RED OAK GROVE REPORTER – Issue No. V, April 2010

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Issue No. 5                                                                                    April 2010




Church and Cemetery on National Register


            Red Oak Grove Church and Cemetery are now on the National Register of Historic Places, our country’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. This honor was received Feb. 3, 2010, following an involved nomination process that began nearly two years earlier. The nomination was submitted by members of the Red Oak Grove Cemetery Association Board. Final approval was granted by the National Park Service in Washington, D.C.


May 16: Reunion and Annual Meeting


            The fourth annual Red Oak Grove Reunion and 119th Annual Meeting will take place Sunday, May 16, at the church. The traditional schedule will be followed: an 11:00 a.m. service, a noon potluck dinner, and the 1:00 p.m. meeting. Pastor Ron Lashmit, State Representative Jeff Kauffman, and organist Mary Barnum will conduct the service. Singer Dan Boddicker will perform special music. Mr. Kauffman is from Wilton, the others from Tipton.

            This occasion is especially meaningful to persons, whose forebears belonged to the church or are buried in the cemetery. However, anyone interested is welcome.


Proposal for cemetery kiosk


            A proposal to place an informational kiosk in Red Oak Grove Cemetery will be introduced at the Cemetery Board meeting May 6 by President Bob Rickard. Cemetery maps, a listing of graves and lots, and other information about the church and cemetery would be displayed on the kiosk. If the Board approves, the proposal will be on the May 16 Annual Meeting agenda.

          The kiosk would feature two brick pillars, Iowa limestone, and a Plexiglas display case. A National Register of Historic Places plaque would be affixed. Bob said, "Red Oak Grove Cemetery has long needed a way to help visitors, locate the graves of their family members, and the kiosk would attractively fill this need."




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A glimpse of history: 1920


            Ninety years ago this spring or summer, ground was broken for the current Red Grove Church building. The exact groundbreaking date is unknown. A Cedar Rapids, Evening Gazette article of July 29, 1920, indicates that the foundation had been laid before that date. Excerpts follow:


            "Work on the new Presbyterian church in the Red Oak Grove settlement is progressing nicely. The community of Red Grove (sic) is .a progressive one, as the new church is bearing out this fact. The structure … will be the finest country church to be found anywhere.

          "Red Oak Grove … is in the heart of a beautiful piece of country… The funds for the erection of the church were raised by the members of the church and the people of the community in general. It will always remain a monument to the progressiveness of Red Oak Grove."


4              Red Oak Grove was named by the pioneers, who found many red oak trees mi the area. This tree can grow up to 80 feet tall, with a trunk diameter of 2 to 4 feet. Its acorns are eaten by deer, bears, raccoons, squirrels, turkeys, ducks, quail, and several kinds of smaller birds. (Readers Digest “North American Wildlife", Copyright 1982)


4              History needs maintaining. Donations of any amount are always welcome and needed for the care and preservation of Red Oak Grove Church and Cemetery. Donors may specify how their gifts will be used, either for the endowment fund (which generates interest to provide perpetual care) or for a special project. All donations are tax deductible. For more information, call Board president, Bob Rickard, (563) 886-6018, or contact him at the addresses below.


DOING GENEALOGY? Be sure to check the Red Oak Grove website, Lots of information, and some great-photos, too!


Do you have comments, ideas, or suggestions? Do you know someone, who would like to
receive the Red Oak Grove Reporter? Contact Bob Rickard, Board president,
at P. O. Box 452, Tipton, IA 52772 or bbrick@iowatelecom. net.



 Published at Tipton, Iowa, April 2010


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