Logan Family Cemetery

Logan Family Cemetery, Dallas Township, Hancock County, Illinois

This Logan family cemetery burial list was drawn up by Warren L. Van Dine March 7, 1972.  He made a trip to it earlier that day.

It is now a completely abandoned graveyard.  All traces of it such as monuments, fencing, trees, shrubbery have been removed from the field where it was located.  Location is a present-day cultivated farm field on a farm in the extreme northeast corner of Dallas Township.

Mr. Victor Lung, of Colusa went with the writer to the farm where he stated in the present day and occupants, the Nixon family, have resided since 1918.  He recalled as a boy in the opening years of our Twentieth Century trampling the fields east of the farm house and seeing the Logan family cemetery with a handful of weathered aged stones.  He described it as an oasis in the interior of the cultivated fields, the farmer out of respect for it ploughing around it.

There are no monuments and no plot in the field today.  Mr. Nixon did not recall ever seeing it there during his lifetime.

It is believed today that some owner of the property previous to the Nixon ownership removed the stones, digging down and burying them where they were, or perhaps hauling them off to a ditch somewhere.  Mr. Nixon was able to furnish one valuable piece of information.  Somewhere he had picked up the names, dates are not at this time (1972) available.

In this project all cemeteries in the history of Hancock County are being listed even in the abandoned ones from which the deceased have been removed for reinterment elsewhere.  If people of the county ever have slept in death and a certain point on the map of the county the location and names of the place is wanted in this project.

In this case, however, there have been no disinterments. The dead Logan's are still here in the farm earth waiting for us the living to give them status in society in our history and research.

Each list and this Warren L. Van dine project represents the founders and deceased of that particular burying ground as exactly as possible. Any disregard of the intent and facts of the list constitute an unjust presentation of the expressed wishes of the people concerned there and at a time when they were helpless in death and unable to defend their interests.

This particular farm where these members of the Logan family and accorded eternal rest is one of the most isolated and difficult to find in Hancock County.  To get to it the motorists turns right off Illinois hard road No. 94 just south of Dallas City traveling north to the city and goes eastward on a county blacktop which is about 1 mile south of and parallel with the Henderson County line.  A half mile or so off to the east there is a lane like road off to the north which winds around and goes uphill and down possibly as far as the half mile into the hills and ravines of the heartland of Dallas Township here by the Mississippi River.

Back in their finally at the end of this narrow road is a farm house and a set of farm buildings where the Nixon family lives.  One of the sons of Mr. and Mrs. Nixon is now married and he and has attractive young wife live a stone's throw from the farm house in a mobile home.  One of the daughters is also married now and this young Nixon bride and her young husband live in another mobile house nearby.

Two of the three families apparently operate the farm and make a living from its clay hills.  In the other family, that of the Nixon son, they obtain a livelihood from a good paying job which he holds at the Burlington, Iowa ordnance plant up the river.

There was quite a bit of livestock on this farm, cattle, hogs, and some sheep, when the writer of this, Warren L. Van Dine, and Mrs. Victor Lung visited it March 7, 1972.

There was also some young children about old enough to walk, not much older, in evidence on the farm, born of course to the two young couples.

The two visitors walked back into the farm field where one of them, Mr. Lung, had played among the Logan monuments as a boy.  They were just barely able to walk back there without miring down.  On the way Mr. Lung stated he was 69 years old, meaning he was born just after the turn of the century (the 1900 point).

He also said he had a brother named Mark Lung, a retired farmer, 12 years older than he was (81) who resided at 910 West Wabash Street in the Carthage (the County Seat of Hancock County).  As it was thought he might recall considerable about the Logan family burial plot as he was older at the time the Lungs were around the place.  The writer of this, Warren L. Van Dine, went to his home after parting with from Victor at his Colusa   home.

He found Mark Lung practically confined to his rocking chair, on massive big boned man with a heavy and boxing champions build and physique whose best days and productive years were behind him.  He just barely can hear well enough to carry on a conversation.

He recalled the Logan family cemetery of Dallas Township from his long departed boyhood, tramping through it, but was not well enough to supply any details.

He was married to a former grade school teacher of the county of the top end of Dallas Township.  The woman, very intelligent, still in full command of her faculties and able to navigate around her home as easily as she ever did, told me now she taught the young generation of World War one days to read, write, and Seifert in rural grade schools of the top half of the county for many years.  Counting 21 working days to the month.  And how she drove horses through mud and snow in the zero winter weather to get to these schools in God forsaken remote places.

The job didn't pay $6,000 a year then as now, the minimum grade school teacher's salary as of 1972.  And there were no such present-day conveniences such as dining room service, buses hauling kids in from their homes and gymnasiums.  It was a dog's life back there but Mrs. Lung recalled it with deep satisfaction as a part of her life invested in a constructive service to mankind.

The writer and Mr. Victor Lung also tried to reach and talk to Mr. Clarence Logan, an aged retired farmer who reside on the Hancock County side of the Henderson County line.  From his front yard one can throw a stone across the road into Henderson County.  He is believed to be the only present-day member of the Logan family living or at least in the neighborhood.

The long abandoned Enterprise United Brethren Church buildings of rural Durham Township is located in his barnyard where it is now in use for storage of farm tools, and not far off to the west of it is the Church cemetery known in the county annals as the Enterprise Cemetery of Durham Township.

See the Enterprise Cemetery list in this project for an account of the visits of Warren L. Van Dine to this farm in the early summer of 1967.

On this second visit of March 7, 1972 To the Logan farm the writer found Mr. Logan very feeble.  When he came to the door he related how his wife inside was in an invalid condition.  It was so obvious he would be unable to relate anything about the Logan burying ground the two visitors did not even go in the house but went on their way.

If and when it ever becomes possible to give a  list of exactly who is interred in the Logan family cemetery and dates, these will be included in this list.  In the meanwhile, more probably for all time as the mists if the past, a hundred years anyway, have about closed over these dead pioneer Americans, this list just describing and locating the place will be set up by way of indicating it is a known Historic fact such people did at one time live in Dallas Township and are at rest beneath its soil.  If one is a Christian believer one must feel the facts of their lives and resting places is known to almighty God and they are in his hands if not to man.