Friends,                                                                                                        February 1, 2021

For many years I have had a vision of an organization of volunteers who would involve themselves in the history and preservation of the oldest portion of St James Lutheran “Straw” Cemetery.  Chinese proverb “Longest journey start with single step”.  I believe the time to start this journey has come.  Let us take that first step together.

So what’s so special in Straw Cemetery?

Well, there are 29 Revolutionary Patriots, the oldest gravestone is 1771 (in German), 11 slaves re-buried in 1902, 233 verified veterans, an 1858 schoolhouse,  possibly some of your ancestors may be buried here, and the old portion is on the State and National Historic Register.

So what can we do?

Preserve and make available the historic records, learn and teach others to repair and clean gravestones, ensure grass is mowed, battle groundhogs, provide seminars on gravestone preservation, make this a destination people would enjoy visiting.

So what’s in it for you and me?

Meet friends with similar interest, fresh air, free exercise, history, genealogy, re-discovering the joy of life.

This invitation is going out to a group of about 50 people I have encountered in many adventures over the years, who I thought may enjoy this venture. Please feel free to invite others to join in. The pandemic is a hindrance to our plans but we can plan and dream of a time when we will meet in the cemetery or in the church hall to plan our future as “Friends of Straw Cemetery”. Maybe meet some nice Saturday or Sunday in the spring and see what this group may look like without masks.

Refer others to this website ( which has lists of veterans, a map of plots, some history and more. This would be where we would post events.  There are no set plans for the many directions this effort could take.  It is very open to the group to decide our activities, committees and programs.  So if this is of interest to you and you want to be informed of upcoming events please reply “I would like to be on the future communication email list”

Hope to hear from you,

Dave Morris

P. S.  This comes to you by my new primary email address. Please use it to contact me.