Roadside Burial Plot
Orion Township, Richland County,
The Tombstones Tell -
Republican Observer September 15, 1955
Down on Oak Ridge there is a forgotten cemetery of
which little is known. It is a small plot located near the Stibbe farm
at the junction of two town roads, one coming up from Hoosier Hollow
where it join the main ridge road. One would not notice the three or
four tombstones standing or laying there. So obscure is it and so far
forgotten that relatives of those buried there "had never heard about
it" until told a number of years ago by the writer of this article of
its location. A tall hickory tree stands as a marker for the spot.
One of the stones, which now leans up against a
fence post reads:
"Jasper W., son of A. M. and M.
A. Breneman, died,
Dec. 30, 1874, aged 4
months and 18 days."
The little boy was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony
Breneman who will be well remembered by older citizens of this area.
Another child is buried in this little spot. A grandparent also sleeps
away the years "where the cross roads meet." Strange how folks
become separated, with two children buried on Oak Ridge, Mrs. Breneman
and her son Mart, are down in the Indian Creek cemetery near the
village of Orion, yet Mr. Breneman was laid to rest in the Richland
Center cemetery where a flag flies over his grave on each Memorial Day.
Anthony was a Civil War veteran. We knew him well.
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