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Centerville Catholic Cemetery
Centerville, Boise County, Idaho

Contributed by Wes Blair, May 2000 [sinatra@magiclink.com]. Total records = 7.

The Idaho Statesman, 14 May 1933, carried an interesting article on the preservation of graveyards in Centerville, Idaho. Mrs. Ruth Ballard, member of the Boise Chapter DAR, accompanied by Mrs. C.W. Brassey, copied all of the tombstone inscriptions which were legible - and I quote "Upon inquiry, we found that there are two burial plots in this village, the one called The Odd Fellows Cemetery and the other, The Catholic Cemetery...the forest fires of 1931 had burned over both these plots, destroying all wooden markers or leaving charred remnants upon which no inscription was discernible. In the Odd Fellows Cemetery we found the following graves, marked by well-preserved stones:"

Currie, Thomas, b. no date, d. 10-Jun-11, Age 76 years, Husband of Lizzie Redmond, native of New Brunswick
Currie, Baby, b. no date, d. no date
Redmond, Lizzie Redmond, b. no date, d. 21 Jul 1884, Age 21y 5m 24d, Gone but not Forgotten, A voice we loved is stilled, A place is vacant in our hearts, That never can filled, Wife of Thomas Currie and daughter of M. Redmond

Near this grave were five or six unmarked graves, which had recently been built up and decorated with flowers. We found upon returning to Centerville, that these belong to the Koppes family. Grandma Koppes still lives there [ed.1933] in what is called the Old Koppes Home. Graves are:

Koppes, Mr.
Koppes, John
Koppes, Ben
Koppes, Little Freddie

 

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