OAKWOOD CEMETERY
Rubicon Township
Greene County, Illinois



  

  

  

Photos taken & Submitted by: Allen Handling


From the Gazette-Patriot, Carrollton, IL, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2002 - from an article dealing with Greene County Days.

"A large, well-kept cemetery on the north edge of Greenfield, situated on land donated by the Coonrod family, some of whose members are buried in a crypt on the grounds. At one time a Baptist church was located at this cemetery, which recorded its firsdt burial in 1836. When J. Russell Shields locked the Coonrod crypt for the last time, he took the key and threw it in a Greenfield pond as he had been directed by the Coonrods, who also donated the land for a park next to the cemetery. Years ago, a circus visited Greenfield, and a small boy, who was a clown, died. The people of Greenfield helped the family bury the boy, and for years decorated the child's grave. There is also an unconfirmed but persistent rumor that a circus elephant is buried there.

Submitted by: Allen Handling



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