The Cemetery fell into disuse and disrepair in the 1950's. The Mausoleum was vandalized and remains were stolen. 23 of 56 crypts had been used.
Charles Louer was the last person buried in the cemetery. He was a well known local farmer and levee commissioner. We baled hay and straw for Mr. Louer many times. My brother and I also worked on the levee with his hired man when we were in high school.
My dad related a story of attending a funeral there when he was a small boy. The man being buried wanted a band to play at his funeral, so the Columbia, IL Municipal Band came to do the honors.
It was nice to see the cemetery restored. Because it was overgrown for many years, I did not realize how big it was. Unfortunately, many grave markers were also broken off and stolen by vandals. Many of those graves are marked only by a concrete post. I am curious if there are records of burial locations.
The view of the Mississippi River Bottoms is spectacular. Early settler, Stephen W. Miles is said to have owned all the land in view at least in Illinois at one time. I was able to get a shot of one of our neighbors getting his land ready to plant soybeans.
|Miles Cemetery Marker|
|Charles and Muriel Louer Grave|
|Farming in the American Bottom|
|Miles Cemetery in the Center at Top of Bluff|
|James Garretson Grave|