Stone Lake Area Historical Society
WISCONSIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY MAGAZINE HIGHLIGHTS THE STONE LAKE AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
"The Columns" magazine shared that the Stone Lake Area Historical Society has been benefited by two mini-grants funded by the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Wisconsin Council for Local History. The first grant provided funds needed to purchase a scanner, light kit, and other materials needed for the digitization project. The second grant funded a project to replace 86 incadescent and flooddlights with full LED lighting. The LED lighting will dramatically reduce the energy consumption and protect the collections from light damage.
THE STONE LAKE AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY TRAVELING TRUNK VISIT WAS PUBLISHED IN THE SAWYER COUNTY RECORD:
The following article was published in the SAWYER COUNTY RECORD/HAYWARD, WI on June 15, 2011:
Evergreen Cemetery 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.
.Brian Sheffield is one of the volunteers who cleans the headstones at Evergreen Cemetery as cleaning is needed
McDonnell said volunteers meet as needed to provide maintenance cleaning.
"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.
McDonnell said they are finding stones that previously were invisible because so many were covered by bushes which are being trimmed back.
"We are making Stone Lake's Evergreen Cemetery into the most beautiful small town cemetery in Wisconsin," McDonnell said.
For more information, call 715-865-5091.
ARTICLE ONE; "SAVING THE STONE LAKE DEPOT":
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 of 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: http://content.mpl.org/stonelake and http://RecollectionWisconsin.