A Place to Dwell for All Eternity


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A Place to Dwell for All Eternity

Among the scattered tombstones seen here in 1930, Jonathan and Hannah Bates' stands out.

Even though the cemetery could not survive the progress that encroached upon it, the early inhabitants of Rockport would not be forgotten. The diners, billboards, and sand bank that flanked the cemetery only served as a temporary barrier. Over sixty years after the last body was laid to rest in Wagar's acre, the dead were still speaking, and someone was listening. The historical significance of these pioneers and their accomplishments began to surface, and now many of their stories are being told. Jonathan and Hannah Bates (their tombstone lies in the foreground of the photo) left behind an interesting inscription: "How desolate our home bereft of thee." Everyone deserves a home, and Mars Wagar knew this all too well.

Image courtesy of Cleveland State Library Special Collections


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