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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Cemetery vandalism continues at Ohio cemeteries both large and small

From the “Herald-Dispatch” in Huntington, West Virginia, published on July 3rd by Luke Creasy are details from the latest update about the current state of the damage at the The Rome-Proctorville Cemetery in Proctorville, Lawrence County, Ohio.

Sharing these excerpts from this story because I feel they are insightful, and are definitely good to know and understand if one of your ancestor’s stones was damaged — not knocked over and no other type of damage.

We learn from the details that the degree and type of damage to a grave marker can dictate if those responsible for the cemetery accepts responsibility to properly repair it.

Also, please note that it is crucial to be sure who is responsible for a cemetery. The example as stated here demonstrates that if there is an older cemetery adjacent to a newer cemetery there might be a different owner for the older one. Thus, if both cemeteries suffer damage it cannot automatically be assumed that the same entity (i.e. township, church, village, etc.) owns both cemeteries and will handle remediation of damages at both cemeteries.:

“Rome-Proctorville Cemetery caretaker Ron Jenkins said he wants to get the headstones in the upright position as quickly as possible and is working with Lawson Monument Company in Huntington to get the headstones off the ground and resealed. Jenkins estimated the cost at $150 per headstone.Lawson began repairs at the cemetery on Monday morning. Fourteen stones were picked up, placed and sealed on Monday. Jenkins said Lawson has been very accommodating, and remaining repairs will be made by the end of the week.

“(Lawson) said some of them have permanent damage on them, but we’re not going to be responsible in replacing those. We’re just trying to get them all set back up and sealed back down.”

Permanent damage to a gravestone includes any surface damage to the stone such as cracks, scratches and chips. Jenkins said that families that have been affected by permanent damage will not be forced to replace headstones but do have the option of purchasing new stones.

In response to the crime, Bowen said the cemetery will institute increased security steps moving forward. High-definition surveillance cameras soon will be added, as well as additional measures that Bowen did not want to disclose at the time. He said the cemetery’s goal is to prevent this situation from happening in the future.

According to Jenkins, there were additional headstones overturned in the Old Rome Cemetery that neighbors Rome-Proctorville; however, they are not responsible for upkeep on those grounds.”

Some News Stories about recent cemetery vandalism in Ohio.:

 From The “Toledo Blade”: Thursday, June 28, 2018

Forest Cemetery in Toledo:

 “Headstones Again Vandalized at Forest Cemetery”

Contact Sarah Elms at selms@theblade.com419-724-6103, or on Twitter @BySarahElms.

“More than 100 headstones have been toppled at Forest Cemetery this month, and many of the vandalized grave-markers date back to the 1800s.

The most recent act of vandalism — about 12 headstones knocked over — was discovered Wednesday, Cemeteries Foreman Luke Smigielski said. The city runs five cemeteries, and only Forest Cemetery has experienced the vandalism this summer, he said.

More than 50 headstones were discovered knocked over on June 11, and another 42 were found toppled June 18. Forest Cemetery spans 94 acres and is home to more than 94,000 headstones, many of which weigh hundreds to thousands of pounds.”

Forest Cemetery in Toledo on “Find A Grave”The “Grave Tracker” – Forest Cemetery City of Toledo

From the “Dayton Daily News” – Monday, July 2, 2018 – Miamisburg, Montgomery County, Ohio:

“Highland Cemetery gravestone damaged over weekend”

Craig Weaver’s memorial on “Find A Grave”

Photo of Craig Weaver’s grave marker prior to its destruction