St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery Fundraiser Is Sunday

ONOVILLE — The sixth annual fundraiser for St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery will take place Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at the Horseshoe Inn in Onoville.

There will be 50/50 giveaways, a Chinese auction and live music by Doc Hamels and Will Russell. There is also a gun giveaway. Food is available from the Horseshoe Inn restaurant.

For the past 10 years a small group of volunteers have been working to restore the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, which had been heavily vandalized in the past and which continues to suffer damage. Fundraising proceeds will go toward refurbishing and replacing the original cast iron perimeter fence.

The original cemetery began a family burial site for the Murphy family. Most of the other burials are those of Irish Catholic immigrants who came to the Onoville area in 1850s and 1960s. These people worked primarily in the timbering and related industries. In the late 1800s the area saw an influx of immigrants from Poland, Russia and the Austro-Hungarian empire. Some of these immigrants are also buried in the cemetery.

Another ongoing project for the restoration committee is research into who is actually buried in the cemetery as no formal records exist. Through the use of newspaper accounts and records from St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Randolph, several burials not listed on what records there are have been identified. The committee continues to look for descendants of those known to be buried in the cemetery. Among the names being researched are Bradley, Brennon, Colwell, Ferrin, McPolin, Laughlin, Murphy and Wilcox.