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Pontoosuc SwGbt - History

Pontoosuc SwGbt - History

Pontoosuc

(SwGbt: t. 974; 1. 205'; b. 35'; dph. 11'6", dr. 9', s. 11 k.;

a. 2 100-pdr. P.r.; 4 9" D.sb, 2 20-pdr. P.r., 1 12-pdr. sb. 1 12-pdr. r.; 2 24-pdr. how.)

Pontoo~ue, a eide wheel gunboat, built under contract with G. W. Lawrence and the Portland Locomotive Co., Portland, Maine, was eommiesioned at Portland, 10 May 1864, Lt. Comdr. George A. Stevens in command. Ordered to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron 9 June 1864, she eoon returned north and on 12 August departed New York in pursuit of the Confederate Raider Talla)u=~ee. Arriving at Halifax eoon after 0600 on the 20th, she discovered her quarry had sailed. Underway immediately Pontoosuc continued her search to the north among the fishing fleets in the Gulf of the St. Lawrence. Tallah~see, however, had turned south enroute back to Wilmington.

Pontoosuc returned to New York on the 30th and took up escort duty. By mid December, she had resumed blockade duties, off Wilmington. On the 24th and 25th she participated in the assault on Fort Fisher, returning to shell the Fort again in the successful mid-January 1865 attack.

In February she moved up the Cape Fear River for operations against Fort Anderson. After the fall of Wilmington she resumed eruising off the coast. After the war, she returned to Boston where she decommissioned 5 July 1865 and was sold 3 October 1866.


Pontoosuc Lake, Massachusetts, USA

Pontoosuc Lake is in the heart of the Berkshires, straddling the border between the City of Pittsfield and the Town of Lanesborough in the Western region of Massachusetts Visitors have been flocking to the Berkshires since the 1800's, fleeing the dirt, noise, and heat of the city in favor of the area's gently rolling hills, lush state forests and clean, clear water. A vacation rental on Pontoosuc Lake is an ideal place to enjoy a Berkshires getaway.

Pontoosuc Lake is a popular recreation lake with heavy traffic on summer weekends. There are several public access points including a boat ramp on the Pittsfield side of the lake owned by the Public Access Board. The Lanesborough side of the lake has several access points for launching car top boats. Pontoosuc Lake covers 480 acres with a maximum depth of 35 feet and an average depth of 14 feet, attracting boaters, kayakers and water skiers.

Anglers can find exceptional fishing year round on Pontoosuc Lake. The lake is home to abundant populations of yellow perch, white perch, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, pumpkinseed, black crappie and chain pickerel. The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife stocks the lake with tiger muskies, and in the winter anglers drill their holes and set up shelters to ice fish, hoping to hook one of the huge tiger muskies from Pontoosuc Lake. Brown trout are also stocked in the lake as well as in some of the streams that feed the lake.

Pontoosuc Lake is drawn down three feet every fall to protect the lake and shore and prepare for spring runoff. The lake and dam were owned by Berkshire County. In 2000 when the county government was dissolved, however, ownership reverted to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Pontoosuc Lake Dam is managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation which controls water levels on the lake. The Friends of Pontoosuc Lake, made up of citizens from Pittsfield and Lanesborough, works to monitor and protect the lake's water quality. Minor fish consumption advisories are in place for the lake, but in general the water quality is good.

The border between Pittsfield and Lanesborough runs through the center of Pontoosuc Lake. The City of Pittsfield was incorporated in 1861 and has any amenity a visitor might need including shops, restaurants and various accommodations. Lanesborough was one of the first towns to be settled in the area. It started out as Richfield and changed its name to honor the Countess of Lanesborough when it was incorporated in 1765. Visitors stroll the streets of the charming town, stopping to window shop or eat in one of the restaurants. Both the Pittsfield and Lanesborough sides of Pontoosuc Lake have waterfront vacation rentals as well as real estate available for sale.

It is a short drive from Pontoosuc Lake to the Pittsfield State Forest and well worth the trip. In the early summer the state forest's 65 acres of wild azaleas burst into pink flowers putting on a spectacular show. Over 30 miles of trails for hiking and biking wind through the forest allowing plenty of opportunities to explore. In the winter, bikes give way to snowmobiles and cross country skis. In Lanesborough, Balance Rock State Park showcases exactly what its name implies. Visitors can see the 30 foot long, 15 foot wide boulder, a remnant of the last ice age, perched precariously on top of a much smaller rock.

