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By Garth Meyer
Gazette Reporter 

Markers for infants' graves uncovered at Colfax Cemetery


December 26, 2019

Joe Rupe

Joe Rupe, maintenance sexton for Colfax Cemetery, points out where sunken grave markers were discovered this fall in the infant burial section.

After a newborn died last August in Colfax, preparations were made for burial.

Joe Rupe, sexton for Colfax Cemetery, as part of standard procedure, probed a spot of ground with a long metal rod, drilling down four feet to be sure it was clear to dig.

"Lo and behold, I started to find gravestones," said Rupe.

Since that incident – which expanded to include finding markers for two sets of twins – Rupe continued to probe, finding 16 infant grave markers ranging from the years 1937 to 1974, at 18 inches to two feet underground.

"It's odd that the (markers) have not been discovered befor...

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