Ed Hood has always loved the old Sales Cemetery in Pottawatomie Township.
After a career in the military, Hood and his family retired to the rural area just off the Flush Road, southwest of Westmoreland. He cleaned up the old cemetery, helped maintain it over the years, buried his sister-in-law there in 1993, and always assumed he and his wife would one day be buried there, as well.
A newspaper story put a crimp in Hood’s plans for eternity, however.
“I’m sorry I didn’t do what I should have done, but you don’t think about dying until it gets closer,” Hood told Pottawatomie County Commissioners Monday. “And then I saw that newspaper story and, wham, all of a sudden it became a real important issue to us.”
The newspaper story reported on a resolution adopted Aug. 1, by the county commission, discontinuing the sale of lots in nine older cemeteries maintained by the county ... including Hood’s beloved Sales Cemetery.
“I’m not against what you want to do, it’s my stupidity,” an emotional Hood told commissioners. “It’s not my cemetery, I know, but it is, but it won’t be if I don’t get in there.”
You see, even though Hood drives past the cemetery regularly, and spends a considerable amount of time keeping the grounds looking nice, he neglected to purchase cemetery plots for himself and his wife and, perhaps, the husband of his deceased sister-in-law, who has since remarried.
Inadequate records of grave locations, as well as poor road access prompted the commission to adopt the resolution discontinuing the sale of lots in the nine cemeteries. The resolution states that only persons owning existing lots, or their family members, may now be buried in the cemeteries.
Other cemeteries included in the resolution are Beulah Cemetery and Cedar Hill Cemetery in Clear Creek Township, Cholera Cemetery, Louis Vieux Cemetery and Poor Farm Cemetery in Louisville Township, Old Westmoreland Cemetery in Pottawatomie Township, and Oak Grove Cemetery in Union Township.
After listening to the story, the county commission instructed County Counselor John Watt to amend Resolution 2011-45, allowing the sale of four lots in Sales Cemetery — at the normal price of $1 each — to Ed Hood.