Prairie Gem Cemetery
Driving directions: From Highway
#9 Drive North of Lenora 6-1/2 miles,
then east two miles. Cemetery lies on the south side of the road.
Legal description: NE corner of 13-4-24; Highland Township
Tombstones Are Righted
A small band of neighbors gathered it at the old Prairie Gem Cemetery southwest of Norton to trim the grass around graves and straighten monuments which had been tipped by vandals during the past year.
L. E. Holeman, Norton, one of the workers, said that early last fall some one had entered the cemetery and upset about 20 monuments. Several small markers were broken.
The cemetery, supported by the old Prairie Gem United Brethren Church, has had no graves added to it during the past 40 years or so but it serves as the final resting place for some of Norton County's oldest pioneers.
Residents of the area said today they "had a pretty good idea" who the vandals were and that the matter will be called to the attentions of the sheriff.
Taking part in the cleanup project were Mr. and Mrs. Dale Tweed, Mr. and Mrs. John Holeman, Mr. and Mrs. Vic Breiner and Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Holeman.
[Source: The Salina Journal (Salina, Kansas), 26 May 1954.]
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B C E H L M R W
|Surname||Given Names||Birth Date||Death Date||Inscription||Other Information||Photo|
|Bales||Mary||9/16/1907||Mother; Aged 74y 4m 26d||Same stone as William Bales. Maiden name was Doane.|
|Bales||William||9/5/1906||Father; Aged 75y 15d||Same stone as Mary Bales.|
|Black||David S.||1827||1905||At rest|
|Carr||B. W.||6/4/1867||5/25/1937||Full name was Barton Worley Carr.|
|Carr||Emma M.||2/19/1868||6/17/1913||Wife of B. W. Carr||Maiden name was Carson.|
|Carr||Norma Grace||9/29/1926||Infant daughter of Clarence & Dora Carr|
|Edloff||Victor||Son of P. A. & Ziona Carr; Aged 7y 6m 5d; With Christ in Heaven.||Plot is fenced. Died from injuries in a terrible wind storm. Obit on file at Norton Co. Genealogical Society.|
|Hansen||Odesa||Daughter of A. G. Hanson; Aged 3y 4m 24d||Daughter of A. G. Hanson|
|Holeman||Arron||1/1/1815||9/1/1903||Same stone as Lafayette and Caroline Holeman. Arron's inscription is on the north face of the stone.|
|Holeman||Caroline||2/12/1852||3/12/1923||Aged 71y 1m||Same stone as Lafayette and Arron Holeman. Maiden name was McDaniels.|
|Holeman||Lafayette||4/4/1850||8/3/1934||Same stone as Arron and Caroline Holeman. Full name was Charles Lafayette Holeman.|
|Livingood||9/9/1925||10/18/1925||Baby. Son of N. & Mary Livingood. Asleep in Jesus.||Stone sunken (July 2009).|
|Livingood||Noah||1860||1923||Birth year was originally carved as 1890 then corrected to 1860.|
|McDaniels||Benjamin||1828||1915||Same stone as Melissa McDaniels. Civil War veteran.|
|McDaniels||Malissa||1831||1907||Same stone as Benjamin McDaniels.|
|Miller||Frank||No marker for 2 children buried here.|
|Moser||Viva G.||11/15/1882||4/27/1909||Daughter of Z. & S. F. Ireland. At Rest.||Parents were Zavin and Sarah Frances (Morford) Ireland. Wife of Ray Moser.|
|Mulkey||Frank||This grave is unmarked. According to a submitter, Frank's parents were Barton and Kathrine Mulkey and that he was born during March 1899 in Kansas.|
|Romine||Allen Louis||1/19/1858||12/17/1933||Father||Marker only contains "Father" beside the marker of Nancy Ellen (Roundtee) Romine. Name obtained through research. Dates submitted.|
|Romine||John D.||2/28/1892||9/13/1905||Son of A.L. & N.E. Romine.|
|Romine||Nancy E. (Rountree)||3/12/1860||9/20/1919||Eternal rest|
|Roundtree||Grandma||1905||Aged 82y||According to obituary, "Grandma Roundtree" was buried in this cemetery about 5/16/1905. Obit on file at Norton Co. Genealogical Society. Possibly Mary Ann "Molly" Friend, wife of Erasmus D. Roundtree. No marker as of 7/15/2009.|
|Rountree||Henry||2/1847||12/29/1940||Son of E. D. Roundtree. On 7/15/2009 had metal Enfield-Eckhart funeral home marker. Dates submitted.|
|Rountree||Erasmus Darwin||12/18/1902||His wife was Mary Ann "Polly" Friend Roundtree, probably the "Grandma Roundtree" buried here. Name inscribed on stone as "Rountree".|
|Walrath||Mrs. J. D.||Walrath on top of marker, no other discernible inscription on 7/15/2009. Second marker, same plot, completely blank.|
|Watkins||Clair Lewis||2/17/1918||6/11/1918||Child of Jess Watkins||Child of Jess Watkins. No marker as of 7/15/2009.|
|Watkins||Clara||11/29/1919||11/30/1919||Child of Jess Watkins||Child of Jess Watkins. Enfield-Eckhart funeral home marker.|
|Worley||J. R.||Enfield-Eckhart funeral home marker. Obit|
|Worley||Johnnie||On 7/15/2009 no evidence of funeral home marker.|
|Worley||William||On 7/15/2009 no evidence of funeral home marker. Obit|
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