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25 years ago: Tombstone tally completed by local volunteers

August 10, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Aug. 10, 1986:

  • Crime was slowing down at Kansas University. According to statistics released by KU’s police department, a total of 251 crimes had been reported on the Lawrence campus during the first quarter of 1986, down from 276 during the same period the previous year. The decrease couldn’t be pinned to any one reason, according to James Denney, director of KU police; however, he added, the decrease was reflective of nationwide trends.
  • In a project that was hoped to provide help to later historians and genealogists, a group of women had recently completed a “census of the dead.” Jean Snedeger, along with friends from the Douglas County Genealogical Society, had braved remote woods and pastures as well as the city-owned Oak Hill and Maple Grove cemeteries in order to compile a 390-page volume, “Complete Tombstone Census of Douglas County, Kansas, Volume I.” The book was to include more than 17,000 tombstone readings from the city-owned cemeteries as well as another 2,700 unmarked graves. Volume II, scheduled for the following March, was to include the remainder of the county’s 69 cemeteries and 29 private burial spots.


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