Pioneer Family Grave Markers Desecrated
Some of town founder's family tombstones were violated Christmas week.
December 26, 2005
markers for the Town of Eatonville's oldest family ancestors were
desecrated by vandals this past week. Tom Van Eaton, III, great
grandson of town founder Thomas Cobb (T. C.) Van Eaton, discovered the damaged monuments on Tuesday, December
20, and reported the find to police. The Eatonville Police Report
estimated the damage at over $500. He gauged the
vandalism was not more than a day old. Both the tall, marble monument
at the left in the photo above, and the small marker lying in the
foreground, far right, were
Baby's Tomb Marker Desecrated
This marker belonging to little Annie Van Eaton was damaged beyond repair when it was apparently pulled out of the ground and bashed onto the rocks propped against it. The old monument was broken into pieces at the top, and cracked lengthwise. Much of the material from the smaller pieces had crumbled into sand from the impact, rendering it nearly, if not completely, irreparable.
Holding Broken Memories...
Visible in the hands of Tom Van Eaton III, are the broken remains of the neck of the marble marker seen lying on the ground. The latter object had been smashed off the tall grave marker of Ashford/ Eatonville pioneer Mary Jane Osborn Van Eaton.
Violent Vandalism Crosses Cemetery Road
view looking across the road shows the vandalized Van Eaton monuments of
Mary Jane and little Annie, her infant daughter, and also Nellie
Appleby. During the incident, the granite marker seen directly beyond
them, with the red flower in front of it, sustained some damage when
the large ball in the foreground was thrown at it.
Marker Hit with Piece from Another
To the right of the Frank Krones grave marker are a few of the shards found on the ground nearby, which broke off part of another monument, when it was hurled at this marker. Also found nearby was a small piece of the granite base you see here, which apparently was chipped off when the object struck it.
More Mischief - Coincidence or Not?
Just a few yards north of the Krones plot lies this grave, the first
in the Eatonville Cemetery, that of Eva M. Osborn,
buried in 1899. Pioneer Otto Haynes, whose family came to the area in
the 1880s, helped dig Eva's burial plot.
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