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Letter: Thanks To Those Who Cleared a Historic Burial Ground in Leonardo

Joanne Peck of Middletown writes about a remarkable improvement in the Applegate Family Cemetery.

To whomever cleared out the small, old cemetery at the corner of Burlington Avenue and Cedar Avenue, thank you!

I've lived in this neighborhood for 30 years and have never had the opportunity to look at the old headstones in this cemetary. Each time I walked by, I thought about how sad and disrespectful it was to the poor souls who rested there to let the cemetary get so overgrown.

So, again, thank you. You did a wonderful job, whoever you are.

Teresa Okuszka September 18, 2012 at 10:24 PM
i lived right down the street from that cemetery as a child and young adult...did a report on who was buried there in the 10th grade, it is very interesting.i have tried to get someone to help me clear it for years when i lived in town, my brothers boy scout troop did it in the early 80's..i walked by today..it looks amazing, i took my daughter who is also very interested in history. so thanks it looks great!!
Cheryl Spears September 19, 2012 at 02:34 AM
I have a girl scout troop out of Leonardo and would love to help in any way we can.
David Urena October 05, 2012 at 03:47 PM
I did some reseach on Mary Stillwell Applegate and theres a interested famliy history on google ebooks: http://books.google.com/books?id=FmRM8WwGbFwC&pg=PA592&lpg=PA592&dq=mary+stillwell+applegate&source=bl&ots=EdKZ2BXi3L&sig=PGSSxC04pmV-WQ6UErxxoDz9U5U&hl=en&sa=X&ei=sv9uUOHbFKf30gHunoCIBQ&ved=0CD8Q6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=mary%20stillwell%20applegate&f=false
Michael Piatti October 28, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Please check out our Applegate Cemetery FB page: https://www.facebook.com/applegate.cemetery
Karen M. October 28, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Hello I am Karen M. Leader of troop 1242, I am proud to say my husband Hank and I are working hard to make the cemetery into a park like area. With our dear friends and scouts combining our efforts to make the property something to be proud of. Some area tree companies have helped us along the way including The Tree Guy, Hufnagel, and Boylans. We will be hosting a fundraiser party on Nov. 4th please come by the cemetery and show your support from 4 to 7pm.

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