New Sign For Fackler's Grove Cemetery

On June 1, 2017 we installed a gate sign at Fackler's Grove Cemetery.  In the middle of the sign is a box holding pamphlets filled with information about the graves and the people who are buried there.

We had hoped to have the sign and pamphlet box installed by Memorial Day, but were not able to make it happen.  It was lovely to see that people had been there and left several floral tributes at various graves.

As stated elsewhere in this blog, the cemetery is located in the middle of private land, down a long lane. We thank Dennis Erenberger for allowing access to the cemetery.  Visitors should telephone 319-270-3836 to ask for permission to visit the cemetery.

We thank the Big Grove Township Trustees for their cooperation in this project and for making room in their budget for mowing the lane to the cemetery and the grounds.

Special thanks to our volunteers and our paid worker.

We thank the State Association for the Preservation of Iowa Cemeteries (SAPIC) for their grant money.  Also thank you to Ely's Town and Country Club for their generous donation, and to descendants of families buried in the cemetery who contributed funds.

We started renovation of the cemetery in the summer of 2013.  It has been a long process and we are pleased to report that it is winding down.  We still have some some gravestones to clean, but the major work is finished.

Clary and Barb are physically unable to re-erect the largest headstones (the main Fackler headstone, the Startzer headstone, and the Henry H. Vornholt headstone).  It would involve large equipment and is beyond our means.  Hopefully this can happen in the future.


Help identify

Hazel Green country school

This photo is from Vern and Kay Erenberger and shows children in front of Hazel Green School.  The Erenbergers recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.  Kay said that this is the first time they met.  Kay is the small girl on the left in the front row and Vern is the boy in the suit at the far right of the second row.  We could use some help with the identities of the other children.  Be sure to click the photo to enlarge it!


Identities needed

These photos of children in Ely were donated to the ECHS recently. We hope someone will be able to help identify them.

Please click on a photo to enlarge it.  If you can identify someone, please open your email, address it to HistoricEly@yahoo.com.  Go back to your browser & copy the link; paste the link into the email and then identify the child you know and his/her position in the photo.  (For example:  Photo #1 -  Name Surname - 3rd from the left in the back).  Thank you for your help!

Click each photo to enlarge it.

Photo #1

Photo #2
From Don Elias, who formerly lived in Ely, but now lives in Minnesota:  I believe these photos are not of "school children;" they are actually photos of "church children."  The background of these 4 photos is the present brick building that was used as a school for many years but I think the photos are of the children who attended Sunday School in the school building during the time when the old wooden structure of St; John's Lutheran Church was being torn down and replaced by a brick building.  I think this occurred about 1950.

Photo #2 has 4 young men in front who are (left to right)
Carl Jensen who now lives in Texas and whose family lived with their grandpa Monroe Hemingway
John Tessman (I think) about who I have no current information
Carl Klinsky who was the son of Willie and Stella Klinsky and he passed away at a young age
Gene Erenberger who the son of Milo and Rosemary Erenberger
In back is Martha Krob Phillips and Roger Trpkosh whose family lived with their grandma Lizzie Clark and also died young

Photo #3

From Don Elias:
Photo #3 has in the front row (left to right)
Larry Trpkosh who was the grandson of Lizzie Clark and died young
Joan Tessman 
Karen Clark who was the daughter of Andy and Grace Clark
Rita Becicka who was the daughter of Leonard and Viola Becicka
Mike Albaugh who lived with Forest and Ann Fuhrmeister
The back row has:
Lavina Nederhiser (I think)
Nargi Rayman Steinbrech
Marilyn Jensen Cook
Elaine Jensen (I don't know her married name - she had a clothing store in Solon many years ago)
Norman Rayman (I think)

Photo #4

From Don Elias:  Photo #4 -  I cannot identify the adult or any of the children except that the boy in the front row on the left looks like a Trpkosh.

Photo #5

From Don Elias:  Photo #5 - The 3 girls in front are
Joan Tessman (I think)
Rita Becicka 
Karen Clark
The boys in back are
Larry Trpkosh
Marvin Stastny who was the son of Hubert and Margaret Stastny 
Page Worley (although I don't ever remember him with that much hair) who was the son of John and Katherine Worley and later the husband of Shirley Worley. 
Norman Rayman (I think)
Denny (or Bruce?) Erenberger
Mike Albaugh