Endangered Wisconsin Cemetery Reports

Endangered Wisconsin Cemetery Reports (7)

Cemetery: Luther Parker Cemetery

Other: Durham Hill Cemetery and Drought Cemetery

Sign: Yes

Street: W126 S9515 North Cape Road

City: Muskego

Township:

County: Waukesha

State: WI

Nation: U.S.

Zip: 53150

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Status: Inactive

Size: Small

Directions: 1 block north of State Highway 36 where 36 intersects with North Cape Road in Muskego, WI

Type: Road-public

Location: Surburban

Terrain: Hillside

Watersource: No

Features: Remnant prairie and native wildflowers

Property: Public

Access: Open

Enclosure: Fence

Gate: None

Established: established in the 1840s

Gravestones: approximately 80 graves

Oldest: 1840s

Newest: 1959

Removed: Unknown

Relocated: No

Repairs: Unsure

Methods:

Restoration: Yes

Association: No

Records: Yes

Inventory: Yes

Availability: Muskego Historical Society and City of Muskego, WI

Landscaping: No

Paths: No

Trees: Unsure

Crypts: No

Fencing: Yes

Brickwork: Unsure

Ironwork: Unsure

Sculpture: Unsure

Fountains: No

Roads: No

Buildings: No

Cement: Unsure

Granite: Yes

Marble: Yes

Native: Yes

Slate: Yes

Others: Unsure

Wood: Unsure

Materials: Unsure

Architectural: Unsure

Angels: Unsure

Draperies: Unsure

Fraternal: Yes

Hands: Unsure

Lambs: Unsure

Monograms: Yes

Plants: Unsure

Photos: Unsure

Religious: Yes

Scrollwork: Unsure

Urns: Unsure

Carvings: Unsure

Condition: Cemetery poorly maintained

Unmarked: Yes

Broken: Yes

Toppled: No

Disintegrating: Yes

Buried: Yes

Weather: Yes

Pollution: Yes

Vandalized: No

Report:

VA1:

VA2:

VA3:

VA4:

VA5:

Overgrowth:

Overgrowth1:

Overgrowth2:

Overgrowth3:

Overgrowth4: Gravestones-Damaging

GroundCover: Yes

Moss: Yes

Vines: Yes

Drainage: Problem-Seasonal

Problem1:

Problem2: Apathy

Owner: City

Use:

Bordering: Residential

Change: Same

Reason:

Visited: Occasionally

Archeology: Unknown

Habitat: Yes

Surnames: Adams

Drought

Smiley

Other_Information: The city of Muskego, WI has declared the Luther Parker Cemetery a plant sanctuary and therefore is not mowing the grass, trimming the weeds or removing brush. The only maintenance by the city is an annual spring burning of the overgrowth that is damaging the gravestones, some more than 150 years old.

Contacted: City of Muskego, WI

Support: City of Muskego, WI

Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti

Muskego City Hall

W182 S8200 Racine Avenue, Muskego, WI 53150

Name: Dave Daley

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Sweet Cemetery
Stockbridge, Calumet County, Wisconsin

Date: May 16, 2001

Cemetery: Abandoned Family/ Sweet Cemetery
Established: 1850
Street: N4215 Hwy 55-Stockbridge Wisconsin/ Earl Ecker Revokeable Trust / Ecker Construction Co.
Type: Road-public
City: Stockbridge Town 3 miles south on hwy 55
Township: Stockbridge Township
County: Calumet County
State: Wisconsin
Nation: USA
Zip: 53088
Nearby: Intersection of County Road F and Hwy 55
Location: Rural-mixed
Land: Hillside
Water: Yes
Features: Cemetery is close to a small creek called Roberts Creek- surrounded and over grown with Lilac bushes
Sign: No
Land Type: Private
Access: Closed
Enclosure: Natural
Gate: None
Status: Abandoned
Size: Small
Unmarked graves: Yes
Gravestones: 6 to 10
Broken gravestones: Yes
Toppled gravestones: Yes
Buried gravestones: Unsure
Removed Gravestones: Yes
Weather problems: Yes
Pollution problems: No
Oldest grave: 1849
Newest grave: 1875
Association: No
Records: Unsure
Inventory: Unsure
Records location:
Condition: Cemetery in danger of destruction
Vandalized: Yes
Police report: No
VA: Gravestones-Overturned
VA: Gravestones-Broken
VA: Gravestones-Stolen
Overgrowth: Gravestones-Damaging
Vegetation: Trees
Vegetation: Ground-Cover
Vegetation: Moss
Vegetation: Vines
Drainage: Seasonal problem
Problem: Access denied
Problem: Apathy
Problem: Disintegrating Headstones
Work Status: Planning stages
Owner: Cemetery
Use: Industrial
Bordering: Transportation
Change: Unknown
Reason: Agriculture
Visited: Unknown
Archeology: Unknown
Contacted: I have contacted several of the old local historians - non of which know who to contact to see if we can get in there to help clean it up- or help get funding to save it.

