The Dora Cemetery Association received its full funding of $ 1,100 from the State of Oregon for the completion of its 2014-2015 grave marker project. Harrah!
The $ 1,100 was provided to John Frazier, Sexton for leveling and repairing 11 large grave markers in dire need of repair and/or leveling. These grave markers were too difficult for our volunteers to level and repair. This allowed the volunteers to concentrate more time on the 50 small to medium grave markers.
Six Coquille High School students with guidance provided by Tom and Ernie Krewson spent the day cleaning and leveling grave markers on April 11,2014 . They utilized their time learning about cemeteries and the care needed to maintain grave markers. They did a fantastic job and were very eager to learn. The six high school students were Mariah Ray, Sabrina Smith, Savanna McAdams, Daniel David-Hodge, Wyatt Yates and Gavin Clawson.
An additional August 2014 workparty consisted of 9 volunteers who spent a day leveling grave markers. This workforce worked extremely well and was able to level some of the more difficult grave markers. They were Clell Laird, David Laird, Ernie Krewson, Tom Krewson, Jo Peterson, Kallie Krewson, Burton Wilson, Colleen Wilson and Betty Krewson.
A couple of the medium size grave markers needing special attention for cleaning were transported to Keizer, Oregon by Ernie Krewson. These grave markers have been returned and remounted. See first before and after picture below of Elizabeth Evans as an example.
Joyce Collins of West Coast Monument donated two grave markers for two of the interments in Potter’s Field that didn’t have a grave marker. Thanks, Joyce.
As an extension of this project the Dora Cemetery Association has applied for two military grave markers for Joseph Hatcher and Hubert Harry interred in our cemetery without a grave marker. This is a challenging endeavor as both of these veterans were in the military in the early 1900’s and finding their military records needed to obtain a grave marker is challenging. For a list of the veterans interred in our cemetery click on the link – Dora Cemetery Vetern List 6.15.2015
The grave marker project ran from November 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014. Below are before and after pictures of some of the grave markers that have been cleaned, repaired, and leveled.
Straightening grave markers
Picture of Tom Krewson and Ernie Krewson with six Coquille High School students – Mariah Ray, Sabrina Smith, Savanna McAdams, Daniel David-Hodge, Wyatt Yates and Gavin Clawson.
Leveling grave markers by Coquille High School students – their the greatest!
Work in Progress – Under Construction
These grave markers were repaired and leveled.
AUGUST 2014 GRAVE MARKER WORKPARTY
Clell Laird, David Laird, Ernie Krewson, Tom Krewson, Jo Peterson, and Kallie Krewson.