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MC fraternies, Boy Scouts plant trees at cemetery

Members of Monmouth College’s Phi Delta Theta and Phi Gamma Delta fraternities teamed up with local Boy Scout Troop 355 earlier this month to plant trees in the historic Pioneer Cemetery in Monmouth. The goal is to help the site return to its natural beauty from more than a century ago.

Troop 355, which has been involved with ongoing restoration efforts at the historic cemetery, obtained funds for the trees from the Addleman Foundation in Monmouth.

While preparing to do restoration work last fall, Eagle Scout Nick Mainz was given an 1887 article from the Monmouth newspaper that described the cemetery’s "majestic trees.” That led to the groups planting varieties that would have been found during the mid-1800s, when the cemetery was established. Eighteen hard woods, including white oak, scarlet oak, hackberry, walnut and burr oak were planted, along with white pine, Norway spruce and lilac bushes.