Yes, it is sorta' fadin'. Will the Rising Sun Preservation and Historical Commission RESCUE this quaint little building which is truly a "landmark"? This little chapel stands at the top of the hill as you enter BROOKVIEW Cemetery. As far as I know it serves as a toolhouse for the cemetery caretakers.
This poem below is dedicated to all those who care enough and search their ancestral charts to find their own family origins. Many folks are searching cemeteries all over the country to "find their roots". Let us welcome them, if they were to stop by, with this pretty little chapel.
Your tombstone stands among the rest;
Neglected and alone.
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished, marble stone.
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I exist
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beat a pulse
Entirely not our own.
The place you filled
One hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
And come to visit you.
-- Author Unknown
Our early soarces tell us that Brookview Cemetery was laid out from the farm of William Brown. Organizers were H.H. Haines, WTBR Roberson, and E.M Hunt. First buried there was Lum McClure who had a tin shop on the lot where a karati shop now stands (Sun Theatre in the 1940s).
Later we learn that on May 1896 Brookview Cemetery was incorporated. Officers were H.H. Haines, Pres.; WTBR Roberson, Walter K. Terry, Sec. & Tres.
Incorporators were H.H. Haines, WRBR Roberson, E.R. Buffington, W.M. Pogue, C.C. Conner, W.L. Ryan,
T.J. Wilson, J.T. Burkins, W. J. Burkins, W.J.McDougal, S.P. Ryan and Ed M. Hunt.
The interest began when my attention was drawn to Brookview Chapel where signs of it's neeeding repairs were starting to show. Parts of weather boarding were missing, pieces of the stained glass in the windows were being broken out, a basement window was completely missing and little signs of deterioration were beginning to be obvious. I later found out the roof was also leaking.
In the 1940s or 50s my Uncle Albert moved into the little dwelling on Cemetery Lane and became caretaker of the graveyard. Our family attachment grew stronger even tho our family had moved into town.
Since in 2005, I had just joined our newly organized history group in Rising Sun, Rising Sun History & Preservation Commission, my thoughts were drawn more and more toward Brookview. We had at home, a snapshot of this little chapel; we lived nearby and the chapel was part of our enviorment. Our family grave plot was there. blockquote>I called Bob Foard, a board member of the Brookview Cemetery Board in the summer of 2005. He assured me that the board was on top of things. The next spring when I heard the board was meeting, I asked for a chance to meet with them in March of 2006, and they graciously agreed. I invited Jane Wassmer to join me and her husband also was interested. We formed Friends of Brookview Chapel and Karen Crothers was appointed liason from The Brookview Board. We held meetings, Jane painted a picture as a fund raiser. We were off to a start to help save the chapel.At the Rising Sun Fireman's Carnival in 2006 we chanced off the painting making a total of $400.00 from all our donations. Than before I knew what was going on, Karen called a meeting , the painting was chanced off and we were told we had to disban since we didn't have the proper papers to continue.In 2006, Diane Eahrhart, pres. of RSHPC, asked me to back off and the commission would work on it.
JANE~~MARIAN "MIM"~~ Karen~~Karen's daughter behind the painting (she was a big help too!)
Jane, Karen worked dilligently to construct this beautiful scenario at the Rising Sun Fire Company Carnival. We were on our way! Little did we know we would be stopped "right in our tracks."
Down thru the yearsAs found in Rising Sun Herald, taken from OLDE NEWS, the article below was revived from "The Midland Journal" of Dec. 7,1900.
Thomas Kirk has erected a fine marble shaft on his lot in Brookview Cemetery.
Four interments were made in the cemetery last week, making a total of 22 to date.
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