Bleecker Historical Society installs historical markers

John Bleyl and family

BLEECKER — The Bleecker Historical Society dedication of markers at four cemeteries in the town took place Aug. 11. Prior to unveiling the signs, Bleecker Town Historian Eleanor Brooks gave a brief presentation on early history of the town and its early settlers at the town hall, according to a news release.

Following the presentation those present proceeded to Lindsley Corners Cemetery, on off-highway burial spot on Route 125, which is the oldest cemetery in town. Cousins Michael Baird and Steven Woodcock, sixth generation descendants of Baird family, early settlers in that end of town, unveiled the marker. Another early family in the north end of town was the Lindsley family for whom the cemetery is named.

The group then headed south to Route 112 where a marker was unveiled at the Bleecker Center Cemetery by society member Lorraine Bleyl. Bleyl last year sparked a fund drive for the markers raising 50 percent of needed funds with the society providing the balance.

Further south along Route 112 a marker for the St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery was unveiled by society trustee Danial Brink whose parents and grandmother rest at that spot. Brink undertook the labor of erecting all four signs for the society.

Again proceeding south to Route 309, those in attendance gathered at the second oldest cemetery in town called Bleecker Factory Cemetery, another off-highway burial spot. Fifth generation descendant John Bleyl, assisted by the family and a seventh generation descendant granddaughter, did the honors at this location. There were 25 who attended the event.

Next year, the Bleecker Historical Society wants to commemorate the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery off Persh Road completing marking the five cemeteries in the town, according to a news release.

Michael Baird and Steven Woodcock