Old cemeteries topic for Livingston Historical

Kenny Kleinpeter spoke about the Bird, St. Alphonsus and John Frances Kleinpeter cemeteries to the Edward Livingston Historical Association on Oct. 16 at the Livingston Parish Library’s Livingston Branch.

Bird Cemetery, on Ben Hur Road, is owned by LSU. In 1811, an earthquake damaged the cemetery and changed the course of the Mississippi River. Monuments at the site are being reconstructed from fragments. LSU plans to fence the area so what remains there will more likely remain intact, Kleinpeter said.

Kleinpeter examined the St. Alphonsus Cemetery, on Greenwell Springs Road, to determine where clear areas are to provide more building space for the church. There are 150 burials there, with 30 to 40 unmarked. Vaults and wooden caskets are found by probing with an iron rod. The Kleinpeter Cemetery may be 200 years old, Kleinpeter said.

Kleinpeter said probing must be systematic. A half-acre cemetery takes several months to probe with about 70,000 pokes.

Laura Blokker, of Southeast Preservation, will update her survey of Livingston Parish buildings more than 50 years old at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20. Lenny Zimmerman will speak about genetic testing and genealogy at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. Both meetings are at the library, 20390 Iowa St., Livingston.

Friendship Force plans tree decorating, party

The Friendship Force of Baton Rouge met Oct. 20 at at St. Paul Lutheran Church.

President Thornton Cofield announced that Friendship Force members will decorate a Christmas tree on Nov. 9 at the Jones Creek Library. Barbara Wittkopf thanked volunteers who helped at the Oct. 4 garage sale at her home. Exchange Director Keith Corkern reported on the visit from Friendship Force Club of Reno, Nevada. Chair Gayle Duncan reported on the Christmas party to be held Dec. 6 at Jim Willis and Emily Stitch’s home.

For information on Friendship Force, call Frances Bennett, (225) 926-4710.

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