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Residents work to protect an old cemetery

The Pioneer Cemetery in Cass County sits behind a bunch of trees and tall grass. Residents are now working to preserve what they say is important history that has been forgotten.

Posted: Jun 16, 2019 4:55 PM
Updated: Jun 17, 2019 6:11 AM

CASS COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—What looks like a field with tall grass and trees, happens to be history.

"We found one!” said Vanessa Rose.

Rose discovered a cemetery on the hill of Lake Cicott. Many of the people buried there were settlers of Cass County and Civil War Vets.

"It just saddened me to see them, just basically stones rotting away,” said Rose. “I mean once this history's gone it's gone."

She got involved after her father, John Rose, inspired her to do so. He's been grave hunting on a website called find a grave for five years.

"I was doing my genealogy,” said Rose. “And all of sudden I come across a website called Find A Grave and got there and found out that you can sign up as a volunteer."

Find A Grave is a service through Ancestry.com. It receives and uploads digital photographs of headstones from burial sites, taken by unpaid volunteers at cemeteries.

They use the website to help other people find their ancestors' burial sites by uploading photos of headstones. Rose found these graves through that site. Now she wants to help preserve the history.

"There's residents that have lived here for forty years that haven't been up here or didn't know it was here,” said Rose.

Ron Blackman is one of those residents. He's lived in Cass County for forty-one years. He's always heard about a cemetery up on a hill near Lake Cicott. But has never seen it.

"It's just something that you'd never know,” said Blackman. “You're not going to learn it in school."

21 year-old Casey Sowash never expected to hunt for old graves. Although he's glad that he did and says it's important for young people to know.

"It's history,” said Sowash. “It's the Logansport history, Cass County, it’s just history and if we don't preserve then we'll never have it."

Rose hopes to create a better space for the cemetery and make it a place where all can enjoy and appreciate the history.

So far they have found 13 headstones and will continue looking.

If you would like to help beautify this cemetery you can do so here.

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