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Kathy in NW Indiana
Date: 24 October 2014

Contact: Debbie Clem

Dedication Honors Portage Township Pioneers

NW Indiana: Brendan Clancy, Portage Township Trustee, invites the public to a Dedication Ceremony in honor of some of Portage Township’s earliest settlers on Thursday, October 30th, 2014 at McCool Cemetery (2700 McCool Road, Portage IN 46368) at 3p.

A beautiful, new memorial has recently been erected at McCool Cemetery to remember those first settlers who are buried at James Shrock Cemetery which was established in 1836 and is located alongside the present day Indiana Toll Road.

The James Shrock Cemetery nearly became obliterated and removed when the Indiana Toll Road was constructed. The original survey plans for the toll road had the roadbed going through the cemetery, however, protests from a local Chesterton resident blocked the obliteration and saved the old cemetery.

Through the years the James Shrock Cemetery has been the recipient of vandalism and mistreatment, leaving many of the head stones broken and missing. Portage Township Cemetery staff have worked to piece the puzzle of broken head stones back together, gather data of pioneers buried at the old cemetery, and have erected a new monument at McCool Cemetery so these early pioneers will not be forgotten.

Join the Portage Township Trustee’s office as they dedicate and pay tribute to some of Portage Township’s earliest settlers. For more information contact McCool Cemetery at 219-763-2717 or
Added by Kathy in NW Indiana on Oct 24, 2014 3:41 PM
Kathy in NW Indiana
James Schrock Memorial has arrived
Added by Kathy in NW Indiana on Aug 07, 2014 12:09 PM
Kathy in NW Indiana
James/Schrock Cemetery - Portage
James/Schrock Cemetery - Portage
Brendan Clancy announced at his State of the Township address at the Bonner Senior Center on Feb. 13, 2014: Improvements to James-Schrock Cemetery - A steep incline at the main entrance has prohibited access to many visitors. We are currently under construction of a new entrance into James/Schrock Cemetery. As soon as the weather cooperates we will continue with this project. Also, a new James-Schrock memorial monument will be installed at McCool Cemetery. This monument will list the names of the deceased at James-Schrock Cemetery. A dedication ceremony is being planned.~Kathy

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Added by Kathy in NW Indiana on Apr 09, 2014 4:57 AM
Susanna Webber Lewis
You took a photo of the Oak Park Cemetery in Noble County, Indiana. May I copy this photo for my ancestry family tree? It is a beautiful photo.

If I come across other photos would you mind if I copied any photos and/or info you have posted? I work so hard (loving every minute) on my family tree. Photos like this add more excitement and give more of a chance to get to know the family member a little bit more.

The photo was on John W(Washington) Lung's memorial. Find A Grave Memorial# 42061062.

Thanks for your hard work. Have a great day!
Added by Susanna Webber Lewis on May 05, 2013 3:31 PM
Betty Evans
David and Oolah Evans
Thank you for taking and posting the photograph of my ancestor's grave marker.
Added by Betty Evans on Mar 26, 2013 4:05 PM
Kara Gullickson Graper
Thank you again for the Robinson photos at McCool today!! I appreciate another piece of the family puzzle!! Thank you for your help in honoring their memory.
Added by Kara Gullickson Graper on Mar 19, 2013 2:41 PM
Betty Evans
Edith Bickers
Thank you for the picture it is greatly appreciated.
Added by Betty Evans on Apr 14, 2012 9:27 PM
Thank You!
for the wonderful picture of my cousin's gravesite. Much appreciated.
Added by Jim on Mar 28, 2012 9:29 AM
RE: Henry Smith
Glad I could help out. No trouble at all!
Added by PJMom on Feb 09, 2012 1:54 PM
Dorothy J. Shadwell Wheatley
Robert Shadwell
I want to thank you so much for the wonderful pictures you got for me for my cousin. I am in Colorado and knew I would never be able to get the picture. You did a wonderful job.....Again I thank you.
Added by Dorothy J. Shadwell Whe... on Mar 21, 2010 6:19 PM
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