© 2024 WVIK
Listen at 90.3 FM and 98.3 FM in the Quad Cities, 95.9 FM in Dubuque, or on the WVIK app!
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Anonymous Donor Gives Cemetery $300,000

RI Gov

A historic cemetery in Rock Island will fix up roads and monuments.

Chippiannock Cemetery has received $300,000 through the Oregon Community Foundation. The donor is anonymous.
Chippiannock Superintendent Jared Vogele says the money will be used for long planned improvements.

"The bulk of the money is going to go towards some much needed improvement of the roads in the cemetery. We've been trying to raise funds- for several years now- to try to repair some area of the roadway that have developed potholes and things. They we're probably put in sometime in the 50's or the early 60s."

Many families buried relatives in the cemetery, such as the Weyerhaeusers and the Denkmanns who founded a well- known lumber company.
Vogele says the donation came at the perfect time.

"This just kind of came out of the blue, we didn't solicit this. It just kind of fell into our laps so we're very grateful for it." We're just counting our blessing at this point I suppose."

The Chippiannock Cemetery is maintained by grants and donations through its Heritage Foundation. Learn more at the cemetery's website.

Susanna Kemerling is WVIK Quad Cities NPR's 2022 Fellowship Host/Reporter. She graduated from Northern Illinois University for Media Studies in Communication and spent the last year working as a Teaching Assistant through the graduate program at NIU.