I’m sure almost everyone has heard that once again we have decided not to have our annual picnic this year. It is with great regret and concern for everyone that we made this decision. With so many new cases of covid and deaths in Bates and surrounding counties, we’ve had to be careful. We are keeping all of our plans for the Mission Harmony tour and picnic on hold and will outline the activities planned for next year. Everyone who has registered for our tour will be personally called when the event takes place. We thank everyone for their interest in this activity.
We had the pleasure of welcoming retired teachers from the region who came to visit the museum and the school on September 8th.e. They all had a great time and were happy to have Sophie (Maugraine) Papin visit and learn about Mission Harmony education while they had lunch. Individuals or organizations wishing to arrange tours like this can do so by contacting Beverly at 417-395-4288 or Phyllis at 417-395-2594. We would be happy to visit you and schedule a visit for you.
Now we have to visit you about the status of our organization. Last year we faced a major problem. As you know we have our organizational complex here in Papinville and it is rural and we share with the creatures of God that live around us. Unfortunately, several of these creatures (squirrels) decided they wanted to live in our school building and destroyed part of the school property. We are happy to report that everything has been fixed and that we have taken steps to deter their return. But it all took money. Then there are lights, water, insurance and mowing which have been ongoing expenses. With no event generating money every year for the past two years, we need a little help. We want to keep everything in good condition and continue to have the facility to use and in doing this we would like to ask for your help. If you would like to donate any amount, that would be greatly appreciated. We have printed slates as trivets commemorating the establishment of Harmony Mission in 1821. The first 25 people who donate $ 50.00 or more will receive one of these trivets for free. Just know that whatever amount you could donate would go towards the monthly bills and maintenance of the property so that everything goes smoothly so that we can welcome you again when this health crisis is under control. Donations can be sent to our Treasurer, Phyllis Stewart, 6721 SE Market St, Rockville, MO 64780-8249. Thank you very much and everyone stay safe.
The cemetery takes on added significance for a Saskatchewan farming couple since their son died in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash
MONTMARTRE, Saskatchewan. – This sacred piece of land has always been worshiped by Arnold Bieber and his family.
And now they have another family to share their reverence, pride and tears with.
Fairview Cemetery was established in 1906 by pioneer brothers, who established homesteads in the area in 1903. Bieber’s grandparents were among 53 immigrants to Iowa who established homestead and formed the first congregation of brothers in Canada.
More than a century later, Bieber, 92, and his wife Angelene, 91, regularly drive from Regina to visit the renovated cemetery where his grandmother, brother, aunt and several other relatives are buried. He led the modernization of the cemetery in 1995, raising thousands of dollars to build a granite cairn on which all the people buried in the cemetery are listed.
“This is where it all started and this is where all the stories I heard when I was young are found,” said Bieber, who was a farmer in the area from 1950 to 1953.
Bieber recently visited Fairview Cemetery with his wife and son, Don, to appreciate the custom barriers installed by Russell and Raelene Herold. The artistic steel doors feature a pioneering scene with prairie lilies, stalks of wheat and the founding year 1906 of Fairview Cemetery.
The Herolds have spent a tremendous amount of energy and resources maintaining and upgrading Fairview Cemetery since their son Adam was buried here two years ago.
Adam Herold, 16, was the youngest victim in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash, which left 16 people dead on April 6, 2018. The Herolds chose the rural setting to rest their son not only because he is close to the family farm, but also because it was a meaningful place for Adam.
Arnold Bieber was the driving force behind the preservation of Fairview Cemetery and the construction of this memorial in memory of his pioneer family. He shows his brother’s name on Fairview Cairn. | Christalee Froese photo
“It was hard to decide, but we just thought it made sense to us,” said Raelene.
“Adam always came to ski-doo here and he hunted around here too.”
Bieber couldn’t be happier to have Adam alongside his deceased loved ones, as it has been a struggle to maintain the prairie site. After the cairn project was completed, Bieber traveled regularly from Regina to mow the lawn and repair existing gravestones. Over the past four years, however, his declining health has made it difficult for him to travel regularly.
“It was starting to get to the dogs because the grass was not being cut regularly and the caraganas that were here were starting to seed everything,” Bieber said.
He considers the arrival of the Herolds a blessing, who have removed the caragana and maintained the cemetery.
“I was really going down the hill and the day Russell came and asked me if Adam could be buried here I just told them I would take whatever they wanted because I knew what kind of people they were. “said Bieber.
Russell said it was important to ensure that the pioneers who started the cemetery are honored in any improvements.
“We designed the doors on purpose to respect the pioneers who were here,” he said.
The Herolds spared no expense to further improve the cemetery, installing a powder coated metal fence and custom metal gates. The existing cairn and headstones recognizing the original members of Fairview Cemetery remain at the center of the cemetery. Adam’s name has been added to the list on the cairn, and a stone with an engraved granite plaque marks his separate grave.
Russell and Raelene Herold, left, paid tribute to the pioneers of Fairview Cemetery by creating this tribute fence. The Bieber family – Angelene, Don and Arnold – were thrilled to have the new fence at the cemetery where their ancestors are buried. | Christalee Froese photo
“We own the land all around so this is our home,” said Russell. “What’s good for us is that we can work in the field or combine, and we can see that.”