Other Information

This poor little cemetery is closed off to the rest of the world and is soon to be forgotten if measures are not taken now to prevent it's total disappearance. It is so over grown it is not visibly a place of rest for the people who now call it their finial resting place.

Support

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Submitted by:

name: Terri Lee
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Milwaukee County Pauper Cemetery
Wauwatosa, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin

Updated: September 1, 2000

Cemetery: Milwaukee County Pauper Cemeteries
Street:
City: Wauwatosa
County: Milwaukee
State: WI
Nation: USA
Zip: 53226
Nearby: US 41/45 and Watertown Plank Road
Land Type: Public
Status: Abandoned
Accessible: Yes
Unmarked graves: Yes
Graves within: 10,000
Oldest grave: 1852? First recorded 1882
Newest grave: 1974
Records: No
Inventory: Yes
Records location: The State Historical Society of Wisconsin and The Great Lakes Archaeological Center of Milwaukee
Owner: Milwaukee County Parks Department
Current Condition: Cemetery in danger of destruction
Overgrown-trees
Overgrown-ground cover
Overgrown-vines
Buried Headstones
Other problems: A water retaining basin is planned for the site and thus would require moving the bodies and people have been throwing trash in it.
Previous contacts: The State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Milwaukee County Historical Society, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Great Lakes Archaeological Center
Current Status: Planning stages

Update

A forth cemetery was found which includes between 200 and 400 graves. Milwaukee County wants to put a rain water retention pond right where two known cemeteries are located. The graves have to either be excavated and reburied elsewhere, or the retention ponds need to go someplace else.

Submitted by / Contact for additional Information:

name: Jen Fleischmann
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Evergreen Cemetery
Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin


Cemetery: Evergreen
Other:

Sign: No

Street: a couple blocks south of 21st street around and under the sewer treatment plant

City: Racine

Township:

County: Racine

State: Wisconsin

Nation: United states

Zip: 53405 or adjoining

Status: Abandoned

Size: Large

Directions: On the lakefront under and surrounding the sewer treatment plant

Type: Road-public

Location: Urban

Terrain: Hillside

Watersource: Yes

Features: There are only a couple small pine trees .

Property: Private

Access: Permission-required

Enclosure: Fence

Gate: Locks

Established: 1851

Gravestones: Before the (partial) removal and destruction of large portion there was originally around 1400

Oldest: I've uncovered an obelisk that was dated 1855 but reports say it was the resting place of many of the early settlers of this area which began in the late 1830's.

Newest: 1920's

Removed: Yes

Relocated: Unsure

Repairs: No

Methods: Adhesives

Restoration: No

Association: No

Records: Unsure

Inventory: Unsure

Availability:

Landscaping: No

Paths: No

Trees: No

Crypts: Yes

Fencing: Yes

Brickwork: Yes

Ironwork: Yes

Sculpture: Yes

Fountains: Yes

Roads: Yes

Buildings: Yes

Cement: No

Granite: No

Marble: No

Native: Yes

Slate: Unsure

Others: Yes

Wood: Unsure

Materials: Unsure

Architectural: Yes

Angels: Unsure

Draperies: Unsure

Fraternal: Unsure

Hands: Unsure

Lambs: Unsure

Monograms: Unsure

Plants: Yes

Photos: No

Religious: Unsure

Scrollwork: Yes

Urns: Unsure

Carvings: Yes

Condition: Cemetery in danger of destruction

Unmarked: Yes

Broken: No

Toppled: Yes

Disintegrating: Yes

Buried: Yes

Weather: Yes

Pollution: No

Vandalized: Yes

Report: No

VA1: Gravestones-Overturned

VA2:

VA3: Gravestones-Stolen

VA4:

VA5: Graves-Desecrated

Overgrowth: None

Overgrowth1:

Overgrowth2:

Overgrowth3:

Overgrowth4:

GroundCover:

Moss:

Vines:

Drainage: Good

Problem1: Encroachment

Problem2: Apathy

Owner: Business

Use: Commercial

Bordering: Recreational

Change: Smaller

Reason: Commercial

Visited: Unknown

Archeology: No

Habitat: Unknown

Contacted: When I found the 1855 obelisk I immediately informed the construction company assuming they would do the right thing and instead the discovery was somehow covered up the next day trying to conceal it.After that my friend whom I showed it to the night I found it was angered at the attempted concealment told the mayor and the newspaper.Still nothing was done and they tried to pass it off as a discarded headstone.Then I contacted a friend of mine who is a local historian which is where I obtained most of my information from doccuments and newspaper reports of the past 70 years.

Surnames:

Originally many of the early settlers to this area.I've heard rumor of a possible list but as of yet haven't seen or acquired it.

