Heritage, Volume 14, Number 2, Spring 1996 Page: 14
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PARKER COUNTY GROUP fENCES IN HISTORY WITH DEDICATED EFFORTS
By Alice Henry
he attacks come about three
times a year, according to the
Weatherford Police Department.
Vandals usually strike at night,
knocking down monuments and breaking
statuary, kicking over headstones, and spray
painting graffiti on any blank surface. The
victim? Weatherford's historic cemetery
just northeast of the downtown square.
The reasons the City Greenwood Cemetery
falls prey to vandals is its isolation,
lack of lighting, and easy accessibility. There
is no fence along the two sides of the facility
that border city streets, allowing pranksters
or vandals to walk in unobserved or even
drive vehicles among the graves. Worried
that desecration of the cemetery would
only get worse, in 1994 a group of con
cerned citizens banded together to raise the
money for a fence, lighting, and gates to
protect the final resting place of such wellknown
Texans as Oliver Loving, Governor
S.W.T. Lanham, Samuel Redgate, Bose
Ikard, and Mary Martin.
Bill Warren, a member of the
Weatherford Parks Board, and Shay
Buttolph, a director of Weatherford
14 HERITAGE *SPRING 1996
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