Pontoosuc Lake is an ideal home base for a Berkshires getaway. In addition to its natural beauty, the Berkshires are probably best known for their cultural opportunities. Long a favorite with artists and writers, the Berkshires are the summer home of the Boston Symphony, and concerts, dance performances and live theatre take place all summer long. Pontoosuc Lake and the Berkshires are an accessible destination, just two and a half hours from Boston and New York City. The cultural opportunities and natural beauty combine to make Pontoosuc Lake a fantastic spot for a western Massachusetts vacation.

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Natural Bridge State Park

NORTH ADAMS &mdash Hudson Brook pools behind the only white marble dam in North America before tumbling sharply to form a 30-foot waterfall into a chasm below.

The marble sparkles in the sunshine, and the roar and spray of the water crashing on the rocks is spectacular.

I&rsquove hiked to waterfalls and mills built along rivers and streams in Rhode Island, but this one in Natural Bridge State Park seemed unique.

The dam is on a hillside, near a horseshoe-shaped quarry lined with 50-foot marble cliffs and above the remains of a mill on a road off the Mohawk Trail.

A path follows the banks of the brook to a small pond that empties over the 30-foot-long white marble dam. The water that falls over the dam rushes down a stream that has cut a deep gorge in the rocky cliffs below.

I crossed a natural stone bridge over the chasm and looked straight down 40 feet to the swirling water and caves carved out of the rocks. But what also caught my eye was a cement-encased pipeline on stone trestles built on a ledge in the ravine.

Called a &ldquopenstock,&rdquo the pipeline carried water several hundred yards downhill to turn a turbine in a mill that cut and ground down slabs of marble blasted from the quarry.

A trail follows the route of the penstock to the remains of the walls and foundation of the three-story Hoosac Marble Mill that turned out marble building materials for buyers worldwide.

For hundreds of years, the site has attracted visitors, including the author Nathaniel Hawthorne, who lived for a time in Lenox and hiked through the Berkshires. He studied the dam, the caves, the quarry and the mill that had just opened.

In 1838, in his "American Notebooks," he wrote:

&ldquoThere is a marble quarry close in the rear, and in the process of time, above the cave, the whole of the crags will be quarried into tombstones, doorsteps, front of edifices, fireplaces, etc. That will be a pity.&rdquo

The mill burned to the ground in 1947, outlasted by the brook, pond, cliffs, chasm and spectacular white marble waterfall.


Pontoosuc Lake Country Club

Pontoosuc Lake Country Club is a public golf course located on the western side of Pontoosuc Lake. It is and always has been considered a hidden gem by local golfers and is praised by visiting golfers. The most obvious features of the course are the simple views of the mountains, the aged and majestic oak, maple and pine trees and the rolling hills that course sits on. The less obvious challenges are the elevation changes that occur with play, the size of the greens ranging from 3000 to 7500 square feet and the overall layout of the course that make for an enjoyable round of golf. The original course was built by Freeman Miller on what was originally Pete Hodecker's farm sometime in the 1920's. In 1935 it was purchased by a young golf pro from Stockbridge Country Club named Charles 'Chick' Moxon and Incorporated as Pontoosuc Lake Country Club, Inc. With a little input from the famous A. W. Tillinghast and then a complete re-design by Wayne Stiles in 1939, the course became what it is today.


Jim Shulman | Baby Boomer Memories: The Sheila was known as the 'Pontoosuc Princess'

The Sheila chugs past the Pontoosuc Lake beach on a busy summer day in the 1950s.

ELCO Motor Boats built the Sheila in 1895 for George Westinghouse. The company built 6,000 pleasure boats from 1892 to1949 in the New Jersey area before closing. Former employees reopened the company in 1987, along the Hudson River, just over an hour's drive from the Berkshires.

Capt. George Vogel, shown leaving the boathouse, piloted the Sheila on Pontoosuc Lake during summers for over 45 years, retiring in 1966.

I often look back to my childhood in the 1950s, when my family would take us kids to Pontoosuc Lake to ride on the Sheila, a beautiful wooden launch. Twenty years ago, I wanted to learn what happened to this "Pontoosuc Princess," and whether I could help restore it to bring it back to its glory days on the lake.

I had remembered that the skipper of the launch was affable Capt. George Vogel, who commandeered her on Pontoosuc for 45 years. The Sheila was 30 feet long, with its engine in the center, rows of seats and a classic canopy. She could hold as many as 32 people.

Originally the boat operated on rechargeable batteries, but it had been converted to gas power. The Sheila could cruise 12 mph over a 4-mile circuit around Pontoosuc. Her name was on the bow on both sides and also on the stern, in extra-large capital letters.

No one really knows who named her, but everybody called her the Sheila. On a busy holiday day, the boat would have as many as 400 fares, and more when there were romantic moonlight tours.

