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                                                                         Booher Cemetery 
                                                                        AKA Summit Cemetery
                                                     
Forest Township, Richland County, Wisconsin  USA
     

                                           
Tales The Tombstones Tell - Republican Observer - February 14, 1957

    Perhaps there are fifteen to twenty cemeteries in Richland county that have long since ceased to be used for burial purposes. The tombstones lay upon the ground covered by grass weeds. Inscriptions upon the stones have become dim over the years and names, dates and verses worn by the elements so they are difficult to read.


                                                       SUMMIT CEMETERY

    Standing guard over a little burying ground in the town of Forest is a big pine tree which rears tall and green. This little cemetery is, we believe, called, Summit. A United Brethren church once stood in the shade of the tree and close to the final resting place of the early settlers of that area.

    The cemetery is in section 11, town of Forest. In 1874 it was on land owned by John Booher, now owned, we believe, by William Kintz of Richland Center. The little burying ground contains but three stones, though we are told some 10 or 12 people are buried there. The church building no longer stands and the cemetery is  quite hidden from view of passers by on the highway which stands some 100 feet away.

    Upon one stone is this inscription:
                  Elizabeth Hess
                 Died April 15, 1870
                       Aged 60 years
                     I am Going Home

    Upon another stone is this:
                   John A. Booher
                Died February 28, 1864
             Aged 39 years, 6 mo. 8 days

    The third stone simply says:
                Isaiah Booher
                 1855 - 1931

    According to the county history one of the first churches in the town of Forest was built on section 11 by the United Brethren denomination. This was prior to the Civil War, and is no doubt the one which later bore the name of Summit.

S. F.


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