|Bedford County , Pennsylvania|
|Monroe Twp., Cemeteries|
Started May 16, 1963
The Herman Barkman Family - Floyd, Donald, Charles, Melvin Mills, Gladys, Reba, and Sara, met at the Fletcher Cemetery May 16, 1963, for the purpose of cleaning up the old Barkman graves, which they did that evening, but when we were coming out of the gate, Sara says I hate to clean up Grand Pa's people's graves and not clean up Grand Ma's people's graves, and Don says where is Grand Ma's people, so Sara told them or rather showed them, and they all agreed to set another evening to clean Grand Ma's people('s) graves up. So we set one week later.
The Millers had already cleaned their corner up, so we all came back 1 week later and word got out we were cleaning them up. So about 36 interested people came that evening and we started to clean it all up. Pulling big locust with tractor and tearing down the old fence. Those who helped were:
& Mrs Walter Bowman
We all got busy picking stones, raking, and carrying stones away. Walter Bowman tore up the ground with his tractor, and Donald Barkman pulled the big locust trees and sassafras bushes with his tractor, and soon it was looking different, and we were off to a good start.
Then next year in May we set a date May 17th to elect officers and how to raise money. Our goal was $2000.00 and we all got busy asking relatives and friends for money, and soon we reached our goal. This is how we got started to clean up the Cemetery.
Thank God for all of those who helped in any way. It took to May 24th 1974 to finish it. Thank God for the faithful ones, who stuck to the finish. We are real proud of it. I could have almost shouted.
Sara Mills, Sec. & Treas.