Saturday, June 4, 2011

4th Quarter WIPCA Newsletter

Historic Pioneer Research Group
Construction Solutions performed a Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) scan of 4 locations in the Council Bluffs/Omaha region of Iowa & Nebraska on 22 October 2010. The 4 locations were picked by the Historical Pioneer Research Group. The locations were scanned in the following order: Galland's Grove, Leland Grove, Harris Grove and Summer Quarters. Using the GPR data we conclude graves are likely present at Galland's, Leland and Summer Quarters. Harris Grove was heavily populated with trees and the GPR data was inconclusive at this site.

Based on the prior research done by Historical Pioneer Research Group and the GPR data there is very strong evidence that 3 of the 4 locations are historical graves. At Galland's, Leland's and Summer Quarters there is evidence based with the GPR that there is soil disruption similar to that of graves.

GPR has been used extensively in the past for geological and archeological exploration and mapping; however, it has only been since 2001 that GPR had the capability to image shallow targets. The system used for this project has the ability to image targets to a depth of 15 feet with an accuracy of +2 inch. The 400 MHz antenna broadcasts a microwave energy pulse of less than 1/6th watt at a rate of 100 ns. This energy pulse is timed as it propagates through a material noting when a return pulse arrives. The time and strength of the return pulse is captured and analyzed and interpreted graphically.

Cemeteries revived by WIPCA in 2010

  • Galland's Grove, a.k.a. Holcomb, a.k.a Black Cemetery
  • LDS Site, Leland Cemetery
  • Baughman's Grove, (Twelve Mile Grove)
  • Grove Township/Manteno Cemtery
  • Mefferd/Cowan Cemeteries
  • Doyle Cemetery

Meaning of a Flag Draped Coffin
Have you ever noticed the honor guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the United States of America Flag 13 times? You probably thought it was to symbolize the original 13 colonies, but we learn something new every day!

The 1st fold of the flag is a symbol of life.

The 2nd fold is a symbol of the belief in eternal life.

The 3rd fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing the ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of the country to attain peace throughout the world.

The 4th fold represents the weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance.

The 5th fold is a tribute to the country, for in the words of Stephen Decature, 'Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.'

The 6th fold is for where people's hearts lie. It is with their heart that they pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

The 7th fold is a tribute to its Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that they protect their country and their flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of their republic.

The 8th fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day.

The 9th fold is a tribute to womanhood, and Mothers. For it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded.

The 10th fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of their country since they were first born.

The 11th fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies in the Hebrews eyes, the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob.

The 12th fold represents and emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the Christians eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.

The 13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding them of their Nations motto, 'In God We Trust'.

After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the Sailors and Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for them the rights, privileges and freedoms they enjoy today.  There are some traditions and ways of doing things that have deep meaning.

In the future, you'll see flags folded and now you will know why. Share this with the children you love and all others who love what is referred to, the symbol of 'Liberty and Freedom'.

A very special person left our family, Phyllis Wilwerding Heller.

She is survived by her husband, Roger Heller of Defiance, IA; her children: Jannette (Bob) Bogler of Harlan, IA; Janet (Jeff) Theulen of Defiance, IA; Kenneth (Christiane) Heller of Killeen, TX: and 7 grandchildren; her brothers and sisters; Richard (Shirley) Wilwerding of Harlan, IA; Ivo (Darlene) Wilwerding of Westphalia, IA; Norma (Marvin) Jablonski of Omaha, NE; Jolene (Ed) Blum of Panama, IA; Duane "Bud" (Sandy) Wilwerding of Omaha, NE; Judy (John) Thraen of Earling, IA; Jane Wilwerding of St. Louis, MO; Carol (Don) Eagle of Dallas,TX; Larry (Sharon) Wilwerding or Omaha, NE. Pauley Jones Funeral Home - Harlan is handling arrangements.

Roger & family know that you are in our prayers today and always. Phyllis was a great asset to our organization, even though it was so short. God has welcomed you Phyllis with open arms and holds you in his comfort for eternity. God Bless.

Galland's Grove RLDS Branch
The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS) was formally organized April 6, 1860 under the leadership of the son of the founder, Joseph Smith, III. There were many LDS members in southwest Iowa in the 1850's and 1860's, joined by others returning from Utah. Between two and three thousand of these joined the "RLDS" Church in the early 1860's to 1875, the time period these branch records cover. The church is now known as Community of Christ. Branch records courtesy of Community of Christ Archives. For further history and information, see web page: . This includes a list of all recorded members to about 1875.  For membership records research contact:

Galland's Grove RLDS branch was also known as the Manteno branch. It was organized 21 October 1859, perhaps by John McIntosh after a visit by RLDS missionaries W.W. Blair and Edmund Briggs that summer. Willam Van Ausdall was the first President. They met in a log church, also used as a school, until 1881 when a chapel was built. The branch held its last meeting in 1931 and the land sold in 1995.

There is a memorial marker on the road in Grove Township where it was.

Ramblings from Your Vice-Chair.....
A new year will soon be here and I have been reflecting on this past year and all that WIPCA has accomplished. We should all feel proud with our first year of organizing WIPCA into a viable organization that will ensure the care of our ancestors' and their memorials no matter where they rest. Thank You!!

We have made great strides in bringing to the forefront the neglect that some of the cemeteries in Shelby and Harrison countris but there is still so much to do ahead of us.

Thank you for a great 2010 - her's to 2011 as we keep moving forward to ensure the care of our ancestors' memorials wherever they may be at rest. Respectfully, Lynn

I hope as an organization WIPCA can set in 2011 the following goals:
Secure our 501(3) c status as a nonprofit orgainzation
Establish a dialog with our local and state representatives and bring to their attention with facts the need to maintain and care for all cemeteries in western Iowa equally.
Continue to press on with the clean-up and repair days with the hope that at some point in the fture our politcal representatives will acknowledge that all cemeteries need to be cared for equally.
Increase our membership as I believe that there is strength in numbers and therefore will give WIPCA the credibility to accomplish the goals above.
As WIPCA grows, I hope we can establish subcommittees that will directly work on issues such as:
  • cemetery evaluations which would include platting and photographic documentation; notation of memorials that need repair, trees that need removal, fence repair, etc.  This information will be of utmost importance when meeting with our political representatives to present our organization's goal that all cemeteries in western Iowa are cared for equally;
  • formal meetings with our political representatives;
  • probing and recovery of lost memorials;
  • repairs to borken memorials;
  • clean-up events;
  • signage;
  • marketing/expanding our membership beyond Shelby and Harrison counties;
  • educating the public on the importance of remembering our ancestors (genealogy) by meeting with groups; 4-H clubs, Boy and Girl Scout groups, booths at fairs, etc.

  • We will be having our first annual meeting January 8, 2011 starting at 1 p.m.
  • We will watch our cemetery video's on the Public Television station starting at 1.
  • We will then have a meeting from 2 -4 p.m. and discuss our events for the 2011 year. Some topics of discussion: By-laws, Memeberships, Future Cemetery Projects, Cemetery Historical sites tours.

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