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My husband, David, and I have done restoration work in Round Point Cemetery, near the town of Agency, in Wapello County, Iowa since 1997. We always use the cleaners and procedures recommended by the Association for Gravestone Studies. I also take pictures and document our work, and I will eventually put copies of the documentation on file with our local genealogy society and the Association for Gravestone Studies. In the years to come if the stones should fall into disrepair again, it is my hope that these pictures will let researchers see what their ancestors' stones looked like. |
The original records for Round Point were destroyed in a fire many years ago. As we work, we compare the writing on the stones to the reading of the cemetery done by Miles and Helen Bacon in January of 1971. Miles and Helen did a very thorough reading and carefully documented any discrepancies they noted with the WPA readings done prior to 1940. Their documentation has been invaluable to us as we work. As we have cleaned the stones, we have noticed some differences in the carvings and the Bacon's notations. Some of the stones had been so coated with layer upon layer of lichen that letters and numbers had filled in and appeared differently than when the lichen was removed. I have also noted any discrepancies with my documentation.
I have also researched the history of some of the people whose stones we worked on, and I have corresponded with several families. I will post my pictures on any memorials that do not already have pictures on them, and if we worked on the stone, I will tell about our work in the caption - just click on the picture to read it. If anyone has any questions or wants any further information about the work that we did on a stone, please feel free to let me know.
When I started working on genealogy in the late 1970's, I discovered that many of my ancestors were buried in Round Point. Upon visiting the cemetery, the thrill of discovering their graves was quickly replaced by sorrow at the condition of their final resting place. The grave site of my 3rd great-grandparents William & Susannah Dimmitt and their family was particularly deplorable. All but two of the stones were on the ground and could be seen only by crawling around in a mass of overgrown trees, poison ivy, and brush. They were so dirty and discolored, the carving on them could barely be read.
The grave sites of my 3rd great-grandparents John & Nancy Bedell and 2nd great-grandparents, Caleb & Mary (Bedell) Miller, were also a sad sight. John's stone was broken out of its base and was lying on the ground. The top was broken off of Caleb's stone and both parts of the stone were lying on the ground, partially buried in the dirt and grass.
I was saddened by the situation, but I had no idea what to do. Twenty years went by. In the summer of 1997, Indian Hills Community College offered a short course on gravestone repair, taught by Beverly Bethune. We took the class and learned many basic steps for cleaning and repairing gravestones. Our text book was, "A Graveyard Preservation Primer," by Lynette Strangstad.
Heartened by our newly-learned knowledge, but leery of the job ahead, we tentatively started work on William and Susannah Dimmitt's grave site in July 1997. Shortly after our work began, we realized that while our class had taught us many of the basics, there were many things that we did not know how to do. Our textbook was a help; however, many times we just had to explore our options and use our best judgement. Sometimes we would discuss our options for repairing a stone for several weeks before we would proceed. On a few stones, we waited for two or three summers before making a final decision. These decisions are noted with each stone's documentation, and it is our sincere hope that our work proves durable over time.
We had originally intended to repair my family's stones only. However, as we worked that first summer, we found ourselves repairing the other stones in the area. After three summers of work we were finished with my family's stones and those who were buried close by. By that time, we were feeling more confident of our abilities and had found this was an endeavor we really enjoyed. We asked for and received permission from the Cemetery Trustees to continue working on the cemetery's gravestones. Through the years, we have also bought new gravestones for three people who had never had a stone and replaced two stones that were damaged beyond repair.
For anyone who comes to visit the graves of their ancestors, it is our hope that you will be pleased with the appearance of the stones. As we work, we treat each stone as if it was marking the grave of our own ancestor. I would enjoy hearing from anyone who has any additional facts concerning their ancestors that they would like to have me add to my documentation of the cemetery or this web-site.
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|Ace||By the way . . .|
There is now a second edition of A Graveyard Preservation Primer. Ace
Added by Ace on Apr 22, 2014 3:35 AM
|Ace||Hardin's at Elmwood Cemetery|
Hi! Photos posted for Marion, Sarah, Walter, Evelyn, and Donald.
1. Joan Eileen Hess, Jan 19, 1922 - Sep 24, 1990
2. Robert W. Hess, Jul 7, 1920 - Feb 8, 1945
3. Charles W. Hess, 1917 - 1932
4. Harvey B. Hess, 1887 - 1957
5. Bessie Ellen Hess, Dec 18, 1892 - Oct 4, 1972
If you create memorials for them (if needed) and add the photo requests I will post the photos I took on Sunday.
Added by Ace on Apr 22, 2014 3:29 AM
|IRISH EYES ARE SMILING||GRIMES|
Thanks for adding the photo for me. Also the other 2~~
|karen ahn||Christine Nelson|
Have added obit and will you check death date to see if I am right. So hard to read the stone.
Thank-you again for your work. It does not go unappreciated.
|chevydelray55||RE: David Lowe|
Memorial for Haley made.
|chevydelray55||RE: David Lowe|
Greetings fellow researcher,
David Lowe is my maternal second great-grandfather.
Here's the path. self-Marjorie Ann McLean-Gladys June Allen-Adelia Lavina Lowe-David Lowe.
Thank-you for the pics....I was pleasantly surprised to see them. I'm fairly certain that Benjamin Harrison Lowe is Find A Grave#23784664 and I am still searching for his spouse's memorial. Need a little more time to look so that I do not duplicate. Her full name is Haley Ollie Vittetoe.
Thank-you, again and I'll get back to you.
|Henry Webber||Wolf/Wolfe Cemetery|
Thanks for letting me know about this as it does appear to be a duplicate. The cemetery book for Clark County, list the cemetery as Wolfe and the other one is Wolf without the e. I'm wondering what the correct spelling of it might be. I went through and deleted the ones that I had added was was listed in the Wolf Cemetery. I'm sure that the two should be merged. Thanks again for letting me know. Henry Webber
|karen christy meeker||Memorial# 73859633|
Thanks for the excellent tombstone pic and for the info on correct spelling of last name.
|Ray Smith||Molly Jackson|
Mrs. I. W. Jackson, 67, passed away at her home at Iowa Center Saturday, May 16, following a paralytic stroke.
Mrs. Jackson was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Giltner of Agency Iowa. She was married in 1902 to I. W. Jackson and has been a resident of Iowa Center for many years.
The Deceased leaves as her survivors, her husband, I. W. Jackson of Iowa Center; Three children, Mary L. Jackson of Worland, Wy. Charles Wesley Jackson ofGering Ne. and John Giltner Jackson of Chadron Ne.; Two grandchildren, Mary Francis and Betty Jean Jackson; a brother Ed Giltner of Agency Iowa; two foster children Grant Jackson of Chugwater, Wy and Mrs Daisy Storm of Hillsboro, Iowa.
She was a member of M. E. Church.
Funeral services were held at the Colyer mortuary Monday afternoon may 18. Reverand J. W. Walker officiated. Interment was made in the Falley View Cemetery.
In the short write up her husband was refered to as John W. Jackson.
I found no record of him in the Torrington cemetery.
Good luck with your research.
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