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WOODMEN DONATION 11-1-17 LMS

There are now approximately 30 more burial plots in the Salmon Cemetery thanks to a donation by the Modern Woodmen of America Fraternal organization.

At the City Councilís November 1 meeting, Modern Woodmen of America Regional Director Pat Harting of Caldwell, Idaho presented the City of Salmon with the Quit Claim Deed for approximately 30 burial plots that have been owned by the Woodmen since 1903. He said the organization is honoring the armed forces services to this country by donating the plots to veterans and their spouses who donít have the funds to pay for a burial.

City Clerk Mary Benton then proposed the city provide funds to create and place a plaque at the cemetery in honor of the Modern Woodmen of America generous donation. The council approved her request and a dedication of the plaque will be scheduled for some time next Spring.

The Woodmen of America organization was founded in 1883 and according to Harting its history in Lemhi County dates from the early 1900ís. He said in 1901 a charter was signed for one of the Woodmen camps. That charter now resides in the Lemhi County Historical Society Museum.

Harting said in 1903 the organization purchased from 30 to 32 grave sites in the Salmon Cemetery. It was Benton who discovered the historic purchase when she was researching cemetery records. She informed the Woodmen organization which was surprised to learn what she had found.

Harting spoke to the organizationís home office and it was decided the plots would be quit deeded to the City of Salmon for use by veterans and their spouses.

After the Wednesday evening presentation the council discussed what financial standards to include in the soon-to-be created application. It was decided that before drafting an application, all local veteranís services organizations will be contacted for input.


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