The Herolds also paid tribute to all of the passengers in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash by having their names engraved on stainless steel hockey sticks and planting an evergreen tree in honor of the 16 victims. Each large stick bears the logo of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team, as well as a special symbol for each victim, such as the microphone for announcer Tyler Bieber and a steering wheel for bus driver Glen Doerksen.
“We tried to do everything so that you didn’t have to worry about the upkeep and it would be there for a long time,” said Russell. “We hope people stop and enjoy and for us, it’s just nice to come and spend time here.”
Fairview Cemetery is located 16 kilometers south of Montmartre on grid 606 and four kilometers to the west.
I am often confused when I recommend a cemetery as a place for a leisurely trip– especially at a time when death is on the minds of many. But since I acquired an Ancestry account several years ago, I’ve often found myself in a long-forgotten cemetery in a place like New Vienna, Ohio, looking for my great-great-grandfather on a Saturday. at random, to find a five times deleted grandfather. Or, in defiance of my loyal traveling companion, travel for miles to visit Jack Kerouac’s grave and drop a pen, or Sun Ra’s grave to drop existential vibrations. Communicating with the dead, wandering the sacred and unknown life of people you will never know, is, to some extent, a morbid fascination, of course. But it is also a chance for mediation, reflection and delight in being alive.
After all, you have a captive audience and social distancing hits differently.
TOGreen lawn cemetery on the south side of Columbus, with 360 acres and over 154,000 burials, you hear much of our city’s rich history. It is, in retrospect, Columbus’s first park, and a place where you can spend hours walking aimlessly or attentively, absorbing history, admiring art, and identifying the natural elements that abound.
“At the time of Green Lawn’s founding, attitudes toward death were more influenced by the Romantics and the arts. Death was no longer seen as dark, ”said Randy Rogers, president of the Green Lawn Cemetery Association. “These cemeteries just outside of town were part of the rural cemetery movement. You wanted a cemetery with green spaces, a natural topography and old woods. Green Lawn came before the first city park of Columbus, which wasGoodalein 1850.
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In his sturdy but worn John Deere golf cart, Rogers traveled the narrow trails of the vast expanse of Green Lawn.The place has seen flooding, pandemics, grave looting and the rise of urban sprawl around it, making it a respite less removed from the noise and bustle of the city than when it was created. On every other lap Rogers took, it showed a Medal of Honor recipient, an associate of Wyatt Earp, a Civil War veteran, a nurse stricken with treating patients with the 1918 Spanish flu, famous botanists, abolitionists and a murderous mistress. Olympic pistol champion who invented a still commonly used veterinary tool. Cemeteries are simply the best museums, if you know where to look.
“We tell people we have 154,000 stories and I know about 1,200,” Rogers said. “But these are just people stories. We also have stories about the markers themselves; how they were built and designed. Stories about trees.
On this tour, I was specifically looking for lesser known Columbusonians: Billy southworth, inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame that has coached the St. Louis Cardinals to several World Series; andAlice schille, a modernist watercolorist. And with that, Rogers was on the move. He knew exactly where each stone was placed.
In the past, I had seen the cemetery’s most famous residents, includingPrescott Bush (patriarch of a presidential monarchy), but today I was also looking for the grave of Marion Tinsley.Tinsley, a doctor from combinatorial at Ohio State University, is universally regarded as the greatest checkers player who ever lived. His gaming genius was so complete that he lost just seven games, and he defeated the Chinook computer after retiring as the world champion in 1992 at age 64. Its small ground away is engraved with a checkerboard. Until today, Rogers did not know that Tinsley was a resident.
“There is a new story that I just learned, so that’s 1,201.”
To think that Rogers has just heard of Tinsley is a testament to the evolution of the cemetery, as well as a reminder that a cemetery is not a place of finality or stasis, but something that is constantly changing.
In fact, there is always something new or to be fixed at the cemetery. Just a few weeks ago, Green Lawn unveiled themonument of the “deceased”, which commemorates the anonymous graves of pioneers displaced from the razed city cemeteries of the city center. Soon there will be a sculpture ofMuggs the dog, to better locate the unpretentious stone of Muggs’ most famous owner, writer and designer, James Thurber. The biggest question mark the cemetery will face is how to find the $ 2.5 million in funding needed to rehabilitate the magnificent 1920s mausoleum of industrialist Charles Hayden, which has a Tiffany glass dome,Haydenville tiled floors and four large Italian murals in an interior that the public rarely gets to see. It is such a grandiose grave that Hayden has been said to have spent his children’s inheritance there.
These giantsOzymandian the monuments to fortunes built at the beginning of Columbus are a stark but sumptuous contrast to those lost stories that Green Lawn also tries to preserve. Like that ofElliott Blaine Henderson, a forgotten African-American poet who was buried far behind Green Lawn in an unmarked grave. In 2019, the Green Lawn Association gave his resting place a beautiful marker, including one of his poems of fire and brimstone as an epitaph.
