Kimrey Cemetery History
Sugar Grove Twp., Section 19, Dallas County, Iowa
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A lovely timbered spot with large cedar and spruce trees plants years ago in the nature timber on the west knoll of a ravine four miles southwest of Minburn. To reach the area one must drive around the edge of a field to the west of the road. If there was a pioneer road by the cemetery it is not visible. It is across from John Hawbakers and now farmed by Dick McClure.
Adam Vineage settled in Dallas County in 1848 and in July 1848 his wife died. There was no cemetery here but they buried her in an old wagonbox in a crude grave.
Anther story comes from a Sugar Grove Twp. Trustee who said that it was reported that this cemetery was started in 1840's when an immigrant who was camping just to the west along the Racoon River below this knoll had children who became ill and died. They were buried there. The name was not known to him and if there were marble stones they are gone. The burial boxes were made from wood from their wagon.
There were also two bachelors named Mitchell who were elderly and they lived at the Dallas County (Poor Farm). When they died they were buried in the south-central area all by themselves. A stone is all there is, no names or dates.
Of interest to me were,
Laury & Flaury Kimrey, died Aug. 4, 1873 Age 9mo, 14 days. Why? I wonder.
This cemetery is maintained but the stones are in poor shape. It is a secluded quiet area. Beautiful.
Velma Renfrow, circa 1970's.
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