By Associated Press - Friday, July 10, 2015

ARBORVILLE, Neb. (AP) - Director Nancy Beach of the York County Historical Society wants county commissioners to declare the tiny Zion Cemetery abandoned so it can be cleared of thick weeds, grass and debris.

“Something needs to be done with this cemetery, the brush needs to be cleared out, it needs to be cleaned out and taken care of,” Cheryl Ellis told the county board members this week.

The two-acre cemetery has between 12 and 20 headstones that mark the graves of pioneers and one Civil War veteran. It’s located on farm ground and is inaccessible by vehicle, the York News-Times ( ) reported.

Beach said she’ll work to gather the signatures of 35 county residents who support the abandonment of the cemetery as required by state law. The county surveyor has agreed to re-survey the property, and once it’s done, Beach said she will present documentation to commissioners so they can take action.

Commissioner Bill Bamesberger supported Beach’s actions, and Commissioner Kurt Bulgrin thanked Beach and Ellis for their efforts.

“This cemetery needs to be cleaned, cleared and taken care,” Bulgrin said.

Among those buried at the cemetery is Henry Harrison Brabham, a Civil War veteran. At least four children also have been buried at the site.


Information from: York News-Times,

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