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HAGUE TOWNSHIP CEMETERY CLARK COUNTY SOUTH DAKOTA

Located N 1/2 - SE corner of SEC. 27, Hague Township

7 Miles west off Willow Lake and 1 and 1/2 miles north 

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            Hague Township Cemetery 

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This Cemetery was purchased by the Hague Township, from Benjamin Mcpeek in 1889, for $20.00, there were two acres involved in this transaction, but wasn't recorded until 1937. According to the grave markers the first burial took place in 1886, and the last in 1943, so there were burials before the land was purchased. 

There is a controversy going on, concerning the maintenance of this cemetery. The land for the cemetery was purchased in 1889 by the township from Benjamin Mcpeek, but now they are refusing to keep it up, the township supervisor has made the statement "let it grow to weeds." The cemetery was cleaned up and in 2001 and the county coordinator has kept it up until 2008, (without any assistance from any of the township board).                                                      

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Hague Town Ship Cemetery before cleanup                                Hague Town Ship cemetery after Cleanup 

                   

                     

 Hague Township Cemetery July 2, 2009 

This Cemetery was purchased by the Hague Township, from Benjamin McPeek in 1889, for $20.00 the amount of land bought was 2 acres. The first Burial took place in 1886 and the last was in 1943. 

Renovation of this Cemetery was started around 2000, and was completed in 2002. We maintained this Cemetery from the starting date until October, 2008, hoping the township would acknowledge there obligation, but as you can see, by the above pictures this didn't happen. The township refuses to do any thing, about taking care of the cemetery, and the supervisor made the statement " that he will let it t grow back to weeds", this might not all be true, because the commissioners have said they will spray for thistles.

 

There are rules and regulations that might  help in these situations, here, are just a few, 8-2-15. Regulation and maintenance of abandoned cemeteries. The township board of supervisors may regulate and maintain abandoned rural cemeteries within their township. The regulation and maintenance may include the mowing and cutting of weeds and grass, the repairing of fences and corrective measures relative to grave markers. Funds necessary to carry out the provisions of this section may be appropriated from the township general fund. The board of supervisors shall notify the board of county commissioners in writing that the board of supervisors will maintain an abandoned cemetery.
Source: SL 1993, ch 67.

 

7-26-6. Cemeteries subject to county maintenance. For the purposes of 7-26-7 the term "abandoned cemetery" means a cemetery, in which no burial of a human body has taken place for five years and which has not been, for a period of five or more years, maintained by any person, church, religious or benevolent society, or any civic organization.

8-2-15. Regulation and maintenance of abandoned cemeteries. The township board of supervisors may regulate and maintain abandoned rural cemeteries within their township. The regulation and maintenance may include the mowing and cutting of weeds and grass, the repairing of fences and corrective measures relative to grave markers. Funds necessary to carry out the provisions of this section may be appropriated from the township general fund. The board of supervisors shall notify the board of county commissioners in writing that the board of supervisors will maintain an abandoned cemetery.
Source: SL 1993, ch 67.

 

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Grave Sites:

Beckwith, Thomas(Ed) Born May 2, 1870 Died Dec 20, 1943

Gillis Mary A. Born Nov 11, 1839 Died March 1 1908

Hill, Archie E. Born Jan, 28 1908 Died Feb. 20 1908

Hill, Lucinda C. Born Dec. 7-1838 died June 27 1885--Wife of Daniel

Hill, Daniel Born - May 2 1834 Died February 19, 1905

Hill, Hollis Born - Jan 19, 1878 Died March 2, 1902 Son of Daniel

Johnson, Mary Born 1812 Died 1902--Wife of James

Moore, (Hill) Estella E. Born 1872 Died 1903 Wife of James-Dau. of Daniel Hill

Mudgett, Emily Born April -8-1855 Died May 4-1924 Wife of David

Mudgett, David Born Feb -17-1853 Died July 13-1932 Husband of Emily

Mudgett (Griggs)(Forrest) Jessie Bn. Feb 11 1863 Died Sept 16, 1928(Davids 2nd wife)(metal marker)

Sowles, Evland D. Born Dec 23 1868 Died Feb. Died July 30, 1886 -Sone of D. & M.

Troad, Norman Born Oct 22 1883 Died Feb 24 1893

Wulke, Walter Born March 23-1887Died March 23 1887 age 0 (died of whooping cough)

Youngberg, Baby Boy of Of  Oscar Youngberg -  Dec. 22 Circa 1915

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