Old Dillard Cemetery ~ Dillard Mills, MO
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 37° 43.200 W 091° 12.288
15S E 658217 N 4176265
Quick Description: The town moved a mile north, the mill closed here, but the cemetery is still in use by descendants of the pioneers from here.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 1/2/2011 7:57:21 AM
Waymark Code: WMADWH
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member Max Cacher
Views: 2

Long Description:

Number of Graves: 155 (I counted)
I know the marker text says 139, but a couple of veterans and a couple of family members have been interred here since the marker was installed.
County of Cemetery: Crawford County
Location of Cemetery: Dillard Mill Rd., Dillard Mill State Park, 1 mile S. of Dillard
Marker provided by: Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Division of State Parks
Marker Text:


You are standing on the road originally led to the Old Dillard Cemetery. This cemetery is often confused by visitors with another located on the hill in the present village of Dillard.

The oldest grave in this cemetery belongs to Eliza Wisdom, who died in 1833. She was a relative of Francis Wisdom, owner of the area's first gristmill. Many of the other 138 known graves bear the family names of those who first settled the area -- Cottrells, Colemans, Huitts, and Mischkes.

The large, dark gray granite monument at the back of the cemetery is Marie Mischke's (1872-1944). She was the sister of Emil Mischke, who built the mill that has since become the state historic site. Marie Mischke purchased the mill from her brother in 1907 and owned it ten years before selling it back to him. The image of her in an ankle-length skirt doing "a man's work running the mill" was vivid in the recollections of older area residents.

[A copy of the newspaper obituary for Marie Mischke is also included on the marker.]

City, Town, or Parish / State / Country: Dillard Mills, Crawford County, Missouri

Approximate number of graves: 155

Cemetery Status: Inactive Maintained

Cemetery Website: [Web Link]

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