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Wagon Master (#47535502)
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Bio Photo I've been looking at cemeteries where ever my wife and I visit. I'm a little suprised and unhappy as to the condition of some of these cemeteries. I thought I'd get involved with Find A Grave and perhaps make a difference. I'm currently running a small video on Facebook about protecting a cemetery. At the same time help others who are looking for loved ones. We took pictures of headstones on our last vacation and already assisted several people on Ancestry.com to provide them with information and photos of their family.

We are very much interested in our military people, especially our Civil War Veterans and Masons during that same time period. Retiring soon and moving to Windsor. We will be exploring the possibilities of restoring old and abandon cemeteries in the central Missouri area, Johnson, Pettis, Henry and Benton Counties in particular.

Anyone is welcome to our memorials, just ask. Will be running videos on YouTube as soon as they are produced and will post them on my profile. Looking forward to meeting new gravers in the Central Missouri area.

Copy and Paste links below to view videos.

NATIONAL CEMETERY SPRINGFIELD, MO. VIDEO:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7n_Uk9QKEuo

PROTECTING A CEMETERY VIDEO:
http://youtu.be/7pmF12Vi9wg

CIVIL WAR VETERANS, BENTON CO, MO:
http://youtu.be/22MAK-ek55U

HEADSTONES OF FREEMASONS:
http://youtu.be/7Cyd3O4tNm0
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izzybee
RE: restoring cemetery
I do not think it is endangered. Parts of the cemetery is good. Some is in need of a lot of care. There are broken stones, fallen stones and parts are overgrown with brush. There is a rock wall on one side and there are even stones laying on it. At least that is the way it was a couple of years ago, when I was there. I have family buried there and my father even left money to the cemetery back in the sixties when he passed away. I tried to transcribed the older part of Blackwater a few years ago, but so many stones are hard to read or broken. Under some overgrown brush we found older stones. Some were just rocks it seemed. Anyway, like I said, I would help out if you need some extra help.
Added by izzybee on Sep 18, 2013 6:04 PM
izzybee
restoring cemetery
Hi
I read where you are thinking of restoring old cemeteries, some in Johnson County, Mo. Hoped that Blackwater Cemetery in Johnson County might be one you are willing to help restore. If you need or want help with this one, you can contact me, I would be very willing to help if I can. Thanks
Added by izzybee on Sep 11, 2013 9:26 AM
robin schnicker
grant
do you have anymore pic of the grant buried in lakecreek cemetery
Added by robin schnicker on Jan 13, 2013 1:33 PM
Go Longacre
RE: Headstone Resetting
Wagon Master;
I would like your opinion on resetting headstones. If we had done this for your family members without your permission, would you have been offended?
Great question. Here is a terrible answer, "It depends."
I hate to see the original stone not used.
Some one put a huge, very nice, stone on my great grandfather's grave in Basin Knob. I do not know if the original was removed. It may have been unreadable, or broken. I have no clue what happened to it. Besides that, on the new stone the lettering is very thin. It is less than 15 years old and parts of it are unreadable. In a climate with deep frost, the lettering needs to be deep to survive 100 winters. When I walk off, I want to have the feeling that it will last another 100 to 150 years.
For my Gr grandfathers stone, the expensive of having the lettering redone with deep lettering is equal to the cost of a new stone with the deep lettering. It is a quandary.
If the old stone was still there, depending on its size and ageing, it might be possible to have it redone and reset at at a great cost saving.
On a couple of the other stones, I sanded the lichen off and wiped them with bleach. Some consider that a huge error. The lichen stays in the 'pores' & cracks of the stone, but it at least slow it's growth. I wouldn't have done that to a stone that was worn to the point that it was hard to read, I would have paid to have it restored.
For the stones I've done in California, most of that is a non issue, without the extreme winters, old stones last much longer and the depth of the lettering doesn't matter.
I'll e mail you with some other ideas.
Added by Go Longacre on Dec 22, 2012 9:43 PM
Kelly Sluiter (Shadbolt)
Arthur Jerome Shadbolt
Can you please transfer this to me. He is my father. Thanks Kelly
Added by Kelly Sluiter (Shadbolt) on Jun 30, 2011 7:36 PM
 

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