Forest Hill Teaches Area History Lessons Unique Cemetery Is More Than Just a Typical Burial Ground, It's Where We Learn about Our Past

By Holtsberg, Heather | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), May 14, 2001 | Go to article overview

Forest Hill Teaches Area History Lessons Unique Cemetery Is More Than Just a Typical Burial Ground, It's Where We Learn about Our Past


Holtsberg, Heather, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Heather Holtsberg Daily Herald Staff Writer

Forest hill Cemetery is a wealth of information and historic legends.

Because the Glen Ellyn graveyard at 444 N. Main St. is permanent home to historic figures, some see it as a way to better understand local history.

"Forest Hill cemetery is the history of Glen Ellyn," said Ruth Wright, president of the local historic society.

Beginning with the relocation of 21-year-old Amanda Churchill's remains in 1833 from the original burial site in the back yard of her family's log cabin, forest Hill became the final resting place for many of Glen Ellyn's founding family members.

In 1835, Almira Dodge became the second person to be buried in the cemetery. she was the daughter of William Dodge, one of Glen Ellyn's founders and a Civil War veteran. Almira Dodge was only 24.

"There is no question that life on the prairie was tough," Wright said. "There were times when different diseases went through and killed lots of people."

The grave markers for both young women act as a testament to the difficult times the founders of Glen Ellyn endured.

"The cemetery dovetails beautifully with the actual history that kids learn in school," Wright said. "The cemetery can personalize what they're learning in the broader scope."

Lessons about warfare and the enormous number of lives lost in wars also can be seen while visiting Forest Hill.

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