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May 26, 2013

Picking up broken pieces

Stone restoration begins at Spring Hill

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DANVILLE —

“We’re happy to help the Civil War Roundtable promote and preserve the history of those who fought on the battlefields.”

Buried next to T.D. Kyger are his wife, Sarah Elizabeth; their youngest son, John; and her parents, Iva and Herman English. Kyger’s enlistment papers list his occupation as a “merchandizer.” Post-war records show him as a “miller” and a “lawyer.” He died at age 42 in 1876.

‘Adopt’ a plot

Phillips likes the idea of organizations like the Roundtable and Historical Society “adopting” certain aspects of the cemetery’s history. Groups and individuals have worked on projects in the past, such as the placement of the stone for Lincoln housekeeper, Mariah Vance, and efforts to get government markers in the Soldier’s Circle. She is also interested in putting together fundraisers for the cemetery in order to make improvements and help with maintenance costs. She is working on a number of ideas from a recent conference.

My wife Rhea Ann suggested a series of tours like the ones presented at Bellefontaine Cemetery at St. Louis, where several of her relatives are buried.

Those programs have included, “Women in History,” “Movers and Shakers, Scalawags and Suffragettes,” “Ghosts of the Past Cemetery Bike Tour,” “A Journey Through History,” “Art and Architecture,” “Tales from Bellefontaine,” “Famous Names Tour,” and the list goes on.

Here, our group has done “Friends of Lincoln,” and a “Civil War Tour,” for our own members, but those could be open to the public as a fundraiser for the cemetery, much like the Living History Walks at Spring Hill that have raised money for various organizations. Concerts are also held at Bellefontaine. Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis has a similar set of tours each year.

To help

If you’d like to donate time, talent or money toward helping Spring Hill Cemetery, contact Office Manager Pat Phillips at 442-0334.

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