MT. CALVARY CEMETERY
HIGHLAND PARK CEMETERY, Sections 1-2, 3-6, 7-13
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Highland Cemetery; the adjoining Catholic Addition to the north (known as Mt. Calvary), and Highland Park Cemetery across the road south of Highland Cemetery, comprise the Ravenna Municipal Cemeteries. They are located in Garfield Township Sections 6 and 7 of Buffalo County, Nebraska.
A short history of the cemeteries, recorded by the Ravenna Young Homemakers Club as part of the Bicentennial in 1976, included records from the beginning of cemetery burials in Highland and Mt. Calvary Cemeteries through 1920. It is available from the Ravenna Cemetery Board, or at area libraries. There were no burials in Highland Park Cemetery before 1920.
This has all been done as a Ft. Kearny Genealogical Society project in which all the cemeteries in Buffalo County are being made available to the public through the efforts of Genealogical Society members.
HIGHLAND CEMETERY - Five acres were purchased by the incorporated Village of Ravenna from George V.Adams, a single man, for the sum of $200. This purchase was recorded with E. M. Rankin, County Clerk of Buffalo County, September, 1888. The plat was surveyed by Buffalo County Surveyor, E. N. Porterfield, and marked off into cemetery lots. This plat was accepted by the Trustees of the Village of Ravenna and dedicated to the public in September, 1888. The Village Clerk was Edward Cronau and the Trustees were F. E. Shaw, Chairman, R. H. Robie, Henry Boyle, Edward Miner and A. V. Hlava.
Although the first land was purchased in 1888, many tombstones are inscribed with earlier dates. This indicates that bodies were moved here from other cemeteries and burial places--from the Sweetwater Cemetery, Horak Cemetery, Sodtown Cemetery, and others--after the Ravenna Cemetery was established.
Charles Dudley Smith (born in 1870; died on December 3, 1886, at the age of 16 years, 9 months, and 13 days) is recorded as the first burial in the Highland Cemetery. He was the son of Erastus and Clara P. Smith, first settlers in Ravenna. This report comes from the August 1, 1889 issue of the Ravenna News:
"A beautiful and costly Scotch Granite tombstone is being erected over the last resting place of Charley Smith. The burial lot is being surrounded with a handsome picket fence of iron to protect the spot from invasion. This is the first monument erected in the Ravenna Cemetery." (The picket fence no longer exists.)
I would appreciate your contacting me at my Kearney address with questions or corrections to these records.
Joyce Psota Wink
Rt 8, 4615 Ave. N
Kearney, NE 68847
Member, Ft. Kearny Genealogical Society
Key for "Additional Information" or "Comments" Column (Often printed on headstone):
Korea, or Korean War
bu or bur
*1905 or 01
World War I|
World War II
Killed in Action
age at death in years, months, day
question of date
Highland Park Cemetery is a long (north to south), narrow (east to west) piece of land.
This plat of Highland Park has been edited from the working copy of the Ravenna Cemetery Board. At the time this record of burials in Highland Park is being printed, new lots are being added to the south end.
An effort has been made to use the working plat, and make it as readable as possible, with numbers being enlarged for easier use. Because it no longer fits on an 8-1/2x11" sheet in a readable manner, I have divided the northern from the southern section, and have put the latter on the back of the sheet. The plat is not scaled. Also, lots are of different sizes, and repeated photocopying has angled the drawing somewhat.