My paternal grandparents and a couple of
uncles are buried in the Mt Carmel Cemetery in Jewell County - and I see it is not listed. I have been
there only once, about 5 years ago. My notes for the finding the cemetery read: Highway 181 south from
Lebanon, KS. Road side sign read "Dispatch Reformed Church and Cemetery 2 miles east, 1 mile south
(this is NOT the cemetery!). Follow the road to the Church. Turn left (east) for 2-1/2 to 3 miles. The
gravel road divides to the left and right - straight ahead is a dirt road. Turn left (north) for 2 miles. The last
mile the gravel road turns to dirt. Turn right (east) for 2 miles - a lightly graveled road. The last half mile
the road winds and climbs. At 2 miles there is a "Y" in the road, turn left and stop. In a small grove of
spruce trees, about 200 ft. to the right, you can see a few headstones. |
There is a gate, but no sign on the gate and no roadway in, except with a 4-wheel drive vehicle. The cemetery is on a side of a hill, sloping down from the south to the north. My family (Kettenring) is on the south side, not far from the line and has a very large patch of iris (approximately 6 feet across) immediately north of the graves. I would never have found this cemetery, but stopped to ask about it and, with a beginner's luck, talked to the man who ran the county road grader. He said he took the grader in twice a year and cut the grass.
My grandmother was buried there in 1936 and I doubt that anyone has been buried there since. At that time I did not copy the few non-family stones - some broken, some just in a pile. I was too appalled. My father was born about 2 miles north of the cemetery and all I could do was stand there an cry at what had happened to the cemetery. Due to age, etc., I have not been able to return, but I still cry today when I look at the pictures I took.
After I came home I tried to interest someone/anyone, in surveying the cemetery, but could never get anyone to respond. Now, I am passing my info to you, hoping someonewill walk the ground and remember.
Bless you and your work.
mother of Leslie Albert