Sunday, June 16, 2013

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We pulled into the cemetery's gated entrance and parked along the tall cedar trees that were the defining feature of the place. The cemetery land had belonged to the McFall family originally. Dave’s great-great-great-grandfather Samuel McFall had deeded it shortly after the first burial occurred in 1843. Little two-year-old Lucinda Koontz was the first death of the new community of Fremont, and her headstone was still plainly legible today.

Samuel stipulated that no one should ever be charged for the cemetery space. If you lived in the town, you were given a plot. No more space was available these days. The new cemetery across town had been used for decades, except for my grandpa and some other original settler families who were still allowed places beneath the tall cedars. This was the old-timers’ cemetery.

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