On Sunday, November 18th, 2012, with the weather being unseasonably warm, it was a good day to visit the main cemetery, Greenlawn, here in Wingate, Indiana. I can see the cemetery, from my kitchen window. That is not so surprising, as Wingate is a small town of less than 300 people.
The great thing about Waymarking, apart from obviously getting out there and taking some pictures and tracking GPS co-ordinates, is the research part, learning about the object or place, its history and other details. Until recently, I had not even heard of White Bronze monuments, that are made from Zinc. For the two years we have lived here, I have seen the cemetery, from my kitchen window, but now I know a little more about what and who I am looking at.
The links below, take you to the Waymark’s on Waymarking.com
Greenlawn Cemetery, viewed from the southeast
A little history, Wingate was originally platted in 1932, by Christian Bever, as Pleasant Hill. Later it was renamed to Wingate, by the town’s people, to honor local dignitary, John C Wingate, who lived in, and is buried here in town. Around 1910, the wife of John C Wingate, visited an exhibition, there she saw some Japanese buildings. She persuaded her husband to have one built for her, in their back yard. This Pagoda, built around 1912, still stands, at the rear of the former John C Wingate house, on the corner of Main and Main Cross streets. It is a well known land mark, in this part of Montgomery County.I have taken some pictures of the Pagoda, but not yet waymarked it.
There are four Cemeteries in and near Wingate, this one, Greenlawn, is at the junction of SR25 and SR 55, on the north side of town. it has over 800 people buried there. Of all the headstones and monuments, there are only 4 White Bronze monuments. The Wingate family plot is also here.
The four White Bronze monument Waymark’s are:-
White Bronze monument for William Coseboom
White Bronze monument for George and William Luse
White Bronze monument for John and Ephriam Luse
White Bronze monument for Lucinda Bittle and infant children
John C Wingate, mentioned above, is buried in the Wingate Family plot. I have not, at the time of writing this, made a Waymark for his grave. I was considering submitting it under the “Grave of a famous person” category, but I am not sure, reading the guidelines, whether he is famous enough, outside of the Montgomery County area. Here are pictures of the Wingate Memorial and John C Wingate’s marker.