Gone, but not forgotten

Area residents are invited to learn about the stories of residents of Homer’s past, study the symbols of pioneer tombstones, and learn how to properly clean those stones at 6:30 p.m. on June 19. This pioneer cemetery program is being held at the Homer Cemetery, one of the county’s earliest places of burial.

Local students will introduce guests to several “residents” of the cemetery from the town’s founder to the area’s first white settler, and even the gypsies buried outside of the cemetery proper. The stories will introduce listeners to the life and times of early settlement up to the 1930s. Since this particular cemetery is known to have many unmarked graves, members of the cemetery society will conclude the evening by “witching” for graves.

The Homer Cemetery has been classified as a pioneer cemetery, meaning it has had twelve or fewer burials in the last fifty years. The earliest graves found in this cemetery date back to the 1850s and as recent some locals can recall. The program will be held at the Homer Cemetery just east of what used to be the town of Homer. The address for the cemetery is 1314 290th Street, rural Webster City.

Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and bug spray. Parking will be on the shoulder of the county blacktop so guests will need to be able to walk a distance in to the cemetery. For more information contact Catherine Bergman at 515-832-9575.