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Mount Ayr, Poe Township, Ringgold County, Iowa

  Rose Hill Cemetery is located along U.S. Highway 2 in the southeastern section of Mt. Ayr, Poe Township, Ringgold County, Iowa.

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When Rose Hill Cemetery was acquired it was covered with wild roses. The land, 25 acres in Section 7 of Poe Township and located on the southeastern edge of Mount Ayr, was used as a cemetery prior to its acquisition. Early interments were of Ella EVANS who died October 15, 1860; Albert ROMANS who died March 11, 1861; John DICKEY who died September 27, 1862; Alice ROMANS who died December 17, 1862; and Burnice BEALL who died November 12, 1862. There are probably other interments with no gravestones or markers.

G. N. SALES and his wife deeded 3 3/8 acres on May 28, 1863 to ten men: A. G. BEALL, Z. W. BEALL, D. C. KINSELL, G. T. YOUNG, C. ROMANS, J. T. WILLIAMS, Adam WARNER, Samuel DICKY, W. R. DENNIS, and Ith BEALL. It isn't know whether these men then donated the land to Rose Hill Cemetery, but it is believed that they did.

On May 5, 1882, Joel LIPES deeded 11 5/8 acres to Day DUNNING, probably at the time trustee of the cemetery. Joel JUDSON deeded 10 acres to Rose Hill Cemetery Association on December 8, 1891, making 25 acres.

Two African-Americans who resided at Lesanville were interred in Potters Field of Rose Hill Cemetery. These interments were George MURPHY who died in 1866, and Sam MURPHY who died in 1868. Another African-American interment was made in 1880. David MARSHALL, married to Sam MUPRHY's widow, and Sam MURPHY's daughter died of consumption and were interred at Rose Hill Cemetery. Legend is that when one of the African-American men died, a barber named Bill was called to shave the man for his burial. The man's family said that Bill stole the two quarters laid over the deceased's eyes.

SOURCE: LESAN, Mrs. B. M. Early History of Ringgold County: 1844 - 1937 Pp. 131-2. Bliss Pub. House. Lamoni, Iowa. 1937.



Twice-A-Week News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, October 13 & 16, 1914

At the annual meeting of the Rose Hill Cemetery Association the following officers were elected for the year ending October 1915; Mrs. J.O. FRY, president; Mrs. C.R. KEATING, vice-president; Mrs. Samuel BAILEY, treasurer; Mrs. D.B. MARSHALL, Mrs. H.H. WILSON, Mrs. J.C. FARIS, Mrs. W. MOORE and Margaret GIBBONEY, board of trustees.

Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, November 13, 2014, Pages 1 & 3

History of Rose Hill Cemetery recalled

[Editor's Note: This article was submitted to help Ringgold County residents become more familiar with the services that are offered by Rose Hill Cemetery. The article was originally written by Maxine Anderson, president of the Mount Ayr Rose Hill Cemetery Association, and was published in 1986. It has been updated by current Rose Hill Cemetery Association Bob Sickels.]

Records show Mount Ayr's Rose Hill Cemetery originated as a burial site and was incorporated in 1882. It was named Rose Hill because the area was covered with wild roses. The original burial grounds were approximately four acres, which is now the northwest section of the cemetery.

The land was sold by Nathan Sales to A.G. Beall, D.C. Shins, G.T. Young, S. Dickey, Wm. R. Dennis, J.W. Beall, Ith Beall, J.T. Williams, C. Romans and A. Warner. These men, according to records, sold this land for $50 to be used as a burying ground. Thus it was incorporated May 13, 1882 and named Rose Hill Cemetery Association.

In 1885 approximately eleven and a half acres of land were purchased by the cemetery association from Jori and Mary Lipes for the sum of $350.

In 1891, 10 more acres of land were purchased from Joel Judson for $750, making a total of 25 acres. Then in 1945 the association purchased another 10 acres from Will Kling for $1,500, making today's cemetery approximately 35 acres in size.

Within the cemetery there are two miles of road to maintain.

Today Rose Hill Cemetery is managed by a board of trustees, president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer. Officers are elected each year. Trustees serve a term of three years. The trustees elect the caretaker.

Rose Hill Cemetery is owned by the Rose Hill Cemetery Association, which actually means it is owned by the lot owners.

Money to operate the cemetery comes mainly from the City of Mount Ayr.

Each year a budget is submitted to the town council, and the Cemetery Association in turn is given a check quarterly for the amount allowed. There is also a perpetual care system. From each lot or space sold, a portion of the money goes into a perpetual care fund and the rest goes into a general fund. With a perpetual care system, the Association is allowed to spend only the interest money each year. The perpetual care fund has grown slowly because of a drop in the sale of lots and also the drop in interest rates. A number of lot owners have never paid into the perpetual care fund as they bought lots before it was established.

A general meeting is held each year in Mount Ayr in September, announced by a notice placed in the newspaper two weeks in advance of the meeting. The Association advertises for bids for a caretaker if there is an opening. The caretaker furnishes all equipment, fuel and labor and is responsible for grave digging and the selling of lots or spaces.

The cemetery board has several projects underway. One project is roads. There is very little money to finance a permanent road such as asphalt, so the board is trying to find some other alternative. So far no decision has been made as to how they will proceed.

Another project undertaken by the board is the repair of stones. Many of the older stones are toppling s foundations give way to Mother Nature and time. Stone repair is the responsibility of the lot owner; however, some apparently have no relatives or anyone left to care for their stones. The cemetery board is undertaking to fix 18-20 of these stones each year.

The Association would like to do more, but because of the financial crunch they are unable to do so. Replacement of these stones is at the discretion of the board, as it is impossible, costwise, to reset them as they were originally. No lettering or dates on the stones they reset are destroyed.

The cemetery board is a very conscientious, cooperative board [Page 3] with their main objective being to make a beautiful resting place for the deceased.

With the projects planned for the coming year and a shortage of funds, any donations or memorial gifts would certainly be appreciated and put to good use by your Rose Hill Cemetery Board.

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Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, December 18, 2014, Page 1

Rose Hill Cemetery plans new roadways

Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr is planning a major improvement in 2015.

According to cemetery board president Bob Sickels, two new sections of roadway are being planned in order to open new areas and aid in burials.

The total cost of the project is $15,600, and an anonymous donor has already pledged half that amount. Sickels said he is in the process of applying for grants, and the board is soliciting other donations to complete the project funding.

The city of Mount Ayr is assisting the board by offering material, equipment, labor and advice in the construction of the roadways.

Anyone wishing to donate or otherwise help with the project should contact board treasurer Deb Larson at 641-464-361 or Sickels at 641-234-0108.


Feature Name:
Rose Hill Cemetery
Feature Type: cemetery
State: Iowa
County: Ringgold
USGS 7.5' x 7.5' Map: Mount Ayr
Latitude: 404235N
Longitude: 0941350W

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Memorial Day at Rose Hill Cemetery, 2011



Rose Hill Cemetery Transcriptions
with links to gravestone photographs, obituaries, biographies, & family pages
for surnames
A - B    C   D   E - F    G   H - I
J - K - L   M   N - O - P   Q - R
S   T - U - V   W - X - Y -Z

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Rose Hill, Avenue of Flags, Memorial Weekend 2015
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