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.
Go to facebook.com/gary.m.farral/media_set?set=a.10203419293708868.1073741839.1408083354&type=3 to view pictures.