Monday, August 25, 2008


Every once in a while a community volunteer comes along and donates time and funds beyond all expectations to accomplish a project for the benefit of the community, and the significance of the project is such that words cannot adequately describe it. Robert Seater, graduate of Metz High School and a retired U.S. Naval officer, has personally undertaken the complete renovation of Balltown Cemetery near Metz, with the assistance of Tex McKinley, as his assistant. In addition to trimming trees and removing overgrown bushes, he is repairing broken stones and straightening those which have tipped over the years. And much more...

A newspaper article which really just touches on the magnitude of this project has recently been posted at "Balltown Cemetery Rehab is a Labor of Love." Five web pages of before and after pictures have recently been added to help show the marvelous work being done. Please note that there will be a public ceremony this fall, November 11, Veterans Day, to dedicate the new military memorial and rededicate the G.A.R. memorial -- mark your calendar now to attend.

Robert estimates it may take about five additional years to complete the remaining planned work which includes installing an engraved marker with the cemetery's history (Balltown is Vernon County's oldest cemetery) as well as repairing and leveling gravestones in the north section which is the older part of the cemetery.


Nancy Thompson
Tri-County Genealogical Society
218 West Walnut St, Nevada, MO 64772
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P.S. for those with dial-up internet service, the file size for the newspaper story is 43KB and the pictures range from 322 to 606KB. Adobe Reader v. 6 or higher is required to view the picture pages.

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