Archive for Monday, June 17, 1996

CEMETERY SOUN OFF

June 17, 1996

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There appears to be a little cemetery by Henry T's Bar & Grill, between it and the car wash next door. What's the history behind it?

Steve Jansen, director of the Watkins Community Museum of History, offered the following recap of Davis Cemetery:

The plot was set aside for members of the G.H. Davis family, which started the farm two miles west of town in 1863.

George Burt, a New Hampshire resident, moved to Lawrence on Aug. 20 of that year to became a partner in the farm.

Quantrill's raiders killed Burt the next day, and he was the first person buried on the small plot.

Henry T. Davis later purchased the entire 160-acre farm. The bar and grill, at 3520 W. Sixth, today bears his name.

The cemetery's nine plots continue to attract curious looks from visitors to the bar and grill and to the Raco Westridge Car Wash, 3530 W. Sixth.

"People ask about it all the time," Jansen said. "It's in the middle of suburbia, but it's hard for people to realize that up until the 1950s or 1960s, that was all farmland."

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