Ashland's Hargadine Cemetery Dates Back to 1867
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
By Nancy Hoffman
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One-year-old Katie Hargadine died in December 1867. She was the daughter of Robert Hargadine, one of the founders of Ashland Mills, a small settlement that later became Ashland, Ore.
The Hargadine family needed a place to bury their baby and turned to James Haworth, who provided an acre and a half of land. Two weeks later Cuyler Farnham, a child of Allen and Sarah Farnham, died. Haworth then deeded the land to the two families on the condition that it was for burial of the dead and no other purpose. Soon the cemetery accommodated other pioneer families, including the Wimers and the Klums. The body of Ashmun J. Butler, who died in January of 1859, was moved to the cemetery when it became available.
Situated on hardpan and granite, the cemetery was not easy digging. Eventually, families were charged a dollar per plot to help pay for blasting powder.
Today, the Hargadine Cemetery belongs to the city and nestles along Sheridan Street on the north end of Ashland. Visitors will find grave stones of pioneers, monuments for soldiers killed in the Indian Wars, and modest tablets for mothers who died in childbirth in the 19th century.
Today’s episode of As It Was was written by Nancy Hoffman, the program producer is Raymond Scully. I’m Shirley Patton. As It Was is a co-production of JPR and the Southern Oregon Historical Society. To share stories or learn more about the series, visit asitwas – dot.org.
Sources: Internet: National Register of Historic Places - Hargadine Cemetery
Http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/ashland/har.htm, accessed Oct. 19, 2011; Oregon Pioneer Biographies - Robert B. Hargadine. http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~orgenweb/bios/rhargadine.html, accessed Oct.19, 2011