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October 21, 2013

History comes alive

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Moving along, Cooper pointed out how the symbolism in the cemetery was mostly found in the shape of the stones rather than in religious signs. Urns and obelisks outnumbered crosses. This was because of the make-up of the early population in the area, which she said included many Freemasons and Oddfellows.

The history of the cemetery, Cooper said, was found through the pages of the Pioneer Association in the Ridgeway area. Settlers seemed to know enough to record their history, and keep it as detailed as possible, she noted.

One person of note buried at West Ridgeway Cemetery is Warren Towne, for whom the former Towne School was named. Cooper said he requested a grave site facing the road so he “could watch the traffic on Marshall Road.”

As the tour concluded, Historical Society President Reinhard Rogowski said he was impressed with the amount of participation. “This was a great turnout,” he said of the small crowd.

Rogowski added, “There are some great stories here, at least as many as in Boxwood Cemetery on the other side of town.

“Plus, there are connections, as one person found a relative today and another found his family’s plot,” he said.

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