The Clark County Genealogical Society wants to upgrade the Old Columbia Street Cemetery in Springfield, believed to be the oldest cemetery in Clark County, but city leaders say money is currently not available for the project. Genealogical Society Vice President Bob Hulsizer asked city commissioners at last week’s meeting to consider spending approximately $150,000 on the 211-year-old cemetery, which is owned and maintained by the city. It’s located on West Columbia Street, between Center Avenue and Wittenberg Avenue.
City officials are willing to work on the project. However, they say funding is limited due to budget restraints.
The Genealogical Society would like to hire a consulting company to locate all the graves at the cemetery and refurbish the tombstones, some of which date back to 1817. The Genealogical Society believes there are at least 150 to 200 graves, including those of numerous Revolutionary War veterans, but only about 110 of the grave stones remain.
You can read more in an article by Michael Cooper in the Dayton Daily News at http://goo.gl/DM9NCs.