GRAHAM IS BROUGHT BACK HERE FOR HIS FINAL REST
______________ The Petersburg Observer July 28, 1933 ______________
Above: Mentor Graham's burial place in Farmers Point Cemetery, Rt. 97 South of Petersburg, IL
Picture taken by Stan Lowe June 2007
REMAINS OF SCHOOLMASTER BURIED AT FARMERS POINT
On Sunday, July 23, a beautiful and impressive memorial service was
held at Farmers Point cemetery when the remains of Mentor Graham were
returned to remit beside his wife and family.
A great nephew, Rev. Jerry Wallace, rector of Christ Episcopal Church,
of Springfield, read the burial service, the audience joining with him
in repeating the Lord’s Prayer. E. M. Augrapurger,
Superintendant of Menard county schools gave a brief
inspirational talk, drawing out the likeness between the Great Teacher
and those who, like Mentor Graham, emphasize the sacredness
of public trust, and the responsibility of their relationship toward
their pupils. He paid a loving tribute to the Pioneer Schoolmaster,
Mentor Graham, on behalf of he teachers of Menard county.
Mr. Augapurger introduced Dr. Nichols, Vice President of the Central
Division of the Illinois State Teachers Association. Dr. Nichols gave
an example of a man who can say much in a brief space of time. He
stressed the insight of Mentor Graham and was able to recognize the
calibre of the mind of the young man, Abraham Lincoln; the
never-failing guidance in the right direction when Lincoln
Expressed a desire for public life; and the training in those studies
necessary for such a career. He closed his remark by quoting from R. B.
Rutledge, “I know, from my own knowledge that
‘Graham did more than all others to educate
Dr. Nichols was followed by Judge Stringer of the Logan County Court, a
diligent student of all Lincoln biographies, who gave one of his
rounding tributes to the man, Abraham Lincoln, and to his teacher,
Mentor Graham. He too, emphasized the sympathy and understanding when
Mentor Graham felt for Lincoln, who .. Only nine years younger than
himself. He spoke with conviction, the life-long influence of
Mentor Graham’s tutorship upon Lincoln and .. His
too brief talk with a generous tribute to those who had been
Instrumental in returning the pioneer schoolmaster to his natural
resting place in Menard county.
… Carol Propst Barnett sang “A Perfect
Day”, sweetly and tenderly, .. Rounding out most fittingly
the history of Mentor Graham, brought back from among strangers by his
grandchildren to rest in peace and security among those with whom he
lived and labored, and by whom he was beloved.
Four of his former pupils in Menard county acted as pallbearers, all
past seventy years of age. They were John Terhune of Sweetwater, and
Will Clark, Septinius Weatherby and Willard Henderson of Petersburg.
A large number of person attended these services, among whom were Hon.
Logan Hay, president of the Abraham Lincoln Association of Springfield;
several representative members of the Menard county Chapter of D.A.R.
and the Old Salem Lincoln League; Mr. Lukenbill, Supt. Of Logan county
schools; County Superintendent of Mason County Schools Mr. Stoddard and
his wife; former County Superintendent of Menard, Wm. Small and
family; many teachers still in the profession as well as
several who have retired from active service, and a large number of
members of the Fortnightly and Womans Club of Greenview.
Mr. Lukenbill of Lincoln was able to decipher the inscription on the
tombstone at the head of the grave of Sarah Rafferty Graham, the wife
of Mentor Graham. It is, “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do,
do it with thy might for there is no devise, no knowledge, nor no
wisdom in the grave whither thou goesth.” which precept was
a favorite of Mentor Graham’s.
Source: The Petersburg Observer newspaper, (Menard County) Petersburg,
IL July 28, 1933
Transcribed by: Jeanie (Hale) Lowe