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The following article was published in the SAWYER COUNTY RECORD/HAYWARD, WI on June 15, 2011:

Evergreen Cemetey in Stone Lake gets new lease on life as all headstones are cleaned

by Kathy Hanson/Staff Reporter

     Stone Lake's Evergreen Cemetery on Highway BB is getting a facelift of sorts as volunteers from the Stone Lake Area Historical Society are slowly but surely cleaning all of the cemetery's headstones.

     The cemetery, which dates back to before 1918 when the first survey was recorded, contains the headstone of Hiram Thrasher, who died on December 21, 1911 at the age of 78.

     Project coordinator Carol McDonnell said Thrasher's is the oldest headstone, followed by a Mrs. Vine, then Archie Lampman, who was the first young man from Stone Lake to die in World War I.

     The project began when McDonnell visited the cemetery on May 26, 2011.

     "I looked at the Lampman graves at the entrance and I was ashamed of how dirty they were, so I decided to clean them," she said.

     The other Lampman headstone - also now all cleaned up and beautiful - is that of Stephen G. Lampman, the first and only civil way veteran buried there who lived from 1835 to 1913.  McDonnell said that on Memorial Day they decorated his grave with a 33 - star Civil-War American Flag, along with the regular 50 - star American Flag that flies over all veterans' graves.

     McDonnell said that a work night was held just before Memorial Day with 25 local citizens coming out to clean up after a long winter  They managed to clean all 107 veterans headstones before the Memorial Day ceremony she said.

     Currently, McDonnell, her husband, Tom, Brian Sheffield, Jay Lofgren, and Rose Rhea are engaged in a mission to clean every headstone in the cemetery, and as of this week a total of 220 stones have been brought back to life.

                                   Brian Sheffield is one of the volunteers who is cleaning the                                     headstones at Evergreen Cemetery the summer of 2011,

     McDonnell said volunteers meet each Tuesday afternoon for two hours.

     "Each person is able to do between 14 and 16 stones in two hours, depending upon their condition," she said.

     Using D-2 Biological Solution, the volunteers apply the cleaning solution, let it sit 10 minutes while they move on to the next stone, and then return to remove the dirt and lichen with a plastic scraper so the stone doesn't get scratched, she explained.

                                                                                                                    AFTER                                    Before

     McDonnell said they are finding stones that previously were invisible because so many were covered by bushes which are being trimmed back.

     She estimated the volunteers are about one-quarter finished with all the stones

     "I look at it as a summer project," said McDonnell.

     Several cash donations have been received that will help with ongoing maintenance expenses at the cemetery, and McDonnell said they hope more volunteers will show up throughout the summer at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays at the cemetery.  Supplies are furnished; volunteers just need to wear old clothes," McDonnell said.

     "We will make Stones Lake's Evergreen Cemetery into the most beautiful small town cemetery in Wisconsin," McDonnell said.

     For more information, call 715-865-5091.

NOTE:  On August 15, 2011 the headstone cleaning project was completed.  All 494 headstones that needed cleaning were bright and shiny again!

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Recollection Wisconsin, the state digitization website, now features five special stories written by local folks.  These stories are "Making Cheddar Cheese" by Doug Strand; "Memories if Family Stories" by Clovis Tripp; Memories of Growing Up On Isle of Pines" by Ted Crandell; An All-American Girl, The Story of Christine Henk" written by her great granddaughter, Lexi Hutton; and "The Sad Fate of a Beautiful Doe" by Carolyn Skille Crotteau.  We thank these wonderful local writers for their contribution to preserving our history.  To view these stories as well as the hundreds of items from our museum that have been digitized and entered into the state's special websites, search the web at: and http://RecollectionWisconsin.