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Lost Cemetery to Be Researched, Registered in Edgewood

A mysterious cemetery was the topic again at this week's Edgewood city council meeting.

The so-called Scott family cemetery - first rediscovered last August - is located behind Brookwood Swim Club. It is believed that there are some very old graves on the site, including that of a Revolutionary War veteran.

"We just wanted to mark the graves, and have it so people can read the history," said Councilman Jeff Schreiver. "We want to preserve the history."

Schreiver reported that the city has been unable so far to locate relatives of those buried there. The city originally received permission from the state to register the site as a cemetery, but with the stipulation that no digging could take place. Further discussion led to the allowance for digging, as long as a state official was paid to be present. 

Schreiver said that the city wants to clean up the site, locate headstones - if there are any, and possibly determine where caskets were buried so that the headstones can be properly placed. 

"This will take 25 to 30 volunteers at least one full-time day, and very possibly two days," he said. "We would have to pay (the state) to be there for at least one day, and possibly two."

The councilman reached out to the Behringer-Crawford Museum for possible assistance. In the meantime, Schreiver recommended that the city focus on registering the cemetery before the search and restoration begin.

It was also discussed that there is another cemetery on Dudley Road, and that 19th century landowner Thomas Buckner is also buried on a site in the city, so all three burial places may be registered. The museum will assist in collecting the histories at a cost of $1,080 which will be taken from the $1,500 that he city has also allocated to help clean up the cemetery.

Other notes:

A proclamation was read by Mayor John Link honoring Debra Obermeyer, who has put in 23 years as an educator, first as a teacher, then as a principal and administrator in both Kenton County and Campbell County. Her family looked on proudly as she accepted the proclamation, declaring May 16, 2017 to be Debra Obermeyer day in the City of Edgewood.

Mayor Link announced that Belinda Nitschke was named Clerk of the Year at the Greater Cincinnati Public Services Awards on May 11.

He also announced that he, as a representative of Edgewood, has been invited to Fountain Square on June 2 by the Bakers Association to stack donuts in a timed competition. Newport Mayor Jerry Peluso will also participate, he said. The competition will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The city will hold its annual Memorial Day celebration on May 29 at 10 a.m. at Freedom Park. The Boy Scouts will be present to officially dispose of old or torn flags if anyone needs to retire one. In case of rain, the event will be moved inside to the Senior Center.

A shred event is scheduled for June 3 beginning at 9 a.m. in Freedom Park.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor

Photo: Mayor John Link presents a proclamation to Debra Obermeyer (RCN)