|
|
Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Cemetery going strong 1 year later

  • Thursday marked the first annual meeting since Riverside Cemetery's board was refurbished.
    Since that happened, money has come into the historic cemetery, the conditions of the grounds have improved and the dilapidated house at the entrance to the grounds has been demolished.
    • email print
      Comment
  • Thursday marked the first annual meeting since Riverside Cemetery's board was refurbished.
    Since that happened, money has come into the historic cemetery, the conditions of the grounds have improved and the dilapidated house at the entrance to the grounds has been demolished.
    Things are looking up for Riverside Cemetery, which at one time was tainted by the image of vandalism and knee-high grass to expensive too cut regularly.
    Now the board has been given $5,000 from the Riedel Foundation which they in turn hope to match through more fundraising that will be used to improve the cemetery even more.
    "Basically we're starting over on our fundraising, so we start with a new $5,000 and match a new $5,000," Riverside's Vice President Max Capp said. "That money, that $10,000 is going to be focused on computerization of record files. And then we're wanting to clean up where the house was torn down, clean all that up and do a little road repair. We're going to think about putting gates up and a security system up there.
    "That's pretty much going to take most of the money, if not all of it."
    Upcoming events the board plans to hold to raise money for the cemetery include a professional mini-golf tournament.
    "We're also going to look at a possible Art Council painting sale," Capp said. "That's the two next fundraisers that we're looking at that are pretty serious."
    Bylaws for the cemetery board were set up in the 1860s, so those were amended at the annual meeting Thursday. Board President Peter Danielsons, Board Secretary Kathy Dugger and Capp all kept their positions from a year ago. Shirley Jackson was voted the board's new treasurer and Bob Kennison was named executive director. Dave Dexheimer and Wilma Carpenter joined the board.
    Also established were a garden club for the cemetery and a system to reestablish perpetual care.
    Friends of Historical Riverside Cemetery was also established to give those involved and interested in the cemetery exclusive access.
    "Anybody in the public can join that," Capp said. "It's a $10 a year or $25 per family. What that does is any kind of update, any kind of new business with the cemetery and all the meeting minutes will be made public to them through email."

        calendar