Indian Henry's Cemetery: Results of GPR Scan...
Part of the Ground Penetrating Radar Study conducted by kemp
Garcia at Indian Henry's Cemetery included the above
computer readout. The text accompanying the scan is: "The top
reading was up to the monument and the bottom is 2.5 feet to the east.
The corresponding markers are the same reading, but 2.5 feet to the
east. On the bottom reading there are two additional sites indicated
as burials." The black lines point to burials.
How it's Done? Kemp Garcia Works the GPR Equipment...
Photos by Dixie A. Walter
Kemp Garcia spent several hours mapping the
burial remains of Indians at Indian Henry's Cemetery on the Mashell Prairie
Road. He found fourteen burials after working the site. There have
been several rumors about the Indian burial site. Some went so far as
to say no one was buried there and that Indian Henry wasn't there
either. Although from Garcia's discovery of the burials, it
isn't possible to know which of the remains, if any, belong to the
unsung Indian who offered the white settlers so much.
Could This be
This photo shows a few of the stakes pounded into the ground after the
GPR study was completed. If research is accurate about the description
of Indian Henry's burial place, it would fit in closely with the above
stake. This burial, whoever it may have been, is right in the walkway
through the newly built gate.
Another View of Mapped Cemetery...
after mapping the little
cemetery - Stakes pounded into the ground, gently and with respect,
are seen in this
photo. More stakes can be seen in the photo below. Working
toward his Eagle Scout badge, Ryan Ames, son of Richard and
Cynthia Ames, and a junior at Eatonville High School, has plans to to
put crosses on the graves, seed the area and restore the cemetery
sign, among other things.
Does Each Stake Represent a Human Life?
majority of burials were found toward this area. Each stake represents
a person who had hopes and dreams, who loved,
laughed and cried - people buried here for so long, who have always
deserved to be treated with respect.
Mom is Very Interested in Her Son's Progress...
Monica Ingalls stands for a moment with her son Zach. He is a kid who
has already made a difference, and he's 14 years old. Zach took on
a very complex, and in some aspects, controversial project, and has
done a wonderful job.
Always Add a
Touch of Beauty...
Earlier, people who worked so hard physically and emotionally to make the cemetery a place of peace and tranquility, built a raised garden base for the cemetery sign, and planted flowers, which the dead deserve after all.
Zach Keeps Historical Society Informed about His Project...
By Bob Walter - Local boy scout, Zach Ingalls, 14, explained his Eagle Scout project to the South Pierce County Historical Society at their monthly meeting Sunday, April 24. Left to right: Zach, Madora Dawkins, Audrey Roley and Carol Cook. Zach's project involves major work on the Shaker Church Indian Cemetery, where Native American legend and friend of the white settlers, Indian Henry, and at least 13 others, are buried. With help from many friends, scouts and parents, brush was cleared, a stone monument was restored, a beautiful picket fence was erected and a raised flower bed was constructed as a base for the cemetery sign, which is being restored.
On May 26, historic Fern Hill Elementary in Tacoma will hold a closing ceremony prior to renovation. The school was built in 1880 where the (Byrd) Mill Road crossed the old Indian Trail to the Sound (Indian Henry Trail). Zach will describe his project and invite those in attendance to visit the historic gravesite of Indian Henry, or Soo-Too-Lick, on Mashell Prairie Road.
Generation Gap? What Generation Gap?
Ingalls, 14, and Evelyn Guske, 90, stand by the crude, lovely and
memorable stone monument in the center of Indian Henry's cemetery.
Guske is a descendent of the first white setter in this area, Robert
Fiander born in Dorcetshire, England in 1847. Fiander filed a
homestead at Swan Lake. He lived for two years with his brother,
Richard, who had moved to the area while working with the Hudson's Bay
Company. Evelyn Guske is not only descended from English men, but also
from Native Americans in this area/
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