Members of Boy Scout Troop 40, sponsored by the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sycamore, cleaned up Joiner Cemetery on May 24. The cemetery, located just east of Five Points Road on Old State Road is sited in a cornfield, which makes it inaccessible during the growing season.
At least eight scouts and eight adults, including a descendent of the Joiner family of Sycamore, used three lawnmowers, five weed-trimmers, rakes and an assortment of gardening tools to make the cemetery presentable for Memorial Day ceremonies.
“Over a decade ago, our troop saw a need to maintain this historic cemetery,” Scoutmaster Jeff Voigt said in a news release. “It has become a labor of love for us, an annual ritual before the Memorial Day remembrance.”
The cemetery was established in the late 1870s on the land owned by Adelbert Joiner, one of the cemetery’s first internees. The last burial was made in the early 1900s. Though the cemetery was primarily a family burial ground, some of those interred are not from the Joiner family.