Archive for Monday, April 4, 2011

100 years ago: Boys pay tribute at grave of forgotten soldier

April 4, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 4, 1911:

“On one of their recent hikes the Lutheran Boys League visited the old forgotten cemetery along the Santa Fe about two miles west of town. The burying ground is almost concealed in a neglected clump of trees and underbrush, and is remembered by only the earliest Lawrence pioneers. It covers about a half acre of ground and still had fifteen stones standing. Several sunken places indicate where bodies have been removed and transferred elsewhere. There is in this cemetery the grave of a soldier which has probably not been remembered on Decoration Day for years. The soldier was Robert L. Hughes, a member of the 1st Reg. Kansas Volunteers who died in 1862. The Lutheran boys formed a military file around the grave and planted their own tiny emblem of the stars and stripes on its sunken surface. Every year they expect to carry baskets of flowers out to the grave on Decoration Day as a mark of honor they feel is due a member of the 1st Reg. of Kansas Volunteers who heard his country’s call and obeyed that call.”


FlintlockRifle 6 years, 11 months ago

Does anyone know where this is located, maybe west of Iowa on K.U????

Sarah St. John 6 years, 11 months ago

I was wondering that very thing when I found this item. I am not sure what was considered the western edge of town in 1911, but taking that into account, I tried looking along the RR track (with Google satellite view) but no luck. If anyone knows the fate of this little burial ground, I'd love to hear it. Did it get covered up in a later development? (Maybe around the area of Kasold?) Is it still there, but on someone's private property now? Is it the little graveyard near Henry T's?

KS2004 6 years, 11 months ago

p> lists a Robert L. Hughes (died 1862) as being buried in Adams Cemetery. There appears to be an Adams Cemetery in Eudora (, and also in the Wakarusa Township ( I'm not sure if they're referring to the same cemetery, or of the exact location of the Wakarusa Township site. You may want to ask one of your photographers, who submitted a photo of a Union soldier's gravestone in Adams Cemetery (, where it was taken. Hope that helps.

Brian Hall 6 years, 11 months ago

I'm pretty sure it's the Adams Cemetery just north of Michigan and Riverridge. LJWorld did a small article about it (and other forgotten or lost cemeteries) four years ago. I've always wondered since that cemetery is owned by the school district, is it accessible to the public? I know it's hard to get to. I tried once but all I found was angry looks from the neighbors.

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