For the pleasure of traveling and going out, the cemetery is always a fundamental opposite to urban life. Besides the many stories of the Sullivant family, or the curious story ofEmil Ambos’ brass fish, Rogersreport a hive of wild bees or migrating birds (the cemetery is a designated site in Audubon). With the creaking of the leaves and the chill of the air in early October, this creates a tranquil environment that still has plenty of life to do.
This is certainly a dilemma for any mortal walking through a cemetery. Where will i be– other than dust in the wind– In 500 years? I often think of this, not of myself, but of someone like the irreplaceable icon of Columbus Rahsaan Roland Kirk, buried in a poorly maintained part of town with few visitors. Maybe he needs to move to Green Lawn? With a festive statue? They have a lot of space. Rogers predicts that with the remaining acreage, they have room for the next 100 years. And they’re good at staying there, with their usual meticulous maintenance, for centuries to come.
But when it comes to ghosts, which is certainly the reason why I chose this destination in the middle of October, this is just pure rumor. There are no ghosts in Green Lawn. There are certainly hauntings at the immaculately restored Greenlawn Abbey next door (at one time a fierce competitor of Green Lawn). But at Green Lawn? It’s only in our imagination.
“You usually don’t find ghost stories haunting the place where they were buried,” Rogers said. “Obviously cemeteries have a reputation for being a scary place, but we don’t have any stories here. They usually hang out where they lived or where they were killed.
Park Lawn Cemetery is one of the largest cemeteries in Toronto.
The beauty of this 73-acre cemetery belies its deep connection to local farming traditions, which, like many things dating back to the 1800s, hint at a dark and murky history.
Park Lawn Cemetery is Etobicoke’s largest cemetery.
As Etobicoke’s largest cemetery, there are over 100,000 burials here, ranging from local farm families to a number of politicians and musicians such as Jeff Healey.
The most besieged mayor in Toronto history, Rob Ford, rests here. His father, Doug Ford Sr., and Mr. York himself: former mayor of the York Municipality, Fergy Brown.
The cemetery has more than 100,000 burials on 73 acres.
But of the thousands of people buried here, 75 of them, ranging from toddlers to late teens, lie in anonymous graves.
Two mass graves in Park Lawn Cemetery are where you’ll find the remains of 75 children at home: young people who came to Canada on ships from the UK to find work between 1869 and 1949.
People buried here range from local farm families to politicians.
It is a tragic part of the country’s history. Approximately 35,000 children were reportedly brought to Canada by by Barnardo, a still-existing children’s charity founded in England by a Christian evangelist named Thomas Barnardo.
Many came as farm laborers and indentured servants who were contracted out to rural families across the country. Many have been terribly abused, worked to the bone, and lived overall miserable lives.
The cemetery also houses two mass graves where 75 children are buried at home.
Some were murdered by their employers, others died of tuberculosis or in childbirth. But regardless of the cause of death, their bodies have been dumped in the same plots for over 50 years, never identified by friends or family.
Marilyn Aitken wants the Awa Tapu cemetery to be better maintained.
The vandalism at a small rural cemetery north of Wellington angered a widow and the promise of stricter security measures.
Marilyn Aitken is fed up and asked the Kapiti Coast District Council to install security cameras in Awa Tapu cemetery during a recent council meeting.
She has visited the cemetery along Valley Road almost every day since her husband died last November.
“I have witnessed some very upsetting things happening up there … a van rolls over graves.
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“My sister ran after him down the aisle and asked him, ‘Did he have no respect? He quickly told her where to go.
“The cemetery was used as a race track, so the doors are locked at night. There were fresh tire tracks up there. [in March] and on Valley Road. This does not prevent people from going to the cemetery at night. “
Once, a ceramic photo of her husband’s gravestone was smashed.
All security cameras would only have to record, she said, and would not need staff to monitor them around the clock.
She also wanted the staff to take better care of the graves. At one point, she contacted the town hall after being surprised to see that her husband’s land had dropped by about two feet.
The next day, her husband’s grave was backfilled, but others were not. “Weeds are a big problem up there, because some graves are just weeds, not grass.
“I ask the councilors, the mayor, to help end this disrespect. Only then can the dead be left in pieces there.”
Concerned neighbors provided council with a written statement at a recent council meeting, outlining details of the nightly parties.
“For years, there have been problems with late-night parties in the cemetery or hooligans blasting their music all night long and causing burnouts,” the statement said.
“The cemetery is meant to be a place of rest and peace, but somehow the hooligans seem to be rampaging in this cemetery with no consequences.”
They reported incidents to the police.
A spokeswoman for the Kapiti Coast District Council said the mayor spoke to Aitken and the police after the meeting.
“He called for an increase in cemetery patrols, and more cameras are currently being reviewed as there is already one located at the crematorium.
“Our Parks and Recreation team also met with the police to discuss the situation and possible solutions.
“Since Christmas, the cemetery gates have been closed at night, then reopened in the morning.”
Anyone caught in the act of violating cemetery regulations is liable to a fine of up to $ 20,000.