We at The RIPS have taken on a major clean up effort of one of our favorite cemeteries that we do many investigations of. The owners have given The RIPS exclusive permission to do any investigations at any given time that we find the need or compelled to do. We feel that this is one major way in giving back to this elderly couple that own this cemetery, we know that they are very appreciative in what we are trying to do here in helping to take off the load of the upkeep in this sacred place of burial.
This cemetery has been a major concern of theirs and since they are no longer able to go out there themselves anymore to keep this place from being forgotten. We do hope to make this a regular event that we do take on every year. And our goal here is to preserve any forgotten graves and to make it possible then after for people to actually visit any of their significant loved ones or ancestors who might be buried out there. We know that our "spirit" friends that have gotten so accustomed to our visits will therefore be very appreciative also.
We are hoping to document the progress of this undertaking that The RIPS have taken on.
Our first scheduled clean - up out at Hadleys Cemetery was a huge success. The cemetery was very overgrown more then we expected to find this in as bad of shape. Much to our surprise we were able to meet the Chief City Shooters Club members who were out using their clubs shooting range at the time, which is in front of this cemetery. They couldn't begin to thank us enough for taking on such a huge task of cleaning up the cemetery. A very great bunch of guys that are involved with that club..... and all expressed their gratitude also. Now they have met The RIPS and know that only us have exclusive rights to be out there at Hadleys Cemetery at any given time. They were all so excited to hear about and to know that we have gotten alot of activity in the cemetery that adjoins their very own property, and all expressed high interests in checking out our website too. It was a very productive day for us all.
Following are some pre clean - up pictures so that you can see just how sad and neglected this cemetery has gotten. Prior to our departure out there we spoke with the owner and she was so thrilled and so thankful that The RIPS were going to take on this task for her and her dearly departed that are buried out there. It is just so sad, but we are happy that we are able to give back to them for allowing us to have full run of their cemetery.
Member Chris just reflecting here ......... down at some poor soul.
This is what condition we found the cemetery in when we arrived out there. After all none of us have ever been out to this cemetery during the daytime. We know that this will probably take several trips out there, and several given up Sundays for this cause, but it will be so well worth our efforts though in the long run. It is so overgrown that alot of the tombstones aren't even visible, and there are alot of dead trees that have fallen since we have been out there last fall too. as seen in the picture below.