Terry Kelly, Township Board; Helen Wildermuth, Stonehuggers; Joe Petykowski, Palatine Historical Society Board
For the second year Stonehuggers of Indiana has been here to work on cemetery restoration at Cady and Hillside Cemeteries. A lot of fantastic work has been done to improve broken, tilted, and worn stones. There is still more to be done next year. The money for this project comes from more than one place. The township owns five cemeteries and therefore money must be budgeted to landscape them and keep them in good shape. The Cady Questers of Inverness raised money for a new fence and some of the work on Cady. The Historical Society has been raising money for the last 19 years through our cemetery walks every May. Those funds always go to fix the old stones from Hillside that have no family here any longer. This year brought many stones needing work so extra funds were raised to help. Following are some photos of the workers from Stonehuggers from both cemeteries this year.
The Stonehuggers team came to Palatine the last week in September. They started work at Cady. Unfortunately they worked in the rain and then the mud the first few days. Ruben Cuellar went out there to take some photos of the work for the website. A good number of the stones were cleaned with water only. They were then put back into bases, some new, and the pieces were cemented together. When finished the stones look like new again. Wooden tripods are used to hold up tall columns while they are being worked on.
Part of the stone is still not attached and was partially broken. The dark stains are from lichen and cannot be totally removed with only water. No chemicals are used on these stones.
The sections of the township circled in green are the groves of trees. The tiny squares are fields already farmed in the late 1830’s. The rest of the land is prairie. The blue patches are swamps with the exception of the far right side. That is Salt Creek with its bottom overflown.