Cemetery Stone Damage
I am a World War II army veteran, born in Bethel in 1926. On the afternoon of Sunday, May 26, I traveled to the Riverside Cemetery in Bethel. My trip was to “decorate” the graves of my great-grandparents, Albion and Jenny Herrick.
Imagine my dismay and anger when I discovered that the large family stone had been tipped over, either by accident or by vandalism.
My great-grandfather, Albion, had been a partner in Herrick Brothers Machine Shop, adjacent to the railroad tracks in the early 1900s. With my parents, I had visited that machine shop business in about 1931 or 1932, and we had stayed overnight with my great-grandparents in their large home on Vernon Street across from the funeral home.
I have contacted the Sheriff’s deputy to report the incident. I also contacted the cemetery’s superintendent. He assured me that the stone will soon be restored to its original position.