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Kara Gullickson Graper (#47295094)
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Bio Photo NWI mother of 3... Dedicated to preserving the memory and posterity of our ancestors, and I also enjoy learning about myself from the past, and also helping others to connect the dots as well.

I am particularly interested in advocating for more respectable conditions for Oak Hill cemetery in Hammond, IN. My interest is personal as my family is buried on these historic, hallowed grounds. For more info:

INFO FOR TRANSCRIBERS ---- ::Very Important! Please Read!!::

* All existing headstones for Oak Hill have already been photographed and Memorials created.

We are now working to create memorials for those interred without headstones. Previous cemetery owners had wrongfully removed hundreds, if not thousands of headstones during the 1950's-1970's. This was very well documented in our local press. Recently we won a fight to have the cemetery property legally transferred to the local Township. The previous owners had not stepped foot on the property in over a decade and lived in another state. We began the arduous task of wading through decades of neglect, vandalism, theft and mismanagement. Relatives have access to burial information for the first time in decades. It is our intent to help provide this information and make it easily attainable.

The original transcription intent was to ONLY post burial cards when there were no headstones. For the last two years I have gone through thousands of cards in my free time and have toggled between screens to verify if there was a created memorial on here or not already before I uploaded any cards to site. They are all in Alphabetical order, and I was able to finish letters A-L. Recently I had my 3rd child and no longer have the time to complete this project. I would be forever greatful for your help.

I am uploading photos in a large file. Many will have memorials already created. You may upload burial card anyways if you choose, or go on to next card.

--------Most of you are seasoned Findagrave volunteers. If you find a card that may not be suitable for posting, use your discretion, or contact me and I will delete.

------Cards only have date of burial.... please post month and year of death.

------It is a balancing act to honor privacy and preserve and record history. If you feel that a card may violate privacy, contact me and I will delete.

------ Many of the cards have mispellings and errors. I am very familiar with many of the family names... if you have any questions dont hesitate to ask!

------ I also need help combing for duplicates. While working with spreadsheet option, it was suppose to catch duplicates but some got through. Any help scanning each Alpha letter would be great!

Once finished, we would like to be able to have the ENTIRE cemetery population recorded... with or without headstones. Afterall, this is finda GRAVE, not find a headstone. :)

If you are local and are interested in donating to Oak Hill, consider donating flowers, perrennials, work gloves, Menards gift cards, or even your time pulling weeds and helping to maintain the improvements to the grounds.

The South Shore Civil War Memorial Trail will help replace broken or worn headstones for Civil War Veterans and their wives. The organization will also help provide GAR Medallions, QR codes, and Special Markers for Wounded Veterans. Each Special Marker cost approximately $250.00 and each Medallion is roughly $10.00 and also comes with a fresh American Flag. These could not be possible without donations from the public.

South Shore Promotions Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization affiliated with the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority.

I will gladly take photos at St. Mary's and Maplewood Cemeteries in Crown Point, and will attempt to fulfill other requests on other cemetery adventures. I thank you all for your time!

Show me the manner in which a nation cares for its dead and I will measure with mathematical exactness the tender mercies of its people, their respect for the laws of the land and their loyalty to high ideals.
Sir William Gladstone
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RE: Henry and Mary Graper
:-) No, Adolph Henry Graper who married Elizabeth King. So I guess that would be his great-granduncle?
Added by Cherie_in_OC on Oct 12, 2015 11:22 AM
Henry and Mary Graper
Just wanted to let you know that I sent an edit to link their son Adolph! He married a 1st cousin of mine...
Added by Cherie_in_OC on Oct 11, 2015 6:07 PM
Sandi K
S file for Oak Hill
Done!! Pls let me know if you find more on the project where I can help. Enjoyed it.
Added by Sandi K on Oct 07, 2015 7:31 PM
Andy Gappa
RE: Thrall
I met with the girl running Oak Hill now. She is also going to see what she can do about getting a marker for Henry Thrall. I told her you had an "in". Maybe you can hook her up with Mark.
Added by Andy Gappa on Sep 30, 2015 9:24 PM
Sandi K
RE: Oak Hill
So appreciate your note! I think it's amazing that a mom of 3 little ones is fitting Find A Grave into schedule, and do know how it is to start a project and then have life throw some curves into the plan. I've enjoyed Oak Hill, slowed down this week but still should be done in about 10 days and will be glad to work on other things there if the need arises. TY for entrusting me with making memorials for these people. It is really sad to think that there are probably many who will never be hooked to family or discovered by ancestors - but we just do our best. Have received two lovely recognitions from people who discovered new entries in the 'S' group of ancestors they'd never been able to locate, so that is most gratifying. Have a lovely autumn. Sandi
Added by Sandi K on Sep 29, 2015 9:21 AM
RE: oak hill
Thank you for your kind words. I believe as you and others that everyone that has passed before us should be remembered. I will probably never get to see the cemetery in person, but through pictures you and others have posted, I can take a virtual walk through. It is sad to see so many without a headstone to mark their final resting place, but because of the work you and all the volunteers are doing, they will be forever remembered. Bless you and thank you for letting me be a part of this.
Added by Donna on Sep 28, 2015 3:47 PM
RE: Gloria Halpin
You're welcome. I am glad I could help. The cemetery was hit by the Coal City/Braidwood tornado at the end of June. Over 60 monuments are toppled or damaged. I'm glad your relatives is fine.
Added by Mdh on Sep 27, 2015 5:20 PM
RE: wylie
Well, thank you. You too! what an awesome project.
If there is another letter you would like to send along, I would be glad to keep going. I'm at #679 out of 1113, but alot of them have been entered already. At least these people will be forever remembered through this site.
Added by Donna on Sep 25, 2015 9:38 AM
Rob Bennett
RE: roy walters
Glad to be of help!
Added by Rob Bennett on Sep 13, 2015 7:24 PM
Correction for last message
I apologize, I miswrote before. Her first husband was my great grandpa, Peter Vlaisavich, whom is buried in Nebraska. And her second husband was Eli Obradovich.
Added by MrsJTW on Sep 12, 2015 11:14 PM
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