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Kathleen Blair (#47586745)
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Bio Photo I'm a writer, an historical researcher, and a lover of country cemeteries. As a child, my mother and grandmother used to take me, along with my little cousins, to the cemetery in our hometown to clean and mow the family the graves, and pretty them up three times a year for Decoration Day (now called Memorial Day), Fourth of July, and Veterans Day. I well remember the sense of community, tradition, and continuity everyone felt in those endeavors. It was a celebratory task and a time to meet with neighbors, friends, cousins, and aunts & uncles while we mowed, pulled weeds, pinched peony buds, listened to family stories, goofed off and chased each other around, ate our picnic lunches, and re-read the names on the stones of those who'd come before us.

Now, as a grown married woman, with many of those folks long gone to their own rewards, I live in McMinnville, Oregon with my husband, Frank Blair, Past Master and current Secretary of McMinnville Union Lodge # 43 A.F. & A.M. This Lodge is the responsible caretaker for the historic but now closed and inactive Lafayette Masonic #3 Cemetery on Mineral Springs Road in Lafayette, OR, as well as the still open and active McMinnville Masonic Cemetery in McMinnville. Union Lodge #43 hold a Trust to care for the McMinnville Masonic Cemetery, but there is no Trust fund for the Lafayette #3 Masonic Cemetery. This beautiful little cemetery on the hill needs funds for cleaning, restoration, and maintenance and there are simply not the funds to maintain it as it should be. I'm currently writing grants to acquire this funding. Please contact me with any questions or suggestions.

In his capacity when he was Master, and continuing as Past Master, he has asked me to help reconstruct burial records, collect and write a history for the Lafayette #3 Masonic Cemetery, interview local Tradition Bearers and descendants of persons buried in the cemetery, photograph and video the cemetery and all stones, create a new and updated plot map of the cemetery with each and every grave stone properly marked in it's correct location on the plot map, assist in the application process for Historic Cemetery Status, and pursue grant funding for monument repairs and restorations, all of which is on-going. If we can get such a designation, that may help with funding. The Yamhill County Historical Society, and Yamhill County Genealogical Society, have been very generous with their help and assistance.

The earliest burial in the cemetery, as far as I've been able to determine, dates to 1853, and thus qualifies this cemetery for History Cemetery Status according to the state of Oregon. There are several important Pioneer families buried in this cemetery. Some of their descendants still live in the area.

This spring of 2014 they have hired a crew to mow and cut back all the brush and treat poison oak so that I can get into all the grave stones to record what plots they are in and photograph and video all of them in order to create a new an updated map of each and every grave stone and place them on the plot maps correctly. Today, 10 May 2014 they began work. Many stones are broken or toppled and in need of repair. Some are buried or have sunk and need to be brought back to the surface and uprighted. There is a great deal of bramble and a good deal of poison oak to be dealt with so that closer inspection of stones is possible.

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Isaac Sampson (# 75175819)
Hi Kathleen, just an FYI...this Find A Grave memorial is a duplicate of one added back in 2004. Figured you would want to check it out and most likely delete it.

Like I said, just an FYI.

Blake McCauley
Added by Blake McCauley on Dec 03, 2013 10:03 AM

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