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Madison County Genealogical Society

Minutes of the Meeting - February 14, 2008


President, Robert Ridenour, called the meeting to order.


Treasurer LaVerne Bloemker presented the financial report for the period ending January 31, 2008.

Secretary Barbara Hitch reported that dues are now due. She reported that the printing and postage costs averaged $18. per member last year. Cemetery Book XVI, Valley View Cemetery, is now available for $12 plus $3 if mailed.

Librarian Elsie Wasser reported that she has received a newer plat of Quercus Grove Cemetery. The second ten-year Stalker index is being compiled by Scott Delicate. Elsie also reported that she has many obituaries for the Glenwood Cemetery which need entering into the computer.


Several guests were present: Cathy Lumere, from Hayner Library; the speaker, Lewis Knackstedt, and his wife, Lorene; Ronald Mindrup, and his wife, Mindy.

Lewis Knackstedt presented a program titled Restoration of Vincent Cemetery, Alhambra, Illinois.

Mr. Knackstedt discussed the work that was performed in cleaning the brush and trees from the cemetery; the cleaning and resetting of the stones; the dowsing and location of 830 unmarked graves by Jim Collmann; and the placement of a memorial stone for the 950 individuals in the graveyard. On one work day, they had sixteen people working on the cleanup and restoration.