Eagle Scout Creates Directory at Osawatomie Cemetery | Local News
OSAWATOMIE – Chase Homrighausen’s Eagle Scout Project at Osawatomie Cemetery is a project that will likely benefit families for years to come and help preserve local history.
Chase has created a directory that will help family members locate the graves of loved ones buried at the cemetery. The directory is complete with protected mounted filing cabinets, a map showing the location of 12 separate areas and a large sign, all located inside the cemetery shelter.
Chase said he first came up with the idea for the project when he was 13 and his uncle came up with it. He never forgot those words as he continued his Scouting career with Scout Troop 106 in Osawatomie.
When it came time to select an Eagle Scout project, Chase knew exactly what he wanted to do. He first pitched the idea to the Osawatomie City Council last year, and city officials were thrilled.
He then began working with staff at Osawatomie City Hall, where the city’s limited records of the cemetery were kept. Chase quickly realized that there were many missing graves in the registers, so he began the arduous task of manually entering the name on each grave.
With the help of his mother, Jamie, and a few other volunteers, Chase walked through each row of the cemetery and typed more than 5,100 names into a laptop.
These names were printed on sheets of paper, which were then placed in protective binders. Names are listed alphabetically by surname, and visitors can use a specific system to find a grave. Each name is followed by an area and row number which will guide visitors to the tomb. An accompanying zone map helps illustrate locations. Veterans are marked with an asterisk.
The display at the cemetery includes two sample names, each special to Chase. Leona “Sis” Dennis is Chase’s grandmother, and Harold Dean “Bud” Fouts is a veteran whose lawn Chase used to mow.
The names were last updated Oct. 4, but Chase showed Osawatomie City Hall officials how the system works, and he hopes the directory can be updated every six months. about.
The new repertoire was officially launched at a ceremony on October 28, and Chase said he had already heard a lot of positive things about it.
“A lot of people complimented it,” he said.