Arlington East Hill Cemetery Association has a new sign
Thanks to the Rush County Community Foundation
In the Fall of 2010, the Board of Trustees of the Arlington East Hill Cemetery reviewed the status of the cemetery regarding the number of burial plots available to sell and the drainage problems in section 6. The Board decided to purchase an additional four acres of land, install tile ditching, build a new entrance, excavate the ground, install new driveways, build a fence on the East side, and mark the burial plots. The construction began in the Spring of 2011.
There were 831 volunteer hours donated to the construction. In addition, there was approximately $9,800 worth of equipment hours volunteered as well. The Board thanks the following individuals for their contributions to the project: Norman and Priscilla Winkler, John Rathburn, Charlie Smith, David Smith, Jerry Winkler, Joe Kuhn, Fred Earnest, Delbert and Judy Crisman, DelMonte Wagner, Kevin Geise, Bob Foltz, Jeannie Martin, Butch Kennedy, Janet Kile, and Larry Martin.
In the Fall of 2014, the Board decided to install a new sign at the new entrance to the cemetery. An application was submitted to the Rush County Community Foundation for a grant from the Foundation’s community grant funds to pay for a portion of the new design. The request was approved by the RCCF Board of Directors. The Arlington East Hill Cemetery Association thanks the Rush County Community Foundation for giving them a grant to help pay for the new sign.
In addition to the construction, the Board decided to transfer the cemetery records to electronic data in order to have backup of the information. The Genealogy Society members have taken pictures of headstones and submitted them to the Find A Grave website along with the obituaries and other information regarding the deceased. The Board has also compared their records with the Find A Grave website and notified the Genealogy Society of any additions or corrections that should be made. The Board thanks the Genealogy Society for their efforts in getting this information together.
The sale of burial plots is a significant part of the revenue needed by the Association to preserve and maintain the cemetery. With the addition of these new sections, the Association should be able to preserve and maintain the cemetery into the next century. Anyone interested in learning more about the cemetery or burial plots should contact Judy Crisman at 765-663-2410. The Board also recommends the Find A Grave website as an excellent place to learn about family and loved ones that are deceased.