From I-90 driving west as you are entering the Moses Lake area, take
the Wheeler turnoff, turning right onto Wheeler Rd NE and continue to
Wheeler. Turn right or south onto Road O for one mile, then turn right
or west onto Road 2NE. The cemetery is on the south side of the road.
Be sure to get permission at the office first before entering the cemetery.
In my frustration I did some research, trying to find at least some
of those buried here. My main source being the Grant County Genealogy
Society, who allowed me to re-publish records they have in their library.
These records included work done by Shane Palmer to earn his Eagle Scout
degree in 1990.
After transcribing from those I compared with other records, such
as Social Security records, obits and other public records. Thus I did
not copy totally from any one source, and all are previously published
records. I ask anyone who has the name and dates of someone buried
in this cemetery to please consider sharing them with me, if they are
not listed. If you have a photo in digital format of the stone I would
like to see that also. Obituaries or other public records will be gladly
Listings with an asterisk are those I do have a photo of the stone.
Some photos are not good, since the area I was in had very poor stone
care. Some stones were buried under grass, others covered with lichen
etc. They mow the lawn, but there is not much care around some of the
stones I saw.
I was warned of this when I was reading other Grant County cemeteries,
but I really did not believe it could be true, after all the hundreds
of cemeteries I have read. Later I find out there have been demonstrations
at this cemetery, carried out by the neighboring townspeople, according
to the local newspapers and law enforcement office. Also it is said
that some have removed their loved ones from this cemetery to another
cemetery, because of the new business practices and no freedom to visit
the burial sites. It would be wonderful if the townfolks platted out
land and created a new cemetery that is open to all.
At that time the owners, the Benson Family, did not understand that
searching of names requires first knowing the name of the person who
is actually buried there, or having the name but have no idea what cemetery
they are buried in. Mrs Benson informed me that she is there to help
anyone if you give her the name to look up. What she did not understand
at that time was that many do not have the needed information to ask
her. This is one reason why I do this hard work. I am not reimbursed
in any way for doing any of this transcribing.
I the summer of 2010, Susan Benson provided me with a list of all of
the burials in this cemetery. I have spent many months researching these
names using the SS death index and the Washington State Archives trying
to acquire the birth and death dates for each person. There are hundreds
that I could not find this information for, which are now only listed
with the name, burial date and location. I also compared this list with
what I had, combining when I could and I now have a much larger cemetery
transcription than I had at first.
This now includes the locations of each burial from the cemetery sexton
files. Some at first names I had listed a different location, which
I changed to be the same as the cemetery sexton has. If anyone does
know the birth and death dates (or death and age) of any I do not have
I would be very happy to add that information. Visiting the cemetery
is possibly different now, I suggest you contact the cemetery to find
The record I first had was fairly complete up to the year 2000 with
many errors. Additional names were added as I found them, but not a
complete listing after that date. Entries followed by initials are names
submitted to me to add to my listing from others, which were not found
in the sexton files. This is now a complete listing of all names up
to the Aug 01, 2010.