Remember When …

Kettering University students help clean up Glenwood Cemetery in Flint. Photo provided

Kettering University students help clean up Glenwood Cemetery in Flint. Photo provided

Have you ever thought there is a lot of history in a cemetery? There is a website called and you can put any name in and a state and you will find a lot of family members.

In my research into my families and others you can find where the family migrated to. I went to one Ohio City and found 95 of my family members buried there very interesting, who knew.

The first records of cemeteries started as Roman path in like the catacombs or throughout history graveyard (or cemetery was used interchangeable) a churchyard or burial ground.

The ancient people were buried in sand pits at first then to cut outs in the rocks, so bodies would not wash away.

Ancient Egyptian Pyramids are believed to have been built about 2,600 BCE, the Pharaohs were buried there too, with their riches.

Arlington National Cemetery is in Washington D.C. is a Veteran Cemetery started in 1864 in May because the local cemeteries were over-crowded with soldiers.

The Tomb of the unknown Solider, which overlooks the cemetery, began Nov. 11, 1921, three years after WWI ended.

We have the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan to honor veterans and in Genesee County we have many Veteran Parks.

Glenwood Cemetery is one of the oldest in Flint (that I know of) and it is the rest place of many loved ones from families all over our county.

Established in 1855 with 47 acres, there are 1,000 trees of 57 species (according their website).

There are a lot of movers and shakers who built Flint and are buried there, including 29 famous families mentioned in their brochure. They have historical walking tours throughout the year.

The cemetery is part of the Jacob Smith Reservation, who was the first white settler in Flint, He was a fur trader who worked with the Chippewa tribe. I was called by a friend to go see the new Kettering University students, as part of their orientation was to do community service. The Kettering students had a great time learning the history of the Glenwood and by trimming overgrown vegetation and cleaning some old headstones.

Former Flint mayor Dayne Walling is on the Glenwood historical board member and Lilly from Kettering was in charge of the project to organize and got supplies from a professor from U of M-Flint to clean off the headstones with special chemicals that would save the graves. Then Matt Bartman came with his water truck to hose them down.

The Stone Family Marker was the one I watched get cleaned very interesting. Oren Stone, born in New York 1833, was a business owner in Flint and partner with Thayer to purchase a Music Hall built in 1883. The rest is part of the history you will learn on the tour.

Remember When is a weekly column in the Burton View featuring historical stories about the community from the Burton Area Historical Society. If you have some Burton history to share, email