Centralia, Missouri – Woman Cares for Far West Cemetery, Preserves 19th Century History

Posted by admin on Jul 18, 2012

When Fonda and Paul Smith moved to a house near Centralia in the winter of 1988, they were looking forward to living in a place with more trees than people. That first spring in their new home, they walked along a small trail behind the house and discovered they had more company than they’d realized.

There, in a hilly woods, were more than 150 known graves, some dating as far back as the 1820s. Since then, Fonda Smith has been the “unofficial” caretaker of the Far West cemetery.

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