A brief history of Glenwood Cemetery

Glenwood Cemetery
Last Name First Name Maiden Name Birth Date Death Date Age Source Remarks Contact
Bauer Jacob     25-May-1878   William Bauer block 1, south half of 149 William Bauer
Fowler Arta Mae Hendrick 16-Aug-1931 09-Aug-1996 68 Obituary    
Hein Edward D.   08-Aug-1935 27-Apr-2001 65 Obituary    
Linaweaver Elizabeth F Burner 17-Jul-1871 24-Jul-1949 78 Obituary    
Linaweaver W.J.   03-Jul-1861 17-May-1947 85 Obituary    
Messinger Eva (Katherine) Schober 1842 in Germany 24-Aug-1898   Elaine Rebori   Elaine Rebori
Messinger John Gottlieb   1841 in Germany 06-Jul-1905   Elaine Rebori   Elaine Rebori
Messinger Mary Sophia Rose 09-Sep-1872 14-Jun-1908   Elaine Rebori   Elaine Rebori
Messinger William   07-May-1869 02-Feb-1922   Elaine Rebori   Elaine Rebori
Moore Charles A   26-Mar-1923 27-May-2001 78 Obituary    
Mussett Alfred K.   15-Jul-1909 26-Sep-2001 92 Obituary    
Northern Frederick E   26-Feb-1912 09-Apr-2001 89 Obituary    
Shockley Laura Matilda Ambrose 11-Feb-1851 20-Oct-1899       Mary A Sutphin
Washington Lucretia   1829 15-Jan-19009   Obituary    
Wright Lewis J   27-May-1918 08-Feb-2001 82 Obituary    
Zule Robert L.(Bob)   16-Feb-1926 15-Apr-1990 64 Obituary    

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This page was created by Leavenworth County Coordinator on Saturday, May 02, 2009.




From the collections at the Leavenworth County Historical Society and Museum. Reprinted with permission from The Leavenworth County Historical Society and Museum and the Leavenworth Times. Donated by Debra Graden.

Glenwood Cemetery started in 1870s
by L. Candy Ruff (Times Lifestyles Editor)
Leavenworth Times, August 28, 1988

All that remains of Glenwood is an 8-acre cemetery. Once a country corner where a Methodist church, general store, blacksmith shop and several homes stood, now open farm land is broken by trees and creeks.

The graceful topography of this portion of southern Leavenworth County was first viewed by Samuel Peter Haas when Fort Leavenworth was barely 15 years old. The Mexican War veteran most likely headed toward the Oregon Trail from the post, traversing the southern part of the county. His descendent of today says he must have liked the land.

"He was given bounty land for fighting in the war," Mary Frances Krull said Monday afternoon. "So he chose his 160 acres in this area. They first settled in Lapeer."

The Kansas territory had been open one year when George and Mary Shobert arrived in northeastern Douglas County near the headwaters of Rock Creek. They chose to buy land next to their son-in-law. Haas and Shobert were among the founders of Lapeer in 1855.

At the close of the Civil War, the Shoberts moved to the newly formed Glenwood community founded in 1864 by I. B. Dutton. Those early days were recalled a the turn of the century in an article from The Tonganoxie Mirror.

I. B. Dutton made a careful selection of his home at the head of some of the Hog creek branches in section 15. The name of Glenwood may not have been given until 1868, but it was Mr. Dutton's location on the edge of the prairie with a semi-circle of native trees to the west of him forming, as it were, a glen that resulted in that name.

As more settlers joined the community, the need for a burial ground became evident. The first recorded burial in the Glenwood Cemetery occurred in 1872. George Shobert was buried there five years later.

The cemetery stood near the Glenwood School. Abandoned for many years, then torn down, the school was where Clinton Warden and Gail Gray became friends.

"I lived across the road from the cemetery," Gray said Monday. "So my family naturally came to take care of it. My people are buried here."

For 22 years, Gray served as sexton. He paid special attention to the headstones of his grandparents, Thomas and Carrie Gray, and parents, Guy and Annie Watson Gray. Today the job falls to Warden's son-in-law, Charles Peterson, and his six sons. "He gets all those boys out here and they go through this in no time," Grandfather Warden says of Richard, Randall, Gerald, Kendall, Leland and Kevin.

Warden serves as treasurer of the Fairmount Township, charged with the cemetery's care. Located on County Road 2, south US 24-40, the cemetery has seen an increase of burials in recent years.

"There was a time when you just didn't see too many people buried out here. But today, it's different. We had to buy another acre not long ago," Warden said.

Article donated by Debra Graden, President
Leavenworth County Genealogical Society, 1998


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