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Photo of Dodge's Corners Cemetery
History of Dodges Corners Cemetery: John Dodge came to the Town of Vernon in 1836 purchasing land for $1.25 an acre, making him one of four founding fathers of the Town of Vernon. A small cemetery was founded here in 1840 for about 31 burials between 1840 and 1919. John Dodge was buried here and has a large tombstone in the cemetery. In 1928 seven graves for the Hollister family were exhumed with the remains found going to the Milwaukee Forest Home Cemetery [sic] {the graves were moved to "Rural Home Cemtery", Big bend, WI.}. Sometime after this, the cemetery fell into ruins with stones toppled and weeds overgrowing the area. This small cemetery in the Town of Vernon, or Dodges Corners as it used to be known, can be a challenge to find. The location of the cemetery is between residential properties on Maple Drive just before Forest Home Avenue. There are some wooden steps that lead up to a historical marker and stone marker somewhat hidden by bushes. Then a path through the woods and up a hill leads to a quiet cemetery with a great view of the adjacent homes and fields. The cemetery was completely restored in 1998 for the state sesquicentennial by the people of the Town of Vernon. Coincidentally, the celebration on August 29, 1998 was exactly 140 years after John Dodge died in 1858. Text, by Linda Hansen of Waukesha, WI. Photo courtesy of Linda Hansen of Waukesha, WI.

Added by: Robert Kuhmann
6/06/2012

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