Mayfield Cemetery Orion Township, Richland County, Wisconsin USA
Tales The Tombstones
Tell - Republican Observer - January 26, 1956
A Visit to Four Cemeteries
Pine River, Bovee, Ash Creek and Mayfield are the
names of four cemeteries along county trunk O in the towns of Richland
and Orion all within a distance of four miles. In these four burying
grounds rest many of the early settlers of the neighborhood.
Down the highway a mile or so you take a right turn
on a county road to another country cemetery. This one takes its name
from the Mayfield family, early settlers. David Mayfield and wife
located in Orion township June 20, 1845, and Green Mayfield, a brother,
in 1846, though he may have come with his brother in 1845. He served in
the Black Hawk War, enlisting when 14 years of age. He also served in
the Civil War. His son, Elijah, is buried in the cemetery, and the last
burial there up-to-date was a grandson, Asa.
On a stone in the cemetery is engraved: "We will
meet you and oh what shouting there will be."
George Drake, who for years ran a feed store in the
city, is buried there. Mr. Drake, we noticed would have been 100 years
old in 1955.
On a marker not far from the Mayfield lot was this
bit of verse:
"Although he sleeps, his memory doth live,
And cheering comfort to his
He followed virtue as his truest
Lived as a Christian, and as a
Some of the stones in the Mayfield cemetery are
engraved in German. These are for members of the Pauls family.
Like some of the other county cemeteries burials are
less numerous than they were years ago and there will come a time when
these little burial plots will be no longer used but around them will
still linger memories of the long, long ago.