When the winter months would come, Capt. Vogel would hang up his white skipper's hat for the season and store the Sheila in a boathouse near the lake's dam. During the offseason Vogel worked as a shoe repairman in a shop on West Street.

In 1966, the captain, nearly age 80, decided it was time to retire. I wanted to learn both the history of and what then became of the Sheila.

In my quest, I spoke with the boat's manufacturer, the Electric Launch Co. (ELCO). The firm built the craft in 1895 and sold it to George Westinghouse, the famous millionaire electrical inventor, whose Erskine Park cottage was in Lenox.

Westinghouse and his wife used the boat for about 20 years on Stockbridge Bowl. In 1915, after the deaths of the Westinghouse couple, Andrew Carnegie, future owner of Shadowbrook in Lenox, acquired the boat and enjoyed it for several seasons on the bowl.

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Shortly after Carnegie's passing in 1919, his widow gave the craft to the Lenox Brotherhood Club, which subsequently replaced the electrical equipment with a Winton Motor Carriage Co. engine. Two years later, the club sold it to George Vogel, who brought her to Pontoosuc Lake, where he had previously operated another sightseeing launch. From that period on, Capt. Vogel ran her on Pontoosuc nearly every season until he retired in 1966. He died in 1973 at the age of 87.

Cheshire resident Tom Beattie bought, restored and operated the Sheila on Pontoosuc in 1968. In 1971, Beattie hauled the boat to the picturesque Cheshire Reservoir, where he planned to offer rides each summer. However, the plans did not materialize, and the Sheila sat in the water on the reservoir shore for about three years.

Harsh winter storms gradually battered the hull. Beattie passed away in 1973, and Michael Pasterczyk, of Pittsfield, acquired the boat with plans to restore and bring the Sheila back to Pontoosuc Lake.

In fall 1974, he moved the craft to the Onota Lake Skin Divers Club at 1000 Cascade St. and propped the damaged launch on railroad ties to begin restoration. A large jagged hole from ice damage was visible on the port side of the bow. The once-ornate wooden canopy was left on the ground, and Pasterczyk removed the engine. The optimistic owner felt it would not be much of a job to do the restoration, and a mere $3,000 would bring her back to life.

However, over the next few years no work was done. The boat further deteriorated, visitors stripped brass parts and the wood simply decayed. The engine that had been removed disappeared. According to the late Angelo "Pro" Carussoto, he and other members of the Onota Lake Skin Divers Club determined the Sheila was far beyond repair. In 1977 or 1978 they burned her remains on the Cascade Street property. Thus, it was a very sad ending to this beautiful boat I rode in as a youngster.

I do applaud those passionate skippers who have since operated more modern reproductions of the Sheila on Pontoosuc Lake. But, my dreams of someday helping restore and riding in the original Sheila are long gone. I know those memories of this "Pontoosuc Princess" in the summer will always be with me and with many local baby boomers.


Brian Sullivan: Pontoosuc Beautiful, but silent

There have been some stellar late afternoons and early evenings recently, and on some of those days we have found ourselves sipping on iced coffees in the Pontoosuc Lake parking lot on Hancock Road. With Mount Greylock looming in the distance to the north, the view of the lake is pretty spectacular.

I love to peer past and through the shaven lower trunks of the evergreens. The trees dot the steep hill that leads down to the former public beach. It’s usually quiet there. A few people sometimes can be seen sitting at the picnic tables, which I think date back to World War II -- the tables, not the people.

But what used to be a vibrant and energized part of the city’s summer scene is now a very dormant location. Just like our city parks, which used to be brimming on summer afternoon with scores of neighborhood children, the only sound you hear now is that of a slight summer breeze taking its time going from here to there.

It’s been decades since Pontoosuc’s pulse could be heard clearly on a warm summer afternoon. If you weren’t swimming and socializing there, then you were probably at Onota Lake. Both were places to be at, both were places to be seen.

And it was all for free. Even the little kids had learn-to-swim lessons in the mornings at Pontoosuc. The swimming area was guarded on three sides by a dock, and the big prize was the smaller dock about 10 yards out from the regular dock. It featured a diving board, and the older kids relished that small piece of floating property. Being a summer lifeguard wasn’t a bad way to make a few bucks during the break from school.

It’s all gone now, and I really don’t know why.

Unlike its cousin, Onota Lake, which two centuries ago looked pretty much like it does now, the body of water that is Pontoosuc was actually two bodies of water when the first settlers arrived here and formed Pontoosuc Plantation. Listed by the state at about 500 acres, Pontoosuc was nothing more than two 10-acre ponds when the settlement came into being.

