Lynwood Cemetery commemorates 130 years

Front: Carlee Doty, Addy Johnson, Cindy Wedeking. Middle Row: Howie Clark, Casey Leerhoff, Levi Kampman, Cooper Negen. Back Row: Scott Holub, Dawson Holub, Justin Clark, David Kelm, Dave Clark, Brandon Kampman, Val Swinton and Galen Jones

The Clarksville Library hosted a program on Saturday featuring 14 prominent Clarksville residents who are interned at Lynwood Cemetery.

     Clarksville residents who portrayed these influential citizens included Casey Leerhoff, Levi Kampman, Cindy Wedeking, Scott Holub, Cooper Negen, Addy Johnson, Howie Clark, David Kelm, Val Swinton, Brandon Kampman, Galen Jones, Carlee Doty, Justin Clark and Dawson Holub. Librarian Kristen Clark presided as the emcee.

     One resident portrayed, Milo Mather, 1884-1960, built the second largest telescope in the Mississippi Valley at one time. The telescope is currently on display at Iowa State University. He was in business at Mather Machine Works and Garage on Main Street for 48 years.  He also served on the school board, and as mayor influenced the design of the sewer and water system in town. Mather was portrayed by Casey Leerhoff.

            “My greatest thrill doesn’t come from anything I see through the telescope; it’s the thill I get from watching young folks show an interest in the universe. I have always thought that growing minds shape a young person’s character, and delinquency is largely the result of having little to think about,” Mather said. “I want to change that. Students of the sciences have very active minds, and the active minds show them so many interesting things of creation that they usually rise high in moral standards.”

 

Read more in the October 12th edition of the STAR.