Other_Information:

This cemetary HAD around 1400 burial sites.In a 1928 Racine Journal article.The city removed squatters that lived there supposedly to make a city park.At that time the cemetary was in bad shape and there were reports of graves washing out of the hillside and general neglect.In the 1930's the area was chosen for the site of the sewer treatment plant. The city claimed they moved the remains of the buried to mound cemetery.However there are only around 400-500 reported to have been moved.Where the other 500-1000 minus the ones that were actually displaced due to erosion (without the help of an earth moving machine)is not on report.There have been numerous accounts after the supposed relocation by the city and sewertreatment plant of skulls and pelvises turning up during later excavations on the treatment grounds and in areas the earth was taken to as landfill.Information about the plants construction says the bluff was originally 25ft.above the lakes water level and it was lowered to 7ft.and extended out into the lake with the rearranged earth(and most likely burial remains).I have an 1883 map that shows the location of the cemetery and part of the area is undisturbed but no headstones remain.I am trying to find out how I would go about getting permission to locate and properly relocate or protect the remaining graves.Any leads would be greatly appreciated.Time is of the essence due to a newer and larger sewer treatment plant is currently under construction.

Support:

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Date: november 15 2002

English Prairie Cemetery
Beaver Dam, Dodge County, Wisconsin

Date: 11/21/00

Cemetery: English Prairie
Street:
City: Beaver Dam
Township: Westford
County: Dodge
State: Wisconsin
Nation: USA
Zip:
Nearby:
Land Type: Private
Status: Abandoned
Accessible: Yes
Unmarked graves: Yes
Graves within: 30
Oldest grave:
Newest grave:
Records: Yes
Inventory: Unsure
Records location: Beaver Dam Public Library
Owner:
Condition: Cemetery neglected
Broken Headstones
Fallen Headstones
Previous contacts:
Work Status: The current status of this cemetery is: Unknown

Submitted by / Contact for additional Information:

name: Roger K. Ellis
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Coates-Durley Cemetery
Platteville, Grant County, Wisconsin

Date: 19 April, 2001

Cemetery: Coates-Durley
Established: @1840
Street: County Road O
City: Platteville, Wisconsin About 5 miles away
Township: Harrison
County: Grant
State: Wisconsin
Nation: U. S. A.
Zip:
Nearby: Sharp curve in County Road O
Reached by: Crossing property-private
Location: Rural-mixed
Land: Hillside
Water: No
Features: Sits on a small knoll
Sign: No
Land Type: Private
Access: Permission-required
Surrounded by: None
Gate: None
Status: Abandoned
Size: Small
Unmarked graves: Yes
Markers:
Gravestones: 15-20 but no stones
Broken gravestones: Yes
Toppled gravestones: No
Buried gravestones: Yes
Removed Gravestones: Yes
Weather problems: Unknown
Pollution problems: No
Oldest grave: 1842
Newest grave: 1876
Association: No
Records: No
Inventory: Yes
Records location: In 1975 Grant Co. Genealogical Society read the stones stacked against a tree
Condition: Cemetery destroyed
Vandalized: Yes
Police report: No
VA: Broken gravestones
VA: Stolen gravestones
Vegetation: None
Drainage: Good
Problem: Encroachment
Problem: Apathy
Problem: Disintegrating Headstones
Work Status: Planning stages
Owner: Private
Use: Agricultural
Bordering: Agricultural
Change: Smaller
Reason: Agriculture
Visited: Unknown
Archeology: No
Previous contacts: County registrar of deeds, previous property owners, township clerk, Burial Sites Preservation unit and many others, including others who have relatives buried there

Other information

An extended family group is trying to get the cemetery protected and place some stones there. An exclusion was present in deed from 1920, but was inadvertently left out when the property went up for Sheriffs sale in 1936. The farm family that lived there from 1920-1990 has removed most evidence that a cemetery ever existed. All but a small plot has been put into crops, and bits of tombstone are scattered through the field or tossed aside. Nothing recognizable remains of most that were read in 1975.

Submitted By:

name: Lyle Potter
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Chambers Family Cemetery
Franklin, Vernon County, Wisconsin

Date: September 27, 2000

Cemetery: William Chambers Family Cemetery
Street: Green Acres Road
City: Town of Franklin T.12N.-R. 5-4 W. 28
County: Vernon County
State: Wisconsin
Nation: U.S.
Zip: 54665
Nearby: Green Acres Road runs to the east from "J" and Sullivan Road runs west from "J"
Land Type: Private
Status: Abandoned
Accessible: Unsure
Unmarked graves: Unsure
Graves within: 4 marked but there should be one more
Oldest grave: January 15 1863
Newest grave: February 22 1868
Records: Unsure
Inventory: Unsure
Records location:
Owner: The land owners are Joseph and Darlene Howell. The Chambers Family has been in touch with them and are in agreement that something should be done.
Condition: Cemetery neglected
Overgrown-trees
Overgrown-ground cover
Overgrown-vines
Broken Headstones
Buried Headstones
Disintegrating Headstones
Fallen Headstones
Other problems: Trying to find out what can be done. Who is responsible and if they would care for it. Chambers family would be more than happy to share in the load. Also worry that future owners may not be willing to have it cared for or kept up.
Previous contacts: The State Historical Society of Wisconsin Burial Sites Preservation Program of 816 State Street in Madison Wisconsin 53706
Work Status: Planning stages

Submitted by / Contact for additional Information:

name: Theresa Prerost
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