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News Release

Lancaster County
Date: May 15, 2017

For more information contact
Ann Ames
(402) 441-7496
aames@lancaster.ne.gov

Lancaster County Working to Care for Pioneer Cemeteries

Lincoln, NE -- May 3, 2017 -- The Lancaster County Weed Control Authority is working with local volunteers to help maintain historic, pioneer cemeteries located in Lancaster County. The Lancaster County Board approved partnering with the various neighbors and volunteers, including Boy Scout Troop 64 in an effort to keep the cemeteries cleared and accessible to visitors. Lincoln Tree Service also donates their services to maintain the trees at the six pioneer cemeteries located in the county.

According to Brent Meyer, Weed Control Superintendent for Lancaster County the county has worked with area volunteers and neighbors for the past six years in maintaining the historic cemeteries. Meyer noted, "We didn’t even know who was mowing one of the cemeteries for several years, just that they were doing it and taking care of it on their own." The county now works with volunteers to help offset their costs in providing the services to the abandoned cemeteries. Meyer shared that the six cemeteries, all located in Lancaster County are the final resting place for many people, dating back to about 1870. Some began as family cemeteries and one is the original county cemetery for those without means and has no headstones to mark the graves. Jordan Cemetery, located in Waverly is the final resting place for Private Thomas Baggs, who served in the Company B, 18th Illinois Infantry Combined in the Civil War. Additionally, Jordan Cemetery is noted as a Lancaster County Historical Marker site. "We are so appreciative of those who help us honor the many people in these cemeteries by assisting with the maintenance and upkeep," said Meyer.

Established in 1859, Lancaster County is Nebraska’s second most populated county. Home to the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Lancaster County is a growing and dynamic community. In collaboration with the City of Lincoln, Lancaster County provides a variety of services for residents and has been nationally recognized for its cooperation and progressive attitude in service to residents.

For more information about Lancaster County please visit the website at lancaster.ne.gov or call 402-441-7447.

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