- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) - A group installed a sign this week at a long-forgotten cemetery in Marshalltown in an effort to increase awareness of the gravesites, many for poor people who lived in the area during the late 1800s and early 1900s.

More than 160 people are buried at Marshall County Home Cemetery along Highway 30 and near the county jail, the Marshalltown Times-Republican reported (http://bit.ly/1qymlhR ). Most of the gravesites were for people who lived in the county home for the poor.

The Marietta Club raised money to buy the new aluminum sign that was hung on Thursday. The group came up with the idea of the sign after visiting the site a year ago.

Member Mary Lou Tappe said the group hopes to put a sign with all known names of people buried there.

Portions of the cemetery were overlooked for decades until crews looked into widening the highway in October 2000, Tappe said.

“We got the idea of all those people out there in that little cemetery and no marker and nobody knew anything about it,” Tappe said. “You’ve probably driven by it not knowing what it was. Now, you will know what it is.”

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Information from: Times-Republican, http://www.timesrepublican.com

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