ARTICLES

They're Only Stones
A couple of stories about the local cemeteries and the importance of preservation.

Who's Henry?
A 47-year-old question.

The Forgotten Ones
Preserving our history.

WCCPS Invited to Seneca County
Assisting other groups.

Mike McCann Documents and Confirms Information He Finds on Area Graves
Success in Medina County by WCCPS member.

Students Looking for Graves
Positive association with the College of Wooster.

Graveyard Preservation
Some suggestions by Lynette Strangstad.


 



Students Looking For Graves: Chester Township land is possible site of cemetery

 

Megan Akers
5 Aug 2002
Wooster Daily Record

Richard Guenther knew there might be something special about his mother’s land. So, when Kathy Hochstetler approached him about searching for a possible buried cemetery on the property, he didn’t mind at all. “I know something might be there,” he said.
Her history with the township led Hochstetler to an interest in investigating the possible cemetery, located just southwest of Smithville-Western Road on State Route 539. “I was raised there,” Hochstetler said.  “This was such an interest to me because of that.”  Hochstetler said she chose to research the township when the Wayne County Cemetery Preservation Society first started working on cemetery preservation.
For the past year, Hochstetler has been communicating with township trustees, Guenther, Larry & Bonnie Knox of the society and Dr. Nick Kardulias, professor of Anthropology, Sociology and Archaeology at the College of Wooster. Recently, Kardulias put together a team of students to research the grounds of the potential graveyard.
“They’ve set up a grid around the property,” Kardulias said. “We’ve mapped that and have done the geophysical work.”  Because the potential graveyard is vast, Hochstetler said the team’s research is covering a large portion of the land.
“It’s tremendously exciting,” Knox said.  “Everybody’s working with everybody.”  “The team is trying to locate graves that don’t have headstones using a magnetometer, which can detect the presence of materials by their influence on an area’s magnetic field.  If there has been a disturbance in the ground, the graph lines will change.”  She said the team believes progress has been made. “I think they’ve decided that the graves are standing in a horseshoe pattern,” Knox said.
Results from the project, Hochstetler said, may not be known for a few weeks. When the team is finished locating graves, township trustees will mark off the land and create a cemetery, honoring those who still rest in peace there.
Guenther said he is happy he is a part of the project. “It would be OK is they set a cemetery on the land,” he said.
Hostetler is pleased that everything connected with the project has been favorable. “Besides the heat, this project has been so positive.”