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Old Pontotoc Cemetary Clean-Up Day
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 • Posted November 16, 2011

Thanks to the eighteen folks who turned out this past Saturday to help with the first clean up in over thirty years of the Old Pontotoc Cemetery. Needless to say, it was in pretty bad shape. We found several graves that we didn’t even know were there after clearing dead grasses, weeds, briar, cactus, and so on. We had folks from Pontotoc, Lone Grove, Mason, and Katemcy who came to help. Of course, we couldn’t get everything accomplished in one day, but at least now when you drive down RR 501 you can actually tell that there is a cemetery there. We will be scheduling another work day in the near future.The cemetery was basically abandoned in 1888 after a typhoid epidemic wiped out much of the town’s population, including many children. We now have a list of 38 people who are buried there, but unfortunately many are unmarked graves. There are also more than 38 graves there so if anyone has information on ancestors who might possibly be buried there, please contact the Mason County Historical Commission. You can reach Jane Hoerster at the MCHC office in the Mason County Library at 347-5446 or Jan Appleby at 347-4058 (cell). If you are interested in helping out at the next clean-up day (date TBA later), you can also contact either Jane or Jan to be added to the list of volunteers.

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