Cemetery Clean-Up Days – Thank You From The Friends—Our sincere appreciation to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for all that they accomplished in helping to clean-up the cemetery grounds on Saturday, September 19. Volunteers painted, pruned, picked-up branches, raked and bagged leaves. There were close to sixty people, many family members, who turned-out for the cleanup. This year the Church’s September 11, Day of Service and Remembrance was dedicated towards seven local Pioneer Cemeteries: Rock Point, Central Point, Antelope, Jacksonville, Eastwood, Log Town and Sterlingville. As most, if not all our Historic Cemeteries around the state, rely on volunteers to care for the grounds and provide for preservation and restoration work, their assistance to that end, was most appreciated by all.
We would also like to say thank you to those Boosters and all the community volunteers who were able to join us on Saturday, October 3, for our annual fall cleanup. A lot of leaves were bagged and/or placed on tarps, helping us to clean-up and prepare the grounds for this year’s Meet the Pioneers program. Thank you for helping to care for our Silent City on the Hill.
A Marker for Johannas—In the September, 2015 edition of the Jacksonville Review, an interesting story by Carol Knapp appeared, Digging Jacksonville -Artifact 11: Mourning Buttons. In the story, Carol talked about the little gravesite of Johannas Biede and the simple cradle made of wood and wire that mark his grave. Last year, the Friends of Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery purchased a headstone and placed it above the cradle so that residents and visitors would know who the little soul is that rests there. Johannas Biede is buried in the German Order of Red Men Section of the Cemetery.