The Ely Community History Society is pleased to announce that we are the recipient of a $200.00 grant from the State Association for the Preservation of Iowa Cemeteries (SAPIC). The grant is to be used toward the Fackler's Grove Cemetery Project.
SAPIC was formed in 1996 as a result of legislation that allowed for each of Iowa's 99 counties to create a County Cemetery Commission. The focus of these Commissions was to rescue untended pioneer graves and cemeteries and to take responsibility for the upkeep of such sites. Iowa law defines a Pioneer Cemetery as one in which there have been 12 or fewer burials in the past 50 years.
Please visit the SAPIC web site to find out more about this organization.
The last burial at Fackler's Grove Cemetery was in 1917, so it qualifies as a pioneer cemetery. You may view known burials in the cemetery at the Find A Grave web site.