Stevens Cemetery Front Gate Signage
Six southern Schoharie County and northern Delaware County cemeteries (New York State) were visited on Traditional Memorial Day, May 30, 2018. I'm happy to report that our many ancestor's monuments located here remain in good shape. And all but one cemetery seem to be well-maintained by highly concerned caretakers. The single exception is Harpersfield Rural Cemetery (aka: Stevens Cemetery). Stevens Cemetery is found in a neglected state; whereas, it is apparent the grounds have not been mowed in 2018. Further, several mounds of autumn leaves are piled along the southern high rock wall fence, likely left there since late fall 2017. The good news here is that the several known U.S. Miltary Veterans interred at Stevens Cemetery all had an earned freshly placed new American Flag affixed to their graves. But the high grasses of this cemetery lawn fundamentally and disgustingly nearly cover these earned American Flags. This condition represents a high dishonor to those many Revolutionary War, Civil War, and various World War Veterans interred here.
Cemetery view from inside front gate, dated 30 May 2018.
Stevens Cemetery maintenance is supported by a significant endowment for perpetual care of cemetery grounds. The cited cemetery care endowment is presumed administered by some appointed competent authority, an authority who has failed in presumed cemetery oversight responsibility.
Marginal cemetery maintenance at Stevens is an ongoing problem noted over the past several years, but this year has reached a totally unacceptable level of neglect. The cemetery perpetual care administrators are respectfully and forcefully asked to take swift action to engage a more patriotic and care-minded paid cemetery maintenance crew. The current Stevens Cemetery maintenance situation is TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE! Simply put, for goodness sake -- a detailed cemetery lawn maintenance activity must be done about one week (+/- a couple days) PRIOR to Memorial Day!
Presented below are a few gravesite photos dated 30 May 2018. Note: The weed-eating noted was done by the post author using a limited battery-operated device on the morning of Traditional Memorial Day 2018.
Revolutionary Soldier Captain James Smith, his wife Mary Hubbard, their son Nehemiah and wife Hannah Guernsey and family.
Graves of Colonel Joel Mack and wife Susannah.
Revolutionary War Soldier James Smith Jr. and wife Elizabeth Shailer. James is the son of aforementioned Captain James and Mary Hubbard Smith.
DJ Paul, CWO4 (ret.)
United States Navy
German Flatts, NY, USA