary Conn paid for 1 of those acres.
In early December of 1961, the cemetery sexton was burning weeds along the road when he noticed a dark patch on the grounds which was a strange cave-in. It was a 50 foot deep crater. It didn't fill with water or other liquid and on one could see any grass or dirt in the bottom. One theory is that an underground current carried away the dirt as it fell down.
After this happened, many people moved bodies and markers to other cemeteries. It is believed no graves were lost to the cave-in.
Quite some time after the cave-in, a bulldozer was brought in to fill the hole. In later years, the area continues to sink, slowly and gradually.