By Terry Harpole
MABEN — The memorial for Maben Memorial Garden was June 7 with one of the largest crowds in attendance since the memorials were started.
The cemetery is located on the road from Maben going toward Holland Crossing and Clarkson. At this location was once an apple orchard owned by the Holland family, longtime residents of the Maben area.
In the 1800s, the Holland family donated the land for a cemetery and requested that lots would be available for any member of the family who would wish to be buried there.
In 1837, the old Maben Cemetery was established, with the first burial being that of Thomas B. Heintz. Since that time, several Holland family members have been buried there.
Many veterans are also buried there, including one who was a veteran of three wars, Capt. George W. Naron, and his wife.
The Maben Lions Club and many other people have worked and purchased land next to the old cemetery to create Maben Memorial Garden.
A few years ago, the Maben Memorial Garden Cemetery Board wanted to have memorials, and since no church is at the cemetery, the board requested that Maben United Methodist Church be the home for the memorials.
The Maben UMC Official Board voted to call off services each first Sunday in June and be the home of the memorial for the cemetery, with all money taken up on that day going to the upkeep and maintenance of the cemetery.
Delivering the memorial sermon June 7 were the Rev. David Hamilton, who for the past few years has been pastor of West Heights Baptist Church in Pontotoc; and Glenn Hamilton from the Maben area, who has held many offices, including chairman of the state Parole Board, state senator and now serving his first term as Oktibbeha County circuit clerk.
The two Hamiltons are first cousins, whose fathers once owned the feed mill in Maben and are no strangers of people in Maben.
They had taken a stroll in the cemetery, noting names of people buried there. Both told of how much many of the people buried there had inspired them and told many stories about them, keeping the attention of all people attending.
After the services, which was the ninth memorial held here, the people in attendance, from many places, gathered in the fellowship hall for a covered-dish lunch and a time of visiting.
The Cemetery Board thanks all the people for their support and help in having these memorials, and will be planning for the memorial next year on the first Sunday In June.