State map pinpoints graves

By BOB JOHNSON
Register City Editor

A letter and map Gary Brand of Carlyle received from the Kansas Historical Society apparently proves that there is a cemetery at the southeast corner of the old Allen County Poor Farm property.
In the letter, Robert Hoard, state archeologist, said that the cemetery, in the southeast corner of the property and just off old U.S. 169, was an archeological site and that the unmarked graves were protected by state law. The topographical map clearly shows the cemetery site.
Paul Upshaw also brought to the Register information confirming burials at the cemetery. Upshaw said recent conversations with his uncles, Harvey and Ralph Upshaw, recalled the two helping with burials. They mentioned a John Wood and Oscar Benson as having been buried there.
Joan Farmer reminded the Register that after the Poor Farm’s closure and before its purchase by Allen County Community College, Les and Trudy Barnett operated a foster home for boys there.
The Poor Farm dates to the 1870s. The main building was destroyed by fire in 1933 and a new one, with separate wings for men and women, opened in October 1935. The college purchased the farm for its agriculture program in 1972.
Brand, a Carlyle Township Board member, has been involved in efforts to recognize the cemetery there.
County commissioners on Tuesday opted to hire David Allen, rural Mildred, to build metal crosses for the site to replace wooden ones recently removed. Allen’s great-grandfather, John Newton Watson, is buried there.
The Carlyle Township Board or a committee designed for the purpose will keep the cemetery mowed and presentable, commissioners decided.