There has always been a need to identify who is buried where at the Gillespie City Cemetery and nearly all the work is now finished thanks to the high school’s current events class and the Gillespie Public Library.
The last step of the project is to purchase brick markers for the cemetery. The cost is approximately $2000 and any donations are appreciated. According to Steve Joyce, the librarian at Gillespie Public Library, $25 will cover two rows.
The project got underway in fall of 2020 after approval of the cemetery board and continued into the spring of 2021. Students in Casey Sholtis’ class did a good job, according to Joyce, and saved hundreds of hours of work.
The cemetery is now divided into nine sections and each section is divided into rows that will be engraved on bricks. Signs will be placed through the cemetery identifying sections and the 150 rows.
A trivia night fundraiser sponsored by the Gillespie Public Library will be held on July 10 to raise funds for the projects. Donations can also be sent to the library earmarked for the brick project at 201 West Chestnut, Gillespie, IL 62033.