Volunteers clean old cemetery


On Highland Lane

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - The old Hale Cemetery, at Highland Lane and Columbia Drive, was cleaned up by Amanda and Mike Alps and Larry Nasset in time for Memorial Day.An old cemetery located on Highland Lane, the Hale (Odd Fellows) Cemetery, got a cleaning, just in time for Memorial Day, thanks to the efforts of some neighbors.

After obtaining permission from the Odd Fellows group, Mike and Amanda Alps, and Amanda's father Larry Nasset spent Mother's Day weekend cleaning up the cemetery, located on the southwest corner of Highland Lane and Columbia Drive, just east of U.S. Highway 97.

"You couldn't really see the headstones because of all the weeds," said Amanda Alps, who lives on Columbia Drive. "We drive by it every day. My son Jared suggested that we clean it up."

According to Alps, there are about 111 people buried in the cemetery, "but when I counted the headstones, I got about 87. There are a few that say baby, but don't have other information."

"The first person buried in there was a Hale, and she was buried in 1892," she said. "I think the last time was about two years ago."

The first person buried at the cemetery was Minerva Hale, a 43-year-old mother.

The Alps and Nasset wanted to clean the cemetery so that families would be able to find their loved ones on Memorial Day, and even purchased small flags to put on the graves.

"Initially, we burned off all the old weeds, then we went around with weedeaters, and put out flags right before Memorial weekend."

Before starting the cleanup, Amanda Alps contacted E.V. Smith, of Culver, a member of the Odd Fellows to get approval for the project.

"It used to be the Corwin cemetery back in the day," said Smith, who gave the Alps the go-ahead. "I contacted the Rebekahs and they said if someone wanted to clean it up, no problem."

Smith said that the Rebekahs usually maintain it, but no work had been done recently. "A lot of the Rebekahs and Odd Fellows are up in their 80s," he explained.

"A lot of people from Grandview are buried there, but we haven't had any burials out there in years," he said.