Wanna See a Dead Body?


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Wanna See a Dead Body?

School children use the abandoned Wagar Cemetery as a shortcut to and from school in 1930.

The early settlers of Lakewood would never have forseen this. Young children used the old Wagar Cemetery as a shortcut to and from school, trampling over the graves of those pioneers who came to the Rockport area around 1820. The neglected cemetery served as not only a shortcut for school children, but also a great place to pull childhood "pranks." One young man recalled such a prank when he and his friend, in 1915, decided to bring home two skeletons after stumbling upon a couple of unearthed coffins. Needless to say, the prank did not go over very well with the friend's father, who, upon discovering the remains in hid backyard chicken coop, made the boys return the bodies, putting an end to the merry pranksters' days of grave robbing!

Image courtesy of Cleveland State Library Special Collections


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