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Thank you for cemetery cleanup help

Published: Saturday, April 26, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

American Legion Post 582 thanks task leaders, Clark Mortenson and Melvin Saad, and the 30-plus residents of Newton, Erie, and Fenton townships for the April 12 reclamation of Smack Cemetery.

The day started at 9 a.m., and by 11 the property had been pretty well cleared. The task began earlier in the week with Gary Polfliet’s brush-cutting machine.

Workers used chain saws, bow saws, limb trimmers, rakes, and bare hands.

There are piles of trees and brush to be burned yet.

When I departed, the site workers were trying to re-erect as many headstones as was possible.

A couple of Civil War veteran graves were identified of the some 17 reportedly buried there.

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