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Goldenrod Cemetery
Tekoa, Whitman County, Washington

Contributed by Bud Engelhardt and Marian Kramer May 2000, last edited Sep 11, 2007 [budengelhardt@msn.com]. Total records = 2,047.

The Goldenrod Cemetery is located one mile south of Tekoa, in Whitman County, Washington. It contains twelve acres; eight in the old section and four in the new section.

The original tombstone inscriptions were read by Weston and Carrie Lartigue July 19 & 20, 1972. During the winter and spring of 1999-2000 Bud Engelhardt researched these records and updated this list with the help of Marian Kramer of the Kramer Funeral Home in Tekoa, WA. Many but certainly not all have grave markers. Bud Engelhardt physically inventoried the grave markers in the cemetery again in the May of 2000. Those without a marker are identified with "n/m" on this report. There is always the possibility of markers being grassed over, not readable, missing, etc. since the last reading.

There are several graves that indicated on the records as filled but identified as "Unknown". According to a note found in the ledgers "an old Chinaman is buried on the left side of the cemetery entrance in Sec.23 Block 17 Grave #2." No additional information was found concerning this.

At the end of this log is an additional list of names found in an very old Goldenrod Ledger. Almost all the names on this second list are NOT ON GRAVE MARKERS in this cemetery. Many are obviously burials, others are associated probably with the purchase of the lots.

Earliest Birth: Harriett McGraham 1818 - 1913 "The Puckett's Grandma"
Early Birth: Frank Simmons 1822 - 1912 "Old Man From Rock Creek"
Earliest death: John Wilson 11 Feb 1851 - 28 Nov 1890

Legend:
c/o = child of
s/o = son of
d/o = daughter of
w/o = wife of
h/o = husband of
n/m = no marker
m. = marriage
DOD = date of death
nee = maiden name

 

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