Poor maintenance practices plague Lorain’s Elmwood Cemetery – Lorain, Ohio

Below is the related Lorain “MorningJournal” News Story;

“Lorain cemetery grounds-keeping raises concerns”

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These photographs below were taken on August 12, 2018 at Elmwood Cemetery in Lorain.  They illustrate maintenance practices that are causing clumps of thick dead grass to stick to the stones and dry in the hot sun; making it difficult to remove the clumps from the stone.  

I think most folks would consider this an unsightly mess and disrespectful to the deceased.  This situation means that family members must clean off the dried up clumps from their family’s markers and monuments.  What about the markers and monuments where there is no family to handle this situation?  Will the cemetery groundskeepers come back to remove the thick clumps from the surface?  We just don’t know at this point.  

Sadly, this is the worst Elmwood Cemetery has looked since I have been visiting it for over 20 years.  

 

 

 

 

This last photo above illustrates where part of the problem lies.

Taking too long between trimmings.  

Allowing gravemarkers

to become too overgrown means taking too aggressive

of an approach to remove the grass/weeds around them. 

As we can easily see here; it has been awhile since there has been any trimming around this flat marker.  

Thankfully, there is no dead grass/weeds covering it; but live grass/weeds are covering over and around it to the point eventually it may no longer be seen. 

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Monument honors 9 from Hardin County killed in World War II battle

KENTON — The farm boys from the heartland — all young enlisted soldiers from the same rural county in northwestern Ohio — found themselves surrounded by enemy snipers deep in the jungle of a little-known battle in the middle of a war. The fight for a Japanese-controlled airstrip in the Solomon Islands of the Pacific Ocean 75 years ago left the Ohio Army National Guard soldiers of the 148th Infantry Regiment’s Company E trapped under fire and out of ammunition, with no water

Source: Monument honors 9 from Hardin County killed in World War II battle

Ohio veteran finds wife’s grave in ‘unacceptable’ condition

Ossie Tacket is an 89-year-old military veteran battling prostate cancer.

Source: Ohio veteran finds wife’s grave in ‘unacceptable’ condition

An Excerpt from this story.:
“The Ohio Department of Commerce is in charge of overseeing the enforcement of the laws related to cemeteries and released this statement today:

The oversight of Ohio’s cemeteries is a responsibility we take seriously. The passage of House Bill 168 helps by giving the Division more authority to assist in cemetery complaints and ensuring that cemeteries are complying with Ohio Cemetery Law. Additionally, a grant program will be established through this passage, which will offset some of the maintenance and training costs associated with operating a cemetery. Our team is hard at work formulating the guidelines for the implementation of this new law, specifically the Cemetery Grant Program.

Like most bills, the new law goes into effect 90 days after the Governor signs it.

Unfortunately, the law will have no immediate impact for the Tacket’s current situation. However, it should make it so things like what happened to them do not happen to other families.”

Floral Hills has been in legal disputes for years, ever since the sale of the cemetery.

Tacket says, the original owners he purchased the plot, vault, headstone and plaque from were wonderful people who cared about the cemetery.

He says it has gone downhill since the sale.

A volunteer has been trying to maintain the cemetery as the legal disputes have not been settled.

White Bronze Markers and Monuments bring Beauty and Wonder to the Attica Venice Township Joint Cemetery and Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery – Attica, Seneca County, Ohio

On July 17, 2018, I visited the Attica Venice Township Joint Cemetery and the adjoining Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Seneca County, Ohio.  

I had heard that the larger Attica Venice Township Joint Cemetery contains over 100 white bronze markers and monuments!  

So, on my way to Findlay to do some antique shopping, I decided to make visiting these cemeteries my first stop.  

These are not large cemeteries, however, a visitor could easily spend quite a lot of time walking row by row reading the inscriptions and marveling at the grand white bronze (zinc) monuments; some that tower above all of the markers around them. 

At both cemeteries, newly erected gray granite monuments serve as official cemetery signs.

At the Attica Venice Township Joint Cemetery, the cemetery’s official name monument is near the Ohio Historical Marker (erected in 2017) that commemorates the life and sacrifice of World War I nurse Clara Edith (Work) Ayres who is buried at the Attica Venice Township Joint Cemetery.  These historical markers are always a welcome sight to any visitor.  They draw you to them to learn more about the cemetery and some of the notable local people who are buried there. 

  I realize now that my eager rambling through both cemeteries was too brief. I know a second visit is warranted to find even more interesting markers and monuments; including more of those white bronze beauties that have weathered so well through the decades, indeed centuries.

 

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Above two flat markers:

 Ernest W. Karr (right) and Mrs. Iva Jane Karr (left) 

white bronze flat markers

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Above:

Anna Mina Karr 

White Bronze lamb

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Above:

Large white bronze matching side-by-side plaques

monument for

Henry and Lucinda Briner

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Above three photographs: 

Listed on Find A Grave

at Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery

and his wife, Lucinda Force 

matching side-by-side plaques on white bronze monument

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  The above nine photographs:
The Griffith family Monument

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Above:

Dr. William B. Olds and his wife Maggie Olds 

white bronze double marker on base.

Please note:  The stone base is crumbling

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Above three photographs: 

White bronze monument and

close up view of the flag holder at her gravesite.

Learn more about Nurse Clara Edith Work Ayres

from her biographical information 

presented on both sides of the Ohio Historical Marker

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The above three photographs 

Listed on Find A Grave

at Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery

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Hamilton White Bronze Monument

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Above two photographs:

Listed on Find A Grave

at Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery

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Above:  

The small white bronze marker for Katie Blanch Wyley

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The above four photographs:

Lockie and Clarence Steigmeyer

White Bronze monument with statue

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Above four photographs:
James Howard Clements

and his wife,

Mildred J. Van Wormer Clements

Side-by-side bronze plaques on ornate white bronze monument

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Above two photographs:

White Bronze side by side plaques on monument

for James F. and Jennie (Smith) Clements

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Above two photographs: 

White bronze marker for Mary Allgyre

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Above two photographs:
Milton Eisenhart’s white bronze monument

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Above:
Photograph of a log design stone bench.

(Please note:  The right support is collapsing!)

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Above three photographs:
Various views of the Ohio Historical marker

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Above:

Elizabeth Fisher Reichert’s white bronze monument

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Above:

White Bronze marker for

Samuel Croxton

and Mattie Croxton

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Above two photographs:
Small size White Bronze marker for

Rosana Songer – wife of John Songer

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