Tonawanda News — “He built a raised bed and filled it with colored pea stone to create a safe place for the stones and so they would be visible from the street, then trimmed and cleaned up the tree line at the back of the cemetery,” his mother, Holly Dawson, said.
Jacob Dawson received a great deal of support from his fellow troop members, his parents, Holly and Leo Dawson, and brother Zackery, also a member of Troop 8, friends and troop leaders including Todd Fisher, Joe Fournier, Scott Henry, Steve Wilsey and Howard Morgan.
The Niagara County Historian’s office provided a list of those buried in the cemetery and Gilbert provided a list of deceased to compare with the county’s list.
“Mr. Gilbert was also the source of the interesting history of the cemetery and guided me in deciding how to handle the headstones in the cemetery,” Jacob said. “He suggested having the stones in a raised bed.”
“Jeff Stowell, from the Pendleton Highway Department was a big help on the project,” Dawson said. “Mr. Stowell provided dirt on two occasions, the mulch for around the sign and trees, removed the brush that had been cut down, and sent equipment to the site to remove a boulder.”
Ed Dore donated the trees, “a wonderful contribution” and a donation from the Daughters of the American Revolution helped fund the project.
Jacob attended the cemetery’s re-dedication ceremony Saturday, along with his scout leader, Todd Fisher; Jim Riester, supervisor of the Town of Pendleton; Barbara Diebold, regent, Niagara Falls Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, and members of Boy Scout Troop 8.