In time, however, the mills built on the water needed more water energy to operate their machinery, so they built the dams that ultimately increased the size of the lake. It was a win-win for all.

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The volunteer group that now watches over Pontoosuc Lake is led by Lee Hauge, who chairs the board of directors that is the Friends of Pontoosuc Lake. Hague came to Pittsfield from his native California in 1962, and is a retired General Electric engineer. He loved the area and stayed, having resided over the years in Lanesborough. He can recall the days when the public swarmed to the steep hill that towered over the public beach.

Said Hauge, "Our charter says the lake is for the use of all citizens. We would have no trouble with people going back to using that area for swimming."

Hauge said Pontoosuc Lake

is pretty close to being an even

split between Pittsfield and Lanesborough. The city and town, he said, have been in harmony over sharing costs that involve the lake’s health.

"The county used to own it," said Hauge, who noted that there are 30 lake associations in Berkshire County. "But when county government ceased to exist the state didn’t really want it. They didn’t want or need another lake to maintain. We do what we can."

The draw down of the lake and the use of herbicides for weed control are a couple of duties the organization oversees.

"It can be a battle," said Hauge, "but it helps that Pittsfield and Lanesborough work together well on lake issues. We still have projects. Like after a thunderstorm the gravel from the dirt roads gets into the water. Those kind of things we keep working on."

The lake memories, though, are classics. The ferry boat "Sheila," which helped bring town citizens who didn’t own cars to Main Street to shop at Simon’s Market in Lanesborough, the Women’s Club that was located on the island in the middle of the lake that burned to the ground, and even the diving horse that long ago entertained throngs who watched from the shore.

Pontoosuc Lake. A grand old dame, for sure, with hopefully still a lot of stories left to tell.


These Mysterious Hills: Pontoosuc's Lost Lovers Legend is Classic Local Lore

Pontoosuck, as it was then simply known, a "field for winter deer," and the lake to its north served as a good home for these brothers for many years. One bore a son, who he called Shoon-keek, and one a daughter, Moon-keek.

"These two grew up together, racing the trails of the virgin forests, swimming in the clear waters of the lake, or skimming its surface in birch-bark canoes," wrote local historian Haydn Mason, in the 1948 anthology Berkshires: The Purple Hills.

As they grew older, however, the beauty of the young maiden drew braves from surrounding areas. Suitors jealous of the inseparability of the Moon-keek and her brother complained, maligning the two to their fathers.

Their fathers forbid them, as cousins, to settle together, and went to lengths to keep the two apart. But Moon-keek and Shoon-keek found many opportunities to evade watchful eyes in the ranging forests all around their lakeside settlement.

It was on one such stealthy tryst that they decided that their happiness demanded a more permanent solution, and they determined to run away, find another tribe and settle down together.

Their planning, however, was observed in secret by one of the maiden's jealous suitors, a brave named Nockawondo. On the night they set for their escape, Nockawondo (Obiway, in some versions) followed as they prepared to meet out on the lake's tiny island.

Moon-keek reached the island first, and could hear the paddling of Shoon-keek's canoe on the water in the deathly still of the night. but they were not alone. Consumed with hatred, Nockawondo let an arrow fly across the dark lake. Shoon-keek was struck, and fell from his canoe with a splash.

Moon-keek leapt back into her canoe. "Shoon-keek! Shoon-keek! she cried, paddling furiously. When she found the place where he had gone under, she dived in after, her empty canoe drifting on alongside his.

In somber remembrance, their people named the lake for the lost youngsters, the lovers who would not be parted.

There is some evidence that the lake was indeed referred to as Moonkeek-Shoonkeek by the Mahican natives first encountered by settlers. A reference to Pontoosuc Lake in an 1862 item in the Berkshire County Eagle suggests the native moniker was a traditional one that hearkened back a considerable span of time by that time.

The legend was widely established by the mid to late 19th century, and treated as quite traditional by 1878, in Godfrey Greylock's Taghconic: Romance and Beauty of the Hills, a pen name chronicle by the preeminent Pittsfield historian Joseph E.A. Smith, and referenced again in the 1885 History of Berkshire County.

From there it made its way into many of the popular local folk histories, from Katherine Abbot's Old Paths and Legends of the New England Border to Willard Douglas Coxey's Ghosts of Old Berkshire to Grace Greylock Niles' The Hoosac Valley: Its Legends and Its History.

