Wednesday, August 26, 2015

George Concklin Beautified the Bogart Cemetery in the 1920s

An article which appeared in the May 30, 1925 issue of the Sandusky Star Journal reported on George Conklin (sometimes spelled Concklin) and how he beautified the Bogart Cemetery in Perkins Township. This cemetery is now in a different location in Perkins, and is known as the Perkins Cemetery. George Concklin saw that the final resting place of several of his family members was in disrepair. He had a new road constructed from the main highway to the cemetery, at a cost of $800. Then he had nine new tombstones placed in the cemetery, and he placed a concrete curb around the family lot. George Conklin, a Civil War veteran, died on November 16, 1935, at the Ohio Soldiers' and Sailors' Home. He was buried in the Bogart Cemetery, which he had helped to improve.

A few years after the death of George Conklin/Conklin, the old Bogart Cemetery had to be moved, because of the U.S. Government purchasing several acres of land in Perkins Township, for the construction of a munitions factory, when America was just on the verge of entering World War Two.

The individuals who moved the cemetery must have recalled George Conklin's efforts, because in the new cemetery, there is a lot with several members of the extended Conklin/Concklin family, fenced in with a low concrete fence.

Thank you for your generosity to the cemetery in Perkins Township, Mr. Conklin!

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