WESTERN IOWA PIONEER CEMETERY ASSOCIATION TO HONOR FORMER SOLDIER
(Harlan) In July, a veteran of the War of 1812 will be honored at a burial ground northwest of Panama. Ron Chamberlain, Chairman of the Western Iowa Pioneer Cemetery Association says they found Abel Gallands’ grave last fall.
“On October 22 we used a ground penetrating radar unit and we found nine burials,” stated Ron Chamberlain. ”One of the burials is Abel Galland who was born in 1787 and fought in the war of 1812. In July, we are going to honor him with color guard and a tombstone from the federal government.”
Chamberlain says about 80-members are involved in the Western Iowa Pioneer Cemetery Association, a group of volunteers interested in preserving Pioneer and abandoned cemeteries in Western Iowa counties.
“We go to these old cemeteries and find underground tombstones and turn them upright,” said Chamberlain. “We also make sure the fence is alright, we put a flag pole in every cemetery and we have somebody locally take care of that flag.”
The Western Iowa Pioneer Cemetery Association is holding another workday on June 4, at the Slate Cemetery north of Kirkman, starting at 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Rex Adams at 712-766-3318 or Ron Chamberlain at 712-489-2736.