The Morrow Cemetery
is located on land that was homesteaded by Stonewall Jackson Craig and his wife Maud.
Mr. and Mrs. Craig gave a warranty deed to the Trustees of Comus Lodge Number 51, I.O.O.F. of Morrow, County
of Nez Perce, State of Idaho,
on July 5, 1902, for the price of one dollar.
description for the Morrow Cemetery is described as: "Beginning at a
point fifty feet West of the South East corner of the South East quarter of
the North East quarter of Section 12, Township 32 North Range, two West B.M. Thence North parallel with said line 69 59/100 yards, thence
west the same distance, thence south the same distance, thence east the same
distance to the place of beginning containing one acre.
This conveyance is intended as a burial ground so long as used as
such and when not used as such it shall revert to the original owners and
this deed shall be null and void."
The actual deed
changed hands in 1902, but the land had been used for a
cemetery for several years before that.
The oldest date recorded on the stones in the cemetery is July 23,
1889, for Louisa K. Fryers.
It is interesting to
note that the deed was given to the Comus Lodge
Number 51, I.O.O.F. of Morrow. This
lodge has been previously known as the Ferdinand Lodge in available documents. It may have been the Morrow Lodge or the Ferdinand Lodge or
they may have merged into one lodge, but it is known that the Comus Lodge Number 51, I.O.O.F of Ferdinand merged
with the Craigmont Lodge Number 76 on June 4, 1931.
In an article on "The Independent Order of Odd Fellows" in
the 1984 HIGHLANDS OF CRAIG MOUNTAIN, pages 71-72, it states,
"The I.O.O.F. Cemetery at Morrow was discussed in December, 1933, and
former members of the Comus Lodge No. 51 agreed to transfer the cemetery to
residents of the Morrow community..."
The discussion of the transfer was apparently all that came about at
that time because it was not until June 15, 1972, that a Quit Claim Deed was
given to the Morrowtown Cemetery Association by the Craigmont I.O.O.F. Lodge
No. 76 and signed by trustees, Ted Herrick, Harold G. Liedkie, and Herbert
A record does exist
of some activity by the Morrow Cemetery Association before 1972 in recorded
minutes of a meeting on June 2, 1946, "An election was held at the
Westlake Church to elect officers for the Morrow Cemetery Association. Mr. W. R. Graham, Cecil Graham and Mr. Dan Hill were
nominated for President, Mr. Hill being elected by the majority of votes.
Pauline Ellis and Hazel Frost were nominated for Secretary Treasurer,
Pauline Ellis receiving the majority of votes.
Hazel Frost, Orval Buttrey and Harry Hill were elected for committee
men." On Saturday May 24,
1947, a clean up day was held at the Morrow Cemetery with a potluck dinner
at the Westlake schoolhouse, and it was voted to have the cemetery surveyed
and a new plat made. The same
officers were voted to serve as the year before.
There are no more
written records on the cemetery until May 2, 1972, when interested people
met with the Craigmont I.O.O.F. and at which time the transferring of the
deed was worked out. Also at
this time Mr. Wilburt Blimka was voted in as president of the cemetery
district along with Mrs. Ruby Miller as vice president and Oswald Johnston
as secretary-treasurer. Two
years later Mrs. Oswald Johnston was elected secretary-treasurer and retain
that position until the time of her death.
Mrs. Johnston (Leatha) provided most of the information on this
It was between the
years of 1972 and 1974 that the cemetery was almost completely renovated
with the leveling of the grounds and the building of a new fence around the
cemetery. Also much work was
put into marking previously unmarked graves.
It is now one of the best-kept cemeteries in Lewis County and stands
as a wonderful monument to those who have worked so hard to get
it that way and keep it that way.
The plat contains
117 lots, numbered consecutively 1 to 117.
The north tier of lots and the south tier of lots are each 13.77 feet
by 10 feet. All other lots are
20 feet 10 feet except the west tier, which are 20 x 13.77 feet. The entrance driveway is 20 feet in width, with a north-south
driveway, which is 15 feet wide. All
alleys or walks north are 5 feet wide and walks west are 3 feet wide.
Each lot contains 5 burial spaces except the north tier of lots and
the south tier of lots which each contain 3 burial spaces.
For more information, please contact the Ilo-Vollmer
Historical Society, Box 61, Craigmont, Idaho 83523 or Shelley Kuther, email@example.com
208-790-7890 or Byron Bovey, firstname.lastname@example.org