Cemetery Appreciation Month

General Society of the War of 1812  In The State Of Iowa President Mike Rowley joined with members of the State Association for the Preservation of Iowa Cemeteries (SAPIC) at the signing of the Proclamation to declare May as “Cemetery Appreciation Month” by Iowa Governor and United States Ambassador to China nominee Terry Branstad.

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President Rowley (far left in the photos) shared with the Governor the fact that members of the Iowa Society have documented nearly 900 veterans of the War of 1812 that are buried in the State of Iowa.

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Photos by Chance McElhaney

Abel Galland Ceremony

Members of the Society of the War of 1812 were on hand this past Sunday (June 24, 2012) to help honor the memory of Abraham “Abel” Galland at a small pioneer cemetery in northwestern Shelby County, Iowa.

Amy (Furby) Galland & Abraham "Abel" Galland
Amy (Furby) Galland & Abraham “Abel” Galland

Abel Galland was born in the State of New Jersey.  He served in the War of 1812.  Abel came to Kanesville with the Mormons in 1846.  In the fall of 1846, Abel followed an Indian trail, northeast of Kanesville, now eastern Council Bluffs, parallel to the Mosquito Creek, to a location called “Six Bee Tree Grove” just north of the present day Manteno Park.  Since the pioneers, in place of sugar, used honey, trees in which bees store honey were highly prized.

In 1847, Abel returned to Kanesville with a wagon load of honey after the local people heard about the trees, honey and the opportunity for religious freedom, they followed him back to the Galland’s Grove area.

In 1848, Abel Galland and his son-in-law, William Jordan, built the first log cabin in Shelby County.  Abel died June 22, 1857.  Abel is buried in Gallands Grove. ~ Copied from the program for The Abel Galland Memorial Cemetery Unveiling

Volunteers headed by Ron Chamberlain of the Western Iowa Pioneer Cemetery Association (WIPCA) and others in the local area have spent countless hours in researching the location of this little cemetery – located in a field behind where early pioneer settlers came to worship – and working to find and mark graves, clean up the area and erect a fence and brick path.  Their hard work was “unveiled” on a hot Sunday afternoon to a large and happy crowd including direct descendant Roger Galland and his wife Virginia who traveled from Utah to attend the ceremony.

Society of the War of 1812 in the State of Iowa members Mike Rowley, Danny Krock and Dan Rittel took part in the ceremonies and our member-of-the-year Ron Rittel was also in attendance and took some of these pictures.

Dan Rittel, also a member of WIPCA, acted as master of ceremonies.  Danny Krock and Mike Rowley (Rowley in War of 1812 uniform) stood with the honor guard from the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, of which both Krock and Rowley are also members, for a veteran’s headstone dedication after the official unveiling of the cemetery by WIPCA.  Also present were honor guards from the following American Legion Posts: Defiance/Westphalia Post #707, Dunlap Post #224, Earling Post #615, Elk Horn Post #322, Panama Post #601, and Portsmouth Post #547.

For his part, Mike Rowley read the Proclamation from the City of Dunlap and short biographies of four veterans of the War of 1812 buried in Harrison County, Iowa, that was prepared by the Harrison County Genealogical Society.

The event was very well attended by local residents, representatives from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Community of Christ Church and several members of the Crandall and Roundy families who had gathered that weekend for a large family reunion.  After the ceremonies, guests were treated to ice cream (provided by Blue Bunny) and cookies and lemonade or iced tea provided by WIPCA volunteers.

More pictures of the event can be seen on the Facebook page for the Abel Galland Memorial Cemetery.

 

Thank you Northwood – Bicentennial Proclamations

As we close in on the Bicentennial of the official beginning of the War of 1812, June 18, 1812-2012, the Society of the War of 1812 in the State of Iowa is working to try and bring attention to the often called “Second War for American Independence.”  To this effort we have begun a campaign to get the Governor of the State of Iowa and the mayors of as many Iowa towns as possible to issue a proclamation designating June 18 as “The War of 1812 Remembrance Day” to urge all Iowa citizens to learn more about our country’s history, especially the War of 1812.

Our efforts are already beginning to pay off.  Mayor Randy Severson of the “Top of Iowa” town of Northwood became the first Iowa Mayor to issue the proclamation on January 6, 2012. We also understand that a few other towns have this on their agendas and will likely issue proclamations soon.

Northwood War of 1812 Remembrance Day Proclamation

Thank you, Northwood, Iowa!