On November 23, 1885, Peter and Frances Spoon donated approximately one and one half acres for school, church and cemetery purposes in a small Missouri community. Twenty years later at the same location George S. Harden established a post office which he named for his young son "Elijah."
On the land that was donated by the Spoon family, a log building was soon built. The Church of Christ of Elijah met in this cabin from 1885 until the log structure burned in 1916. During these first years, the church became known as the "Elijah Church of Christ." After fire destroyed the log church, the land was returned to the Spoon heirs. Then in 1917, the Spoon heirs of C.A. and Maude Beach and Ed and Sarah Stewart sold the land to the elders of "Elijah Church of Christ." The elders, J.A. Thompson, I.W. Essix and J.B. Hardin, purchased the land for a sum of $10.00. The elders agreed that the land would be used for a church building and that the cemetery would, at the time of the purchase, be used as a public burial ground for all of the community. After the building of the new church, the "Spoon Cemetery" became generally known as the "Elijah Cemetery."
GPS Coordinates: 36.6117, -92.1457
- Added: 21 Apr 2000
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #150520
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