Old Evergreen Cemetery
Directions: Union Township, DeKalb
County, Indiana, S°32 T°34N
This public cemetery is in the town of Auburn on Union St. near the
Evergreen Cemetery. From Main St, south of Seventh St/SR8, go east on
18th or 19th St and is located on the east side of Union St.
From "History of DeKalb County Cemeteries" by Dorothy A. Ditmars, April
A few years after the Civil War and after the old
Auburn Cemetery dates back to the founding of Auburn in 1863.
This was the first in Union township and is located in the south east
part of Auburn.
William McIntosh of Auburn gives the following
"Few, if any people are living who took part in the
funeral procession which proceeded through the woods, slowly on foot.
For a long time
it was a peaceful spot, whose solitude was rarely broken, except for
wild-wood birds singing, and by Nature's lovely herbage in the narrow
and here and there a grave stone of marble, fallen from its' base.
Dec. 2, 1897, The Auburn Courier, Thursday
(Submitted by Roselyn Wells)
THE OLD CEMETERY
Charlie Bartels was over at Kendallville
Monday, and while there had a talk with Mr. Harry I. Park in regard to
the old part of the cemetery here, Mr. Park has several relatives
buried there and is anxious to see it put in good shape and kept
so. He prepared two papers for subscriptions to be used for that
purpose. One paper is to raise money for an iron fence, which is
estimated would have to be about 820 feet long, and cost something like
$500. For this purpose, he heads the list of subscribers, putting
down $125. On the other list, which is for the expense of keeping
the grounds in proper repair he subscribed $3. Mr. Bartels and
others interested will circulate these papers, asking such sums as the
people feel like giving. If they succeed as we hope they may,
this old cemetery where repose so many of the pioneers of Auburn and
DeKalb county, will be redeemed from the disgraceful condition into
which it had fallen. Let us see that it is done.