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The Jindra Cemetery, laid out in 1873, was known as Maple Grove Cemetery. It is situated on the northwest quarter of the southeast quarter of section 2, township 7, north of range 4, east of the 6th P. M. Saline county, Nebraska., being approximately one and one-half miles south and east of Crete. The above forty acre tract was conveyed, November 26, 1873, by Wencl Jelinek and Annie Jelinek, his wife, to the directors of the said Maple Grove Cemetery, namely: G. W. Bridges, Charles Little, James Donnelly, J. R. Webster, and E. O. Wallace.
The Riverside Cemetery was platted September 13, 1879. The first addition to this cemetery was platted October 13, 1884; the second, August 30, 1887; the third, August 4, 1888, and the fourth, June 23, 1920.
Mr. Jesse C. Bickle laid out Riverside Cemetery in 1879, it being twenty acres in southeast corner of section 28, township 8. range 4. After Mr. Bickle had platted the cemetery he offered cemetery lots free of charge to those who had people buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, better known to the people of Crete as “Jindra Cemetery.” Quite a number availed themselves of the opportunity and many bodies were removed to Riverside.
The Riverside Cemetery was managed by Mr. J. C. Bickle until his death in 1885, after which his widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Bickle took charge until her death in 1900. She willed the cemetery to her brother, Mr. I. F. Hunt, who managed it until 1910. In 1910 Mr. Theo. Haden Sr. purchased the cemetery from Mr. Hunt and is in charge at the present time.
Among those buried here are:
Barragar, Capt. Charles R, Co. D, 3rd Wisconsin Vol. Inf. b. 1838; d. 1898.
Bickle, J. C. b. Mch. 12, 1820; d. Oct. 8, 1885.
Bickle, Mrs Elizabeth M. b. Apr. 24, 1830; d. Nov. 13, 1900.
Foss, May A. Ingerson, wife of Samuel Reed Foss b. Sept. 12, 1822; d. July 27, 1899.
Foss, Samuel Reed, b. Feby. 10, 1826; d. Mch. 17, 1914.
Gibson, Nathaniel (father of Lucretia Gibson) b. Dec. 24, 1784; d. Nov. 10, 1873.
Gibson, Lucretia, b. Oct. 22, 1824; d. July 29, 1902.
Holland, J. T. (son-in-law of Mr. J. C. Bickle, founder of the G. A. R. Post at Crete, known as the Holland Post. A pyramid monument is at the head of his grave), b. 1845, d. 1881.
Miller, Anna D. b. Feby. 16, 1818; d. Nov. 23, 1892.
Miller, Julius C. b. May 31, 1816; d. July 23, 1894
Perry, David Brainard, (the first president of Doane College, whose father- in-law, Col. Thomas Doane, was the founder of Doane College, has a big boulder at the head of his grave); b. 1839; d. 1912.
Powell, Wm. F. b. 1788; d. June 24, 1875.
Sherod, Elizabeth (mother of J. C. Bickle) b. Dec. 15, 1794; d. Sept. 3, 1864.
White, Ezra, b. Apr. 21, 1819; d. Oct. 24, 1891.
White, Eliza M., wife of Ezra White, b. Aug. 21, 1823; d. Sept. 10, 1901
Whitten, Rev. A. T., b. 1809; d. May 22, 1883.
Whitten, Eleanor, wife of Rev. A. T. Whitten, b. 1810; d. May 22, 1883.
Contributed by MRS. B. G. MILLER.