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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Historic Harco-area cemetery off limits to party animals

  • An historic cemetery near Harco is being littered with beer cans by party goers who ride in and out on four wheeled all-terrain vehicles. While at the cemetery, they leave tire tracks on grave sites.
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    • CORRECTION: Due to a reporter's error, Sarah Beal's - maiden name, Murphy - name was wrong as originally published. It has been corrected online.
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      CORRECTION: Due to a reporter's error, Sarah Beal's - maiden name, Murphy - name was wrong as originally published. It has been corrected online.
  • Sarah Beal is on a mission.
    An historic cemetery is being littered with beer cans by party goers who ride in and out on four wheeled all-terrain vehicles. While at the cemetery, they leave tire tracks on grave sites.
    "When we first started looking into the damage at the cemetery, there were places where the party-goers had built fires and littered beer cans all around," said Beal Monday morning.
    The first person buried in the cemetery was Nolen's great-great-great-grandfather David Nolen, Beal said. He died in 1858. The property was transferred by a U.S. Grant signed on June 1, 1857, by President James Buchanan. The cemetery of more than 100 graves belongs to Brushy Township, Beal believes, and is undergoing clean up by volunteers.
    "I just want to put the word out that four-wheelers are not allowed in the cemetery," said Beal. "I don't know who is doing it but I am hoping the laws pertaining to this will be enforced.
    "It may be a federal offense to desecrate a grave in an historic cemetery."
    Beal knows that the Saline County Sheriff's Deputies don't have time to stake out a remotely located cemetery, however historic it may be.
    "I just hope the deputies might cruise by once in awhile. Most important, if these are kids, I hope their parents will get involved and order them to stop. Their parents need to know what they are up to, desecrating graves," Beal said.
    Six volunteers from as far away as Stonefort and Harrisburg have cleaned up the cemetery for now. They finished their work on Nov. 3.
    "Everybody in the cemetery is related. Some of the families are Nolen, Murphy, Ward, Travelstead and Boatwright," said Beal.
    Though somewhat obscured by the woods that surround the cemetery, the view is good. The land is on high ground and it is an uphill climb to get to it on Lost Road.
    It is near the intersection of Harco Road and Old Route 13.
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