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The Summit View Cemetery: A Year of Rejuvenation

 In All Church of God, CHOG, Great Lakes

By David Neidert

Leaves now cover the site of significant work in 2021 at the Summit View Cemetery. The year ends with upgrades and additions that are bringing new life to its neighborhood location. An almost forgotten resting place for Church of God pioneers and Gospel Trumpet workers in Anderson is now experiencing rejuvenation.

Several projects began at the conclusion of an archaeological survey by Ball State University archaeologist Dr. Kevin Nolan. As director and senior archaeologist for the university’s department, his BSU team used ground-penetrating radar for locating graves both known from records or those previously unknown. Once completed, it moved rejuvenation work into high gear.

Marking the cemetery historically with appropriate signage was the first major step. The Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources offers a statewide program for manufacturing standardized signs that identify Indiana’s past. Jeannie Regan-Dinius, director of Special Initiatives, coordinated with Church of God Ministries on creating two recognizable blue signs. These historic markers now welcome visitors at both the north and south entrances of the site.

Two additional efforts took place simultaneously: creating temporary headstones for unmarked graves and replacing the worn fence. Most children’s graves were unmarked, even though their locations were known via interment records. Several adults, too, needed identification. Temporary markers currently identify where these people are buried until permanent ones can be purchased and placed. The new fence also adds character to this site; a feeling of fresh attention and care for the 113-year-old locale.

An important element for historians and genealogists is telling the story of the cemetery and who is buried in this sacred ground. A book, The Summit View Cemetery: A Quiet Resting Place (KDP Amazon, May 2021) chronicles the cemetery’s creation, connection to the Gospel Trumpet and Old People’s Home, and provides simple biographies of those buried in this place. Available through Amazon, all proceeds for its sale are used for ongoing renovation projects.

When the snow melts in the spring and new leaves appear, the next major projects will be underway. Cleaning the headstones is vital for their preservation. Additionally, paving bricks will be placed at those headstones which are severely weathered or broken. These granite bricks will carry the person’s name, birth, and death dates.

The Madison County Cemetery Commission is pleased with the summer’s rejuvenation. They once considered the locale abandoned. With the upgrades made, the cemetery is again a place of honor for those buried in this quiet resting place.

Author’s note—This article updates the feature “Memorial of Another Kind: 112 Years and the Summit View Cemetery” published on May 21, 2020.

David Neidert is a retired faculty member from Anderson University who continues researching and writing in history and genealogy. He previously served a year as editor of the Church of God Historical Society’s newsletter. His extensive 2021 biography, I Am the Lord’s: The Story of Daniel Otis Teasley, His Impact on the Church of God, and His Disappearance from a Holiness Movement, is currently available through Warner Christian Resources.

Learn more about the Church of God movement at www.JesusIsTheSubject.org.

Feature (top) photo: The Summit View Cemetery following this year’s upgrades.

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