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NewsTribune photo/Jeff Dankert Joe Shearer (left) and Ryan Newman of Moore Monument & Granite Co. of Sterling place a monument Friday in St. Vincent Cemetery, La Salle where graves were relocated last year from an abandoned cemetery exhumed from a vacant lot at 24th and Chartres Street, La Salle.
A monument was placed Friday in St. Vincent Cemetery over graves that were relocated there last year from an abandoned cemetery exhumed from a vacant lot at 24th and Chartres streets, La Salle.
The granite slab was manufactured by Moore Monument & Granite Co. of Sterling, which delivered and placed the stone. It weighs an estimated 2,500 pounds.
The monument in the La Salle cemetery along St. Vincent’s Avenue is inscribed: “The memorial marks the site where the remains of Irish and German immigrants and pioneers were relocated from the La Salle Mission Cemetery. The La Salle Mission Cemetery, located approximately one mile to the south and west of this memorial, was in use between 1840 and 1857. Many of those buried here died of cholera. The re-interment took place on April 28, 2012.”
The roughly 1,130 remains and artifacts of the original cemetery were re-interred on the southern edge of St. Vincent, and the new monument is easily viewed from North 2979th Road. The lots were provided by St. Vincent Cemetery Association. The original cemetery was carefully excavated last year by historians and volunteers to make way for a new veterinary clinic.