Harlem Township Cemetery Projects keep moving forward
By VICKIE TIECHE
Harlem Township Heritage, Inc.
The year 2012 has been a very successful one for cemetery renovation projects in Harlem Township. In late June entrance marker stones were added at all six township cemeteries as a joint effort of the township and Harlem Township Heritage, Inc. A dedication ceremony for these stones was held in Harlem Cemetery on October 7.
More recently, RAR Monuments (Rick Day) has completed repair work on five of the stones in Harlem Cemetery most needing repair — the large Budd stone that had fallen from its pediment, a large Closson stone also fallen off the pediment, the stone of Harriet Smith that was sliding down the hillside, the stone of Mary A. Emily Adams cut by Harlem Methodist Episcopal Church founder, Reverend Daniel Bennet that had fallen over and was displaced, and the broken stone of Colonel William Budd. Funding for the Harlem Cemetery repairs was provided by Harlem Township. Hopefully more repairs will be made in 2013 in this historic, almost 200-year-old cemetery.
Possibly the most notable achievement for 2012 was the repair and new placement of a very large, white marble, military stone in Center Village Cemetery that had been broken, knocked over and displaced by the large tree. The stone had no names on it, but was almost definitely the stone of one of the two missing Civil War burials in the cemetery. When the repaired stone was put back up in an unused portion of the cemetery, stones for the two missing veterans and the wife of one of the two were placed on the pediment beside the large marble monument. GAR flagholders with flags were placed behind the two veteran’s stones.
Funding for this project was provided by Harlem Township Heritage, Inc. partly from a donation from Patti Stafford of Pennsylvania, the third great-grand-daughter of Peter Carr – 45th OVI, one of the missing veterans, and his wife, Pelia Ann Hartrum Carr. The other missing veteran who now is remembered in Center Village Cemetery is Washington Williams, from the 64th OVI. This repair work was also done by RAR Monuments.
Harlem Township Heritage, Inc. hopes to carry this momentum for repair and preservation of the township’s cemeteries into 2013 and beyond.
If you’re interested in becoming involved in these projects, please contact Vicki Tieche at < email@example.com > or 740–965-4535.