Salem Twp. road chief patching up cemeteries
FRANKLIN SQUARE — A Salem Township cemetery which dates back to the mid-to-late 1800s looks a little neater now, with toppled tombstones back in place.
“That cemetery looks the best it has looked in 20 years,” Salem Township Trustee Bill Heston said.
Heston reported on the progress made by Road Foreman Jason Entrikin to repair broken stones and stand up stones that were knocked over at what’s known as the English Lutheran Burger Church White Church Cemetery, located at the corner of Lisbon-Canfield Road and St. Jacob-Logtown Road.
The township is responsible for caring for this cemetery along with three others, Hart Cemetery on state Route 45, Franklin Square Cemetery on Salem Grange Road, and a cemetery on McCracken Road.
Heston said Entrikin did an excellent job and plans to also install a flag pole. He’s also doing some work at the Franklin Square Cemetery.
According to Heston, someone did some research and installed the cemetery stone sign, which has the name of the cemetery on the front and a history of the cemetery on the back, along with the names of all who are buried there. The sign is visible from Lisbon-Canfield Road. The sign notes that the land for the cemetery was donated in 1840 by Conrad Worman and the church associated with the cemetery had split with the St. Jacob’s Reformed Lutheran Church.
The English Lutheran Burger Church White Church Cemetery is listed on findagrave.com as the White Church Cemetery in Franklin Square, Columbiana County. One of the occupants, Samuel Burger, who died in 1887, was one of the Columbiana County Commissioners when the present courthouse in downtown Lisbon was built, according to an entry on the findagrave website.
A lot of the names of the departed at the cemetery are likely familiar to many in the area, including the names Halverstadt, Worman, Teegarden, Groner and Burger.
In other business, trustees agreed to accept the mowing proposal of Hinten Landscaping of Leetonia to do mowing in the township. Trustee Ray Heddleson said they need to get in touch with Hinten to start mowing before the grass gets out of hand.
Trustee Chair John Wilms reported being contacted by a resident on Conkle Road who drives a semi and requested trustees widen the turn onto Conkle Road from Salem Grange Road. He said he can’t make the turn with the truck. He told Wilms he got permission from property owners for the widening, but Wilms said they’ll need something more definitive. He suggested they all go look at it first before deciding what to do.
Trustees also approved the purchase of 1600 tons of stone from LaFarge of Cleveland at a price of $31.45 per ton for the township’s chip and seal program. Entrikin said previously that township roads on the chip and seal list include sections of Butcher, Jersey Ridge, Perry Grange and Lisbon-Canfield.
Township Constable Dan Valentine reported that he contacted the postal service about delivering mail to the township administration building. He had reports of people getting mail returned to them that they were trying to send to the township because of a wrong or unknown address.
Now there’s a mailbox on the property. Valentine said residents can send correspondence to the township at 37638 state Route 558, Leetonia, Ohio 44431 or they can send to Salem Township, P.O. Box 317, Washingtonville, Ohio 44490, which is monitored by Fiscal Officer Dale Davis.
The next meeting of the trustees is 7 p.m. April 27 at the administration building off of state Route 558.