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                                                    Ash Ridge Cemetery
AKA Putnam Cemetery
                                          Marshall Township, Richland County, Wisconsin  USA

  Tales The Tombstones Tell - Republican Observer - October 31, 1957

                                                     Ash Ridge Cemetery

    This small but well kept cemetery is located adjoining the Ash Ridge Baptist church on county trunk A, section six in the town of Marshall. Burials are not frequent these days but the plot is kept in good shape as all cemeteries should be. The Baptist church society was first formed here August 9, 1873, with only six members. Rev. N. L. Sweet was the pastor and meetings were held in the school house, district No. 3. Meetings were held there until 1877, when a log church, 20x28 feet was erected. Rev. George D. Stevens was the first pastor. A Sabbath school was organized in 1871. The church is still in operation after all these years. The pastor of the Richland Center Baptist church holds the services. A nice frame building took the place of the log building.
    Among those buried in the cemetery are William P. Baxter and his wife Victorine. Mr. Baxter was born in 1848 and died in 1916, and his wife was born in 1852. Buried close to them is Samuel Baxter, and his wife Bertha. Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Baxter were residents of Richland Center for a number of years. Mr. Baxter was at one time a member of the city council: a representative from the first ward. He was born in 1870 and died in 1939. Mrs. Baxter was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Fogo.
    Names upon the tombstones are Elliott, Ewing, Thornton, Fruit, Sandmire, Buck, Wanless, Talledge, Valenta, Donner, Hutton and Haines.
    Wallace Fogo and his wife Mary are buried here. He was born in 1848 and she in 1853. Both were natives of Ohio and came here from the Buckeye state and remained until their death. Mr. Fogo was a Civil War veteran.
    Squire Keys, another prominent citizen of that area to be buried in this cemetery, was born in 1860 and died in 1905. Joseph Berkshire, also a Civil War veteran, has a marker. He died, so his tombstone says, in 1900 at the age of 74 years, one month and two days.
    Richard Jones, born in 1847 and died in 1909, belonged to an Ohio regiment and served during the conflict between the North and the South. His wife, Asenath, born in 1850 and died in 1881, is buried by his side.
    George W. Putman and his wife Martha, at whose home the Ash Ridge Baptist church was organized back in 1873, are among those who rest in this burying ground. He was born March 24, 1826, and died March 4, 1899; his wife was born September 28, 1826. Mr. Putman owned a farm not far from the cemetery. He devoted much of his time in operating a nursery which he gave the name of Walnut Hill Nursery. Back in 1874 the farm consisted of 160 acres. The old Putman farm is now owned, we believe, by Lester Fruit.
    William Bergman, who was born in 1857, 100 years ago, is buried here. He died, according to his tombstone in 1911.
    The present church building is a neat frame structure and in it has been held the last rites of some those who found rest in the little cemetery adjoining.

S. F.

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