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Woman’s Relief Corps Purchases Cemetery Plot

Posted By on February 3, 2012

The following article appeared in the Lykens Standard, 22 August 1902:


LYKENS — The Woman’s relief Corps of this place is not a large body, but notwithstanding they have labored for many years, and with good results, to advance the standard of patriotism and loyalty to country and to instill the belief that true charity arises from faith in the promises of God, and expects reward only in a future state.  To hope for recompense in this life is not beneficence, but usury.  The efforts of the Woman’s Relief Corps is never heralded by blare of trumpet or boom of cannon, but are quietly accomplished among the poor and the needy, bringing food and medicine to the sick, warm clothing and necessities to the destitute, and providing homes and schools for the children of our nation;s brave, not only caring for the living but providing a resting place for the soldier.  Several monghs ago the matter was urged by the president and her faithful executive committee, that they purchase a lot in Odd Fellows’ cemetery to be known as the Woman’s Relief Corps plot.  After consultation with members of the Odd Fellows they finally decided to make the purchase, and Monday evening the last payment on the plot was made.  Credit cannot be given to any individual person for the paymentof the deed.  It is now in the hands of the Corps and will be framed and hung in the G.A.R. hall.

The Corps had also materially aided the Sons of Veterans since its organization.  On Memorial day they presented them with a handsome bunting flag and on the 2nd inst. gave them $15 in cash.

The Odd Fellows’ Cemetery in Lykens, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania is located at the eastern end of the Lykens cemeteries which are located in the southeast section of Lykens Borough on the side of the mountain.  It is believed that the the specific plot purchased by the Woman’s Relief Corps is at the southernmost part of the Odd Fellows’ (I.O.O.F.) Cemetery near a grove of trees.  If a copy of the Woman’s Relief Corp plot deed can be located it will be posted on this blog.

The pictures below show the cemeteries in a fall setting:



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