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Title: Warren County, Indiana Cemetery Inscriptions, Volume III -- Page 159, newspaper articles
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Newspaper articles (Page 159) from The Warren Review, May 30, 1901: “It is a fact not generally known that there is a soldier of the Revolutionary War buried in Hillside Cemetery. His name was Richard BIddlecome and he was related to the McAlily family, formerly residents of this county.” from Williamsport Pioneer, May 29 1930: OLD CEMETERY MUCH IMPROVED IN APPEARANCE “Folks visiting the original old Williamsport cemetery on the north side of the cemetery hill road on Decoration Day will find the old burial ground in much better shape that it has been for years. Through the activities of the Highland Cemetery Association and the old Hillside Cemetery Association, the original burial ground has been mowed, the walkways made passable, graves leveled and hundreds of leaning and tumbled-down grave stones straightened. In addition to this more than 500 unmarked graves have been remarked, although it was not possible to place the names on the markers due to the obscure records at hand. This is quite an old cemetery. The oldest dating known to have been seen on a headstone in the cemetery recently is 1831, but is believed that there were a number of datings considerably earlier than that. The oldest stone now standing bears a dating of 1832. The date of the opening of the cemetery is not known, but is thought to have been somewhere near 1827, or about the time of the founding of the town of Williamsport. The Hillside Cemetery Association was formed in 1885 and the Highland Cemetery Association was organized in 1890. The Hillside Cemetery is kept in condition by an endowment from the William Smith estate and another lesser contribution or two, the interest from this trust fund being used for this purpose. The Highland Association now has quite a large trust fund, something like $8,000, and the interest from this fund is used to keep the cemetery in condition. Williamsport cemeteries are among the best kept cemeteries in this section of the state and those in charge are to be complimented on the splendid manner in which this work is being handled.” from Williamsport Pioneer, May 1, 1930: OLD WILLIAMSPORT CEMETERY TO BE PUT IN CONDITION “After several years of effort, the old cemetery, which was the first Williamsport burial ground, will be put in a respectable condition. The leaning monuments and headstones will be straightened, after which the ground will be plowed up and leveled off and then seeded down. This will put it in shape so that it can be mowed with a lawn mower, which is impossible now. Before starting work, however, every unmarked grave will be located and marked with a stake placed at the head of the grave. Anyone having friends or relatives buried in unmarked graves should communicate with LeRoy Pope or Fred Holtz and these graves will be located and temporarily marked. It is planned to start work next Monday.” (Page 160) from Lafayette Journal & Courier, June 29, 1969: MAN, 72, KEEPS BUSY MOWING RURAL CEMETERIES IN WARREN, by Bonne Swaim INDEPENDENCE—In this day and age when everyone seems to want a job with less work and more coffee breaks, it’s refreshing to find someone who does more than he’s expected to – just because it needs to be done. Such a person is Oscar Watkins of Rt. 3, hired by several township trustees to take care of area cemeteries. Visitors and passersby often remark how nice the cemeteries in the Independence area appear on Memorial Day and throughout the summer, but few are aware of the huge part Watkins plays in those cemeteries being that way. For years Oscar has mowed the Warren Township cemeteries, Independence East and West, James Cemetery on the road to Pine Village, Bethel Cemetery east of the Big Pine Golf course and Douglas Cemetery on the farm owned by Artie Taylor. Watkins says he mows the cemeteries when “they need it”, and that doesn’t mean when the grass is knee-high. He states, “I don’t like for the grass to get too tall – it’s harder to mow, and looks terrible unless it’s raked.” The Independence, James and Bethel cemeteries are close to the road and may be seen by passersby. However, the Douglas (sometimes referred to as Kickapoo) Cemetery is probably visited only once a year when Olin Gaskill takes the flags to the graves of the four Civil War veterans buried there: Isaac J. W. Waldrip, Co. B., 72nd Regt., Indiana Volunteers, died 1864; John Waldrip, Co. D., 60th Regt., Ind. Vols., died 1873; David D. Warwick, Co. F., 21st Regt., Ind. Vols., died 1872; and Luke Conner, Co. G., 10th Regt., Ind. Vols., died 1873. Yet the cemetery looks just as nice as the others – in spite of the fact for the past three years there has been no road back to it an dOscar must pull his mower up a steep hill with a rope. The road was cut away when Artie Taylor was digging gravel out of his pit. He has promised to build a new road. But Oscar can’t wait for a road. When the cemetery needs moving it’s mowed. Mr. and Mrs. Watkins live 4 ½ miles north of Independence. In addition to the Warren Township cemeteries he also takes care of the Davis Cemetery in Medina Township. In his spare time he milks two cows, raises a few hogs and takes care of a large garden. He is retired, having worked several years at the old Foresman elevator. He observed his 72nd birthday in January.

Date: 5/30/1986
Origin: Warren County, Indiana Cemetery Inscriptions
Record ID: 00003034
Type: Cemetery Record
Source Archive: Jenkins-Knowles
Date Entered: 3/14/2011
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Addie Jernagan

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