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Ivanhoe Cemetery is located on U. S. 83, 10 miles north of Sublette, about three-quarters of a mile south of the townsite of Ivanhoe. Although no longer used, it has never been forgotten, and caring people of the community have kept it up for many years. The original woven-wire fence was heavily damaged by drifting dirt during the 1930s and some 30 years later it was replaced with a cable fence and gateway by the Valley Grange. At the same time, this organization made cement stones for previously unmarked graves and drew a plat showing the location of all burials. Lakeview EHU also put in hours of service over the years to help keep the cemetery in better condition. In 1967 a deed was given to the Haskell County Cemetery District which took over maintenance.
There are 67 known graves at Ivanhoe and the grave of Joe Mayette Pierce, a three-year-old child, dates back to 1886, probably the earliest marked grave in the county. Eleven stones are simply inscribed "unknown." Due to the high infant mortality rate of the period in which this cemetery was used, it is the resting place of 29 infants and children. Enclosed by a wrought-iron fence is the grave of Sarah E. Russell who died in 1887 at the age of 19. At least one Civil War veteran is buried there with his stone marked "C. C. Hill, Company B, 10th Illinois Cavalry." There are no dates shown. His grave site is also enclosed with a wrought-iron fence. Most dates of death are prior to 1920. Probably the last burial was a cremation moved there in the 1960s, a relative of John Adams of Finney County. Two new markers have been erected in recent years.
Few people remain in the county who remember services at Ivanhoe. Samp Kells recalled that his father, Robert F. Kells, often helped at funerals with his spring wagon as a hearse, and the 1¼-inch butt lines were used to lower the caskets.
~ Used by Permission. McClure, Janice Lee. Haskell County, Kansas 1887-1987: A Historical Anthology. Newton, KS: Mennonite Press, 1988.