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                                                             Lawton Cemetery
                                                           Forest Township,  Richland County, Wisconsin  USA

                                             HERE THEY SLEEP Narrative


Catalogued May 22, 1975 by H. A. Dieter and Doug Chroninger. Located 3.6 miles north of Viola on Wis. 131 in section 6, Town of Forest. Wis. 131 turns sharply eastward at the northwest corner of Lawton, which is also the east and west county line between Vernon and Richland Counties. The old Kickapoo Railroad tunnel runs through the mound and under the highway but a few rods east of the cemetery. The old site of Elk Mound School, Joint District No. 17, appears directly west of 131 and the cemetery. The cemetery ground lies on a steep hillside facing west toward the highway. It is poorly kept, mainly because of the extreme pitch of the slope. There are at least 2 unmarked graves plus the 26 known burials. The first known burial was in 1865, the last in 1936.  It was reported that a workman was killed during the construction of the Kickapoo Railroad tunnel near by and was subsequently buried here at Lawton. The above data plus other statements and plat records received by one Harold Lawton, LaFarge, Wisconsin, was gratefully accepted as the final data on a burial ground that would otherwise have been largely incomplete.

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