Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Taphophile Tuesday: Winfield Scott Stratton

Taphophile Tuesday: Winfield Scott Stratton

American prospector and philanthropist, Winfield Scott Stratton (1848–1902) He became  Cripple Creek district's first millionaire in 1894. Not only was Stratton rich, he was generous. After the Cripple Creek fire of 1896, Stratton paid for food and shelter for the thousands left homeless by the fire.
When Stratton died, he left the bulk of his estate for the establishment of the Myron Stratton Home, for "the aged poor and dependent children;" named for his father Myron Stratton, which sits on over 100 acres and is still in use today, mainly for the elderly.
Stratton's other legacies include a trolley system connecting Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs; the ground on which the current Colorado Springs City Hall stands; and money to complete the Short Line railroad.
He is a fine example to each of us of kindness towards strangers who are in need of the extra help and encouragement. He is buried in our local Evergreen Cemetery along with this gorgeous stone marker. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Wreaths Across America!

We are very excited to be participating with Wreaths Across America for 2017.  Wreaths Across America is a national organization that  provides wreaths for our Veterans. For each wreath ordered the Evergreen Cemetery Benevolent Society will receive $5.

The laying of the wreaths will take place on December  16th. Please stay tuned for more details by signing up for our email list.

Click Here To Order A Wreath For Evergreen or Fairview Cemetery.

Monday, October 2, 2017

perpetual care

What exactly is perpetual care?

Most cemetery blocks are endowed, meaning the purchasers paid for perpetual care of these grave sites. Created in the early 1900's, the perpetual care fund encompasses the mowing, watering, and fertilizing of grave sites. Monument maintenance is the responsibility of the purchasers and their heirs.

Perpetual care is simply defined that the cemetery will provide the maintenance necessarily to ensure there will always be a cemetery to visit. This policy has been in placed since the beginning of the cemetery.

 Families are responsible for the care and maintenance  of the headstones and that responsibility falls to heirs as well.

Even though Evergreen Cemetery is city owned, it is not city funded. Any and all monies to maintain the cemetery are through burial fees. This includes irrigation, mowing, trees equipment etc.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

2017 Annual Historic Walking Tour

Our most important fund raiser of the year! This event only happens once a year and you don't want to miss it!!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Flags for Our Soldiers-How You Can Help

Memorial Day, which falls on Monday, May 29 this year, has customarily been celebrated as a day on which those who died in active military service are remembered for their ultimate sacrifice.  Cemeteries around the country and the world have traditionally honored fallen veterans by placing American flags on individual graves.  That tradition has been observed for many years at Evergreen Cemetery, owned and operated by the City of Colorado Springs since 1875.

Over the years, many of the flags were generously donated by various community and civic groups, as well as by individuals from the local area.  Because of our city’s strong military presence, there are thousands of veteran gravesites within the cemetery.  The final resting places of military men and women who served their country from the Civil War up to the present are represented.  This year, the cemetery, which has never been financially responsible for providing the flags, is asking for the community’s help to provide flags for our veterans’ graves.

Donations are being sought to purchase the 8” X 12” flags locally. A goal to raise $1000 has been set, which will purchase approximately 1,500 flags.  If you, your civic and community groups, as well as corporate entities and private companies would like to donate for this tribute to our fallen warriors, contributions would be gratefully accepted.  If you are interested in donating time to place the flags on veteran’s graves, your help would also be welcomed.  Each year, flags that have been placed are removed by volunteers, and those in acceptable condition are reused the following year. 

Donations can be sent to Evergreen Cemetery Memorial Flags, 1005 Hancock Expressway, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.  Be sure to indicate the donation is for Memorial Day Flags.  Donations will also be accepted at the office, at the same address as above.  Please call Evergreen Cemetery at 719-385-6251 for more information, or to ask about the free events during the annual Evergreen Cemetery Benevolent Society Memorial Day Commemoration on Monday May 29, starting at 9:00 AM.


Monday, April 10, 2017

How You Can Save History! Adopt A Block

Evergreen Cemetery has the distinction of being listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and was once revered by many locals as "the largest outdoor rose garden in the world", whose sweet scent could be noted as far as a mile away.

No automatic alt text available.The cemetery, which covers about 220 acres, is comprised of blocks, laid out much like a typical city.  Currently there are approximately 150 blocks, and each may contain up to several hundred gravesites.  Although the City provides basic grounds maintenance such as irrigation and mowing, care of the monuments and sites in each block is not provided.  Evergreen Cemetery Benevolent Society, a non-profit partner with the Cemetery, fills the gap through its Adopt A Block Program, staffed solely by volunteers.  The Society is seeking additional residents to adopt a block of their choosing and become a Block Captain. 

No automatic alt text available.Becoming a Block Captain is easy and rewarding.  You can select any block you wish.  Typically blocks in the older sections need more TLC, as there are fewer family members left to provide care.  Once you have chosen a block, you will receive guidelines for caring for your adopted area.  You make your own schedule, depending on your available time.  You may be involved in trimming shrubbery, small plants or roses, picking up debris, straightening small monuments, reporting damage or vandalism, and generally keeping the area tidy.  Those with an interest in photography may wish to photograph all the monuments in their block to document their current condition. Training is provided periodically on the proper methods of cleaning monuments without harming them, and repairing minor damage.  During warmer months, Block Captains solicit volunteers to help with special project days. 

Adopting a block would be an excellent way for companies or corporations to foster group activities and team building.  Schools, clubs, teams, hobby groups, churches and many other organizations may enjoy adopting a piece of our local  history.

By adopting a block, you will enable our city to keep the unique and beautiful legacy that is Evergreen Cemetery enjoyable for generations to come.  For more information or details about becoming a Block Captain, please contact Dianne Hartshorn at 719-385-6251, or Mark Robbins at 727-244-9031.  Visit us on Facebook or go to Evergreencemeterysociety.com or send an email to evergreencemeterysociety@yahoo.com

Friday, July 29, 2016

JC England Remains Laid to Rest-75 Years Later

WWII Pearl Harbor Sailor to be laid to rest, Evergreen Cemetery, August 13, 2016

The England family, Evergreen Cemetery, and the Evergreen Cemetery Benevolent Society cordially invite you to join us in honoring John Charles England, whose remains will be laid to rest after 75 years.
John Charles England,  a 20 years old Navy ensign, woke that Sunday morning filled with anticipation. His young bride and three week old daughter, who he had yet to meet, were on their way to visit  from the states.  The exact date was December 7, 1941.

JC England was stationed aboard the USS Oklahoma when Pearl Harbor was attacked.  JC rescued three of his shipmates before he perished.
His remains rested in an unmarked grave in the National Cemetery in Hawaii for 75 years. Through the diligence of his granddaughter Bethany and others involved in the long process of identifying those remains, JC will finally be laid to rest next to his parents buried at Evergreen Cemetery.
Join us on Saturday August 13th, as the John Charles England family, Evergreen Cemetery and the Evergreen Cemetery Benevolent Society turn back the clocks of time to 1941 as we honor the bravery of JC England and the persistence of his family and celebrate the greatest generation.
Refreshments and celebration of JC England to follow at the Evergreen Chapel
When:  Saturday August 13th, 2016
10:00 am
What: JC England Graveside Interment
Where: Evergreen Cemetery
Evergreen Cemetery
Evergreen Cemetery Benevolent Society
1005 Hancock Expressway
Colorado Springs, CO 80903