Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Landmines Would Be More Effective

If you need to visit the Olive Branch Cemetery in Frankenmuth Township, Michigan, be sure to wear Kevlar.

[June] Finger and others can't visit the gravesites because back in 1963, the cemetery was sold by a trustee of the now defunct Olive Branch Methodist Church.

It was sold to Saginaw attorney Joseph Trogan, who has since given the property to his son. The purchase price was $1.

According to the people who try to visit, the younger Trogan guards the property. He claims he protects it from grave robbers, but Kathy Schlegel has relatives there.

"When he kicked us off, he had a gun in his hand," she said. [Link]

Andy E. Wold

"Cemetery Regulation

"Statutory authority for the regulation of cemeteries can be found in Act 251 of the Public Acts of 1968, as amended. The Act requires the Cemetery Commissioner to audit cemetery trust funds, approve cemetery ownership changes, investigate applications for new cemeteries, and investigate complaints from the public regarding cemeteries. Cemeteries owned and operated by a municipality, church or religious institution are exempt from the Act."

SOURCE: http://www.michigan.gov/cis/0,1607,7-154-35299_35414_35457-114303--,00.html


I hope the Cemetery Commissioner packs heat.

Andy E. Wold

I hope so too. On Utah's books, we have a law that specifically states that landowners of cemeteries must give access to any and all visitors.

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