HEADSTONES DETERIORATING

At An Alarming Rate

Written and Submitted in 2011 by: Jack Fly
131 years ago this stone, pictured below, was a beautiful white marble stone that marked the grave of Henry Hadley.

Was this stone a victim of a tornado, falling limbs, curious cattle or vandals? We will never know the answer. Whatever the event that brought it to the ground, it marked the beginning of the end for this cemetery stone. The elements have combined and eroded it away to almost nothing.

The condition pictured below is an example of "sugar stone". The stone dissolves similar to a cube of sugar, crumbling into small granules at the slightest touch. This stone has rapidly deteriorated over the past six years.

This is why the Barry County Genealogical and Historical Society Cemetery Committee is working to restore our cemeteries.

Time is running out!

A lot of our ancestors' headstones will soon be gone!


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August 2001


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April 2007


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May 1, 2007

The Henry Hadley Stone


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May 1, 2007

The Hadley stone was brought in for restoration.

Jack Fly,

BCG&HS Cemetery Committee Chairman


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