For link to Phase 2 of this project CLICK HERE
Note: I created a webpage to keep everyone updated on the markers project
Click here for latest updates
On December 1, 2005 a group of my T&T Newsletter Readers set out on a project to restore the broken Confederate Veteran markers located in the northwest corner of Rose Hill Cemetery at Ardmore, Oklahoma. I have pictures of 77 markers needing replaced (see picture below). There may be some markers in the Veterans section that are missing and hopefully we can continue the project to install new markers after the broken ones are replaced. We know this will be a lengthy project but hope it is completed by Veterans Day, November 11, 2006.
I am estimating it will take about $20 to make a marker from scratch.... 24 inches tall, by 10 inches wide, by 2 inches thick. The markers will be reinforced with cattle panel wire and set on a 3 inch wide concrete base to a depth of about 3 or 4 inches deep in the ground.
I have created thumbnails of about 75 markers needing replaced. You can see the markers in each row that needs replaced by clicking on the links below. We will start by replacing the markers in the worst condition first. Just click on a thumbnail to view the larger photo.
Row 1 * Row 2 * Row 3 * Row 4 * Row 5 * Row 6 * empty * Row 8 * Row 9 * Row 10 * Row 11 * Row 12 * Row 13 * Row 14 * Row 15 * Row 16 * Row 17 * Row 18 * Row 19 * Row 20 * Row 21 * Row 22 *
Also Doug Williams is helping with the setting of the new markers on a concrete base and taking those markers to the cemetery for placement. Doug has created a webpage to show the progress of setting the markers at the cemetery. Doug Williams' Pictures
Next is the slow process of finding the missing info using burial and funeral records or online genealogy databases. You may need to click your Refresh Button to see the most current information:
Rows 1 - 3 - updated 11/05/06
Rows 4 - 6 - updated 11/05/06
Rows 7 - 12 - updated 11/05/06
Rows 13 - 18 - updated 11/05/06
Rows 19 - 25 - updated 11/05/06
Folder containing photos of markers. Click Here
List of markers replaced Click Here
This is an overview photo of the Confederate Veterans Section. Click Here
There are around 425 people buried in Rows 1 through 25 of the Confederate Veterans Section of Rose Hill Cemetery.
As an added note, many of the Civil War veterans buried in this section of Rose Hill cemetery spent their last days at what was called the Oklahoma Confederate Veterans Home or the "Old Soldiers Home" back in those days. Today we know it as the Oklahoma Veterans Center located on South Commerce (phone 580-223-2266). The Oklahoma Confederate Veterans Home was opened in 1911. In 1949 the name "Confederate" was dropped. Here are some pictures of the veterans home in Ardmore.
Grand opening of the Confederate Home circa 1911. Click Here
This photo was taken on Veterans Day Nov 11, 2003 Click Here
A bird's eye view of the Oklahoma Veterans Center. Click Here
Also there is an excellent website maintained by Ardmoreite Rick Wallace with just a ton of info and history on the Oklahoma Veterans Home. Rick even has webpages listing many of the residents of the Home starting when the Home was first established. Rick Wallace has done an extraordinary job at gathering this invaluable info and putting it on the web for all to research. Rick Wallace's Website
In my November 30, 2005 newsletter I announced the start of the project and asked for pledges. Doug Williams and myself will volunteer our time to the making of these markers. All donations will be used to the actually purchase of the materials needed for making the markers. Below is a list of those who have pledged $20 or more to help build new markers.
PO Box 11
Ardmore, OK 73402
Pledges (in order received):
Lee Coffey Junction City, Kansas 100.00 (5 markers) Jim & Bunny Ragland Ardmore, Oklahoma 20.00 Jim Dyer Springer, Oklahoma 60.00 (3 markers) Doug & Scheryl Williams Ardmore, Oklahoma 20.00 Butch Bridges Ardmore, Oklahoma 20.00 Grover Wells Ardmore, Oklahoma 20.00 Julie Riggs Oklahoma City 20.00 James Singleterry Oklahoma City 20.00 Edna Montgomery Tecumseh, Oklahoma 20.00 Linda Wagner Bayfield, Colorado 200.00 (10 markers) Ernest Martin Ardmore, Oklahoma 40.00 (2 markers) Juanita Tate Ardmore, Oklahoma 200.00 (10 markers) Terry and Debbie Moore Springer, Oklahoma 40.00 (2 markers) Bill and Nita Heaphy Camano Island, Washington 20.00 Glenda Willmon Duncan, Oklahoma 20.00 Carrol Evans Dallas, Texas 40.00 (2 markers) Tommy Harris Ardmore, Oklahoma 50.00 (2 markers) Jerry and Deborah Harris Ardmore, Oklahoma 100.00 (5 markers) Anonymus Oklahoma 20.00 Ardmore DAR Ardmore, Oklahoma 525.00 (26 markers) Anne Tate Boland Houston, Texas 20.00 In Memory of - - - Victoria Rosser Paul San Angelo, Texas 500.00 Jack Freeman Springer, Oklahoma 10.00 anonymous New Mexico 100.00 William and Ruby Roberts Ardmore, Oklahoma 100.00 Patricia Ivey Robert Lee, Texas 100.00 Stephen Hazelton Garland, Texas 40.00 Gail McDaniel Victorville, California 60.00 In Memory of Jim Harper Ardmore, Oklahoma 100.00
Total pledges to date: $2,585.00
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This webpage created December 1, 2005