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10, 1994 The Message --for Catholics of Southwestern Indlana 3 re destroys building, equipment at Vincennes cemetery R. LEINGANG ently been piled up between a Message editor tractor and the wall of the building, Siewers said. Some thing is that flammable liquid was also were not destroyed, used. Evidence from the scene one was hurt. That's has been sent to the state po- of Father Don- lice lab in Evansville, Siewers discussing the said. 31 which destroyed a Siewers estimated the dam- and damaged some age at $25,000 to the building, at Mount Calvary and $25,000 to the contents. in Vincennes. Vincennes Police Detective Cemetery serves all John Faulkner said the inci- the city--St, dent is under investigation, Heart and Old and that there are suspects. Father Ackerman is The valuable records have of St. John Church and been removed from the cabinet of the Vincennes Dean- in the office of the burned out building, according to Bob Tol- records -- the liver, cemetery superintendent. of such informa- He said the records are now in cases -- were in a vault, in a building at the cabinet, accord- city cemetery, which is adja- Chief Mike Siewers. cent to the Catholic cemetery. were slightly The building which was de- however, because stroyed was in a secluded area drawers had been at the back of the cemetery Open, he said. property. It has been repeat- Mount Calvary Cemetery Superintendent Bob Tolliver stands amid the rubble of the of- said an investigator edly burglarized, according to rice and storage building destroyed by fire May 31. Tolliver is standing next to the state fire marshall's Tolliver. Thefts have been re- wreckage of a tractor used for mowing grass. Behind Tolliver are portions of a wall. In aSpected the damage ported once or twice a year, front of the tractor is a a tank all that is left of an air compressor which had been through the rubble every year, in recent memory, . Following the inspec- he said. mounted in the attic area of the one story structure. iewers concluded that On Labor Day in 1993, Tol- --Message photo by Paul R. Leingang Was set to cover up a liver said, someone broke in and took a wdlder, a leaf and trash had appar- blower, a wood splitter, push mowers, a bench grinder, a vise and an assortment of small tools. Those items were replaced following that bur-  glary -- and now most of the is a feature in the Message, designed to help replacements have been stolen together the People of God in southwestern Indiana. or destroyed. Fire destroyed a are invited to submit information about people tractor used mainly for mow- may benefit by some extra prayers and attention, ing grass, equipment to gather leaves in the fall, and an air prayer service was held June 1 for Troy Unfrled headed back to St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Tenn., for tests. About 50 people attended the service at Holy Rosary, School, Evansville, accord- to Jeanette Heidorn, Troy s aunt. compressor, among other items. Tolliver said the thieves in the latest incident also entered another nearby storage shed, and took the keys from a back hoe and another tractor. He be- lieves the thieves drove to a low, hidden spot behind the buildings, broke in, carried what they wanted back to their parking place, and then drove away. Discussion among members of the cemetery board has in- cluded the possibility of moving the office building to a location closer to Willow Street and more visible to passing traffic. Cemetery visitor asks crucial question. Sebastian "Butch" Yochum grave is recorded in a file -- porarily being tored in the began his battle with acute myleid leukemia in the 1992, while a student at Western Kentucky Univer- he was admitted to St. Jude's Hospital, he un- chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. past January, 'with his doctor's ok, he headed to to begin classes at Chico State and to become a of the school's soccer team. cells were recently found in his body routine testing, Troy has returned to St. Jude's a "line will be inserted, a place to put chemo in his said. a of Holy Rosary School and Memorial is the son of Tony and Karen Unfried of shop Francis Ro Shea has returned to his home had only one question to ask when he caught up with Mount Calvary Cemetery su- perintendent Bob Tolliver. "Were the records burned up?" Tolliver told Yochum that the records were damaged, but that they were readable, and safe. Yochum said his wife, Lu- cille Fleck Yochum, is buried in the Catholic cemetery at Vincennes. The location of her one of the many files which were kept in a fire-resistant cabinet in the cemetery office. The office was in a portion of the cemetery building which was destroyed May 31 by a fire which was deliberately set, ac- cording to investigators. After the fire was extinguished, Tol- liver found that the file draw- ers had been pulled out and left open during the burglary. The cemetery  files -- black- ened and damaged -- are tom- vault in a building at the city cemetery, adjacent to the Catholic cemetery. The files will be returned when a re- placement storage and office building is completed -- but that bothers Yochum. He pointed at the charred remains of the old, frequently- burglarized building, and said, "If you build it here again, they'll just be back and do it again.  Safekeeping cemetery records hip replacement surgery at St. Mary's Medical ille. address is 3115 Bayard Park Drive, Evansville IN ',ar surgery which was scheduled June 3 for Msgr. enee Scblachter has been postponed. Msgr. Schlachter was hospitalized last week with an in his ear. He is currently discharged from the and waiting to have his surgery rescheduled. Schlachter is diocesan director of the Holy Child- Association and the Propagation of the Faith pro- House will be held at 2 p.m. June 18 at the of the Poor, Evansville, to help Mary E. celebrate her 100th birthday. Family and friends O'Neil, the mother of Providence Sister O'Neil, was scheduled to undergo open heart 8 in Indianapolis. Oeil is director of th e fmpus Ministry at the of Evansville. send information for PEOPLE WE CARE to Mary Ann Hughes, The Message, P.O. Box Vansville, IN 47724-0169. Cemetery records. How safe are they? Fire damaged, but did not destroy cemetery records at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Vin- cennes. Only one complete set of such records is maintained in Vincennes -- but since the arson fire at the cemetery of- fice building, questions about micro-filming or other methods of duplicating records have been discussed. At least 40 Catholic cemeter- ies are located in the Diocese of Evansville. Each is adminis- tered by a board or a parish. A spot check of record-keep- ing procedure shows a variety of methods in use in the dio- cese. Duplicate records are main- tained at St. Joseph Cemetery, which serves Evansville parishes, according to Ann Springer, at the cemetery office. Files are kept in a fireproof vault at the cemetery, and mi- crofilmed copies of the records are kept at another location. In Washington, a complete set of deeds and all other infor- mation is kept at Ed Lee Mor- tuary, and records of grave lo- cations are also forwarded to each parish. Ed Lee is secre- tary-treasurer of St. John Cemetery, which serves St. Mary and St. Simon Churches in Washington. Lee said the files are in metal filing cabinets, not a fireproof vault -- but he said the building has 24-hour a day security. Someone is always there, he said. In Celestine, cemetery records are kept at the parish -- and in every copy of a his- tory book published for the one- hundred-fiftieth anniver- sary of the parish. More than 40 pages of the sesquicenten- nial history book are devoted to specific cemetery informa- tion -- area, row, plot, names, dates of birth and death, and additiaual comments. The charrred exterior of the fire-resistant cabinet shows the damage caused by the fire at Mount Cal- vary Cemetery in Vin. cennes. The records inside the drawers survived the blaze.