Storm of 1902
Sunday evening, October 12, 1902 between 6 and 7 o'clock, a terrible
storm swept through the southern and eastern parts of Quincy and Adams
County, almost destroying Greenmount Cemetery. The storm was first referred
to as a hurricane, but later newspaper accounts talked of cyclonic winds.
Greenmount Cemetery suffered extensive damage. No
part of the cemetery escaped the fury of the violent winds. Of the hundreds
of soft maples, cottonwoods, birches, oaks, pines, etc - at least 500
of them in all that made Greenmount one of the most attractive cemeteries
in this area - none escaped either total or partial destruction. It
will take a hundred years to replace some of the grand oaks that were
destroyed. The ground throughout the cemetery was
covered with twisted tree trunks and branches. It was almost impossible
to walk ten yards in a straight line before the path was obstructed.
Scores of tombstones were overturned, but not a single stone could be
found broken. Flowers placed on the graves by loving family members
were scattered over the grounds. Hanging in the broken trees were a
piece of matting, a child's dress, materials from houses, fences and
barns to the west and many other things.
Greenmount Cemetery heavly damage of fallen trees
and over turned headstones.
The Rev. J. C. Kramer, whose Salem congregation is largely from
the southern section of Quincy, was out bright and early the day after
the storm, visiting the unfortunates and doing all he could to care
for them. The damage to Greenmount Cemetery touched the pastor's heart.
The destruction to the beautiful grounds, in which he has laid to final
rest so many of his people, affected him deeply.
The white Italian marble, "Peace", possibly the finest
example of the sculptor's art in the city, was not damaged. It stands
on a pedestal over the grave of Michael
von Kukemezey, a major of the Hungarian army, who died here
The column nine feet in height that stood on a pedestal
over the grave of Rev. Simon Kuhlenhoelter,
pastor of Salem church, who died in 1882 , was blown over by the winds.
The monument and the stone coping around the lot cost Salem congregation
$ 3,000. The monument can be replaced at a small cost and with no damage.
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