Ida Township is awaiting an estimate on replacing eight headstones in the Lulu Cemetery that were severely damaged by vandals last month.
The township is awaiting a valuation of the marble headstones by Carter’s Cemetery Preservation Inc., a monument company from Michigan familiar with their design and composition, Clerk Karen Lieb said.
The information, which is expected to be provided next week, was requested by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office that is investigating the vandalism that was done May 13-14.
The sheriff’s office is “ready to prosecute” someone and needs the cost of replacing the stones to proceed, Ms. Lieb said Tuesday. The township believes whoever is responsible should be held liable for the damage, she noted.
In the meantime, the township is still trying to reach family owners of the damaged stones, some of which date back more than 100 years. Only one family has come forward so far to take responsibility for replacing a stone, she said.
The township is still looking for any information on the other names. The Monroe County Genealogical Society is assisting to identify the owners.
“We’ve had offers from people willing to restore them,” she said.
The names on the damaged headstones were Toburen; John West; son of Harriot West; Harriot West, possibly also Earl West; Minerva Wlison, wife of John Wilson, and Christian Augermason. One headstone had no name on it.
Two of the stones were damaged beyond repair and the township will have to decide what to do with the stones, the clerk said. The issue could come up at the…
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