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History of Valley View Cemetery

According to the history presented by Eunice Taylor Booher in 1937, this cemetery was established in the spring of 1895 on approximately 2 acres at the northeast corner of the Wm. H. Kennedy homestead.  

The earliest burial we now know about was Ida Blizzard Garnett, March 8, 1895.  That places the establishment of the cemetery before the Kickapoo opening. Exactly why the Kennedy's set aside this parcel for a cemetery remains an unsolved mystery, but we hope that the exploration of family relationships will uncover some clues. For several years, it served the community of Garnettville.  

Burials before Luther was founded in 1898 are clearly those of Garnettville families, but this list covers those through the 1900 census so that the census can be compared with land records to determine where families lived. 

Plot

 Name  

Spouse's Name

 Birth date   

 Death date

   

"Smith", Nannie E.   

Lewis Smith

 March 09, 1858   

 December 23, 1899

19

Blizzard, Ida   

Eugene Garnett

 December 07, 1862   

 March 08, 1895

   

Briscoe, Hattie Jane   

None

 August 19, 1878   

 July 10, 1900

   

Cole, Loren   

None

 June 1900   

 July 1900

   

Dial, John   

Lucinda Shell

 December 11, 1820   

May 29, 1899

   

Donnell, Bertha Mildred   

None

 July 10, 1897   

 June 20, 1899

   

Donty, Dora   

Unknown

 September 02, 1831   

 August 24, 1898

19

Garnett, Bert   

None

 January 30, 1895   

 July 20, 1895

6

Hamilton, Jessie   

None

 November 10, 1884   

 September 23, 1900

4

Hamilton, Little Eloy   

None

 August 22, 1891   

 September 16, 1897

   

Hand, Mary Josephine   

Lewis O. Briscoe

 September 05, 1877   

 January 26, 1899

3

Illy, Lucy   

Unknown Danor

 August 13, 1877   

 August 11, 1899

   

Jackson, Amanda E.   

None  

 August 16, 1877   

 March 23, 1897

   

Lowry, Daughter   

None

 November 24, 1896   

 November 24, 1896

   

Lowry, James W.   

None

 June 08, 1898   

 August 02, 1898

 5

Luster, Moses   

Rosanna Dial

 June 01, 1832   

 November 02, 1897

2

Markwell, Martha Shipley Thomas W. Markwell March 01, 1861

September 07, 1899

18

Morgan, Emma   

J. A. Blizzard

 July 13, 1868   

 November 01, 1895

   

Morgan, William J.   

Elizabeth Ladd

 1826   

 1899

26

Otey, Daughter   

None

 October 12, 1898   

 October 12, 1898

   

Perkins, Laurens   

None

 November 07, 1899   

 November 30, 1899

   

Phillips, James E.   

None

 October 18, 1896   

 1899

   

Ramsey, Son   

None

 November 18, 1897   

 November 22, 1897

10

Rogers, Belle   

George Gray

 January 13, 1872   

 April 09, 1899

   

Shipley, Martha B.   

Thomas W. Markwell

 March 01, 1861   

 September 07, 1899

   

Tomberlin, James M.   

Asenath Clark

 December 17, 1836   

 September 14, 1900

   

Vandaveer, Sarah Catherine   

John Briscoe

 May 08, 1848   

 January 18, 1900

   

Vorel, William V.   

None

 1873   

 March 25, 1896

31

Wadsworth, Ruby Alburtius   

None

 August 23, 1884   

 October 19, 1900

   

Walters, Flora   

None

 March 06, 1898   

 November 23, 1898

   

Welch, W. P.   

Lucy Ann (Unknown)

 November 21, 1840   

 October 21, 1896

   

Wells, Owen E.   

None

 October 20, 1897   

 June 24, 1898

 17

Wheeler, Amanda   

James Simmons

 1830   

 September 19, 1895

As Garnettville was absorbed by Luther, more families used this cemetery and photos that can be dated to late 1912 show the north fence being taken down for the first expansion into the adjoining homestead.  That expansion apparently extended to what is now the center driveway.

In the late 1920s, the area north of the center driveway was opened.  In the 1930s, the old fences were replaced by the current rock wall.  Responsibility for the cemetery itself was taken over by the city of Luther and it wasSeptember 07, 1899 renamed the "Luther Cemetery".

 

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