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Carnation recovers its history
The ball of granite is still missing and the $500 reward awaits someone who can be instrumental in the prosecution of the perpetrators. However, the Carnation Cemetery volunteers introduced a restoration project that culminated in a Memorial Day gift to the people.
Several groups were involved in the restoration. Most prominent and knowledgeable was the Quiring Monument Company from Seattle, headed by Dave Quiring, president. Years had taken a toll in stones sinking, tilting, etc. These professionals had the expertise and were able to repair the damage done by vandals. They also repaired all the stones that were loose from their bases by putting metal rods in some and sealing all of them so they are impervious to water damage. All of this work was volunteer on the part of the monument company.
Also a volunteer organization from Black Diamond known as E Clamus Vitus and headed by Dan Kerege, offered help. They keep trim by going around doing good for others, and the others this time was the Carnation Cemetery restoration project. These people did the leveling of about one third of the stones before getting drenched in a downpour.
The city provided bark where needed and power washed all the stones, which really improved their looks. Donald Davis still must weed around each stone as a part of the maintenance of the cemetery. It is hoped that later each stone can have a beveled edge so this weeding can be eliminated.
Isabel Jones, the local historian, has been active in the project and along with Robert Stallman of Spokane, updates the Internet listing of cemetery occupants every May. The sign that was once displayed beneath the cemetery directory is gone but will be replaced courtesy of the Tolt Historical Society, the same group that updates the directory each May.
An extremely disappointing act by one or more people has been returned to an as nearly normal as possible condition and the dead will again rest in peace.