Thank you to all of our members for contributing so
generously. We received more than $13,000.00 from over 320 members. A
list of current members as of October 11, 2016 is included with this
newsletter. If we have misspelled a name or forgotten someone please let
Sadly, Mr. Fred H. Otte, Mr. Elmond Houghtaling, Mr.
Walter P. Diesing and Mrs. Elizabeth A. Russell have passed away and we
send our sincere sympathy to their families and friends.
We remain grateful to our members not only for their
donations, but also for their comments. Most are regarding the beauty
and excellent maintenance of the cemetery and these are passed on to the
grounds staff. We receive changes of address notices and these are
shared with office staff so records are constantly updated. We receive
suggestions for newsletter articles and for projects. We receive the
occasional criticism and these are shared appropriately, acted upon and
answered. So please continue to send them.
Tree pruning is scheduled for this Fall and we hope
that several trees can be planted. If weather impacts the tree planting
plan then it will be postponed until Spring.
The United States and Military Service Flags will be
displayed at the cemetery entrance on Veterans Day. We are proud of our
country, grateful for our freedom and we pay tribute to all the men and
women who have kept us free and we honor those who still serve
In each newsletter we include an article about the
history of the cemetery and those who rest here. One of our members has
requested that we recognize the Tower Family. With additional research
provided by the office staff of the Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery and
innumerable internet searches Steven Mann has graciously provided us
with "An Unassuming Gentleman".
We continue as a volunteer group. Anything we purchase
is given to the cemetery. We remain grateful to the Staff of the
Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery. The office and the grounds staff assist us
with all of our projects in addition to performing all their cemetery
duties. We would not be able to pursue our activities without their help
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions
regarding the newsletter, projects or possible future activities for the
"Friends" please call Mellina Weiss at (845) 473-5540