It was Niles' 1907 tome that reminded me again of the broader context, in quoting William Cullen Bryant's 1815 poem "Monument Mountain." Like poor Moon-keek, the unnamed heroine of Bryant's telling is ultimately doomed by a romance deemed incestuous by her people, and ends her life, in that case in a dive from the place called Devil's Pulpit on the Mountain of the Monument.

The Pontoosuc maiden is connected to a whole body of era lore, of "lovers leaps," seen at Monument, and at Bash-Bish Falls and even even one obscure version of east county legend in which the fair Wahconah meets her death leaping over the falls instead of living happily ever after with her Wampanoag refugee paramour.

It is part of a chain of such legends to be found across the Northeast, tales which modern scholars tend to see as more indicative of the ideas of the conquering culture than that of the conquered culture depicted. It was, perhaps, a less guilt-inducing way of conceptualizing their observations of the very real rates of suicide that do tend to occur in a culture under the pressures of assimilation and decimation.

The name and lore of the lost lovers has been preserved in a variety of ways over since, from a local branch of the Improved Order of Red Men, the country's oldest fraternal society, which flourished here under the name of the Shoonkeek Council of Pittsfield beginning in 1914, to its more recent inspiration of a popular float in the 2010 Fourth of July parade.

And, some still say, on a still night on the shores of old Pontoosuc, you may yet hear the light splashing sounds of two canoes floating gently across the lake, and the mournful whispers of the tragic young lovers. "Shoon-keek. Moon-keek. "

These Mysterious Hills is a production of writer Joe Durwin and more mysterious goings on can be found here.


According to the 2010 census, Pontoosuc has a total area of 2.077 square miles (5.38 km 2 ), of which 1.41 square miles (3.65 km 2 ) (or 67.89%) is land and 0.667 square miles (1.73 km 2 ) (or 32.11%) is water. [5]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880266
1890249 −6.4%
1900299 20.1%
1910285 −4.7%
1920199 −30.2%
1930143 −28.1%
1940165 15.4%
1950214 29.7%
1960210 −1.9%
1970226 7.6%
1980261 15.5%
1990264 1.1%
2000171 −35.2%
2010146 −14.6%
2019 (est.)136 [2] −6.8%
U.S. Decennial Census [6]

As of the census [7] of 2000, there were 171 people, 74 households, and 50 families residing in the village. The population density was 121.3 people per square mile (46.8/km 2 ). There were 122 housing units at an average density of 86.6 per square mile (33.4/km 2 ). The racial makeup of the village was 98.83% White, and 1.17% from two or more races.

There were 74 households, out of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.1% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.1% were non-families. 24.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.67.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 21.6% under the age of 18, 2.9% from 18 to 24, 32.7% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 18.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.0 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $27,813, and the median income for a family was $31,563. Males had a median income of $29,688 versus $21,250 for females. The per capita income for the village was $14,453. About 16.3% of families and 16.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.0% of those under the age of eighteen and 19.4% of those 65 or over.


  • Ceiling Fan, Granite Counters
  • Levels: One
  • Main Level Bathrooms: 2
  • Main Level Bedrooms: 3
  • Security Features: Carbon Monoxide Detector(s), Smoke Detector
  • Elevation Units: Feet
  • Lot Size Source: Assessor's Data
  • Lot Features: Lot 10000-19999 Sqft
  • Lot Dimensions Source: Assessor
  • Total # of Units: 1
  • Common Walls: No Common Walls
  • Parcel Number: 237211013
  • Property Condition: Turnkey
  • Total # of Stories: 1
  • Year Built Source: Assessor
  • Elementary School: Washington
  • Middle Or Junior School: Gage
  • High School: Arlington
  • High School District: Riverside Unified
  • Elementary School 2: WASHIN
  • Middle Or Junior School 2: GAGE
  • High School 2: ARLING
  • Electric: Electricity - On Property
  • Sewer: Public Sewer
  • Electricity Connected, Natural Gas Connected, Sewer Connected
  • Water Source: District/Public
  • Latitude: 33.92206600
  • Longitude: -117.38752000
  • Directions: Washington, to Lenox, Left on Onota, Right on Pontoosuc.
  • Road Frontage Type: Access via County Road
  • Road Surface Type: Paved
  • Zoning: R1125

Pontoosuc SwGbt - History

To get to Pontoosuc Cemetery the motorist takes partially gravel winding country road south from west-east Illinois state hard road No. 96 at the east Pontoosuc corner. The east Pontoosuc corner is where the blacktop runs north from the hard road on to Pontoosuc.

The third gravel road which is about one car wide winds around to the southeast almost a quarter of a mile. At that point a side road Francis off from its to the east, a narrow road mostly dirt and say and ascending up to the higher timber and farmland on the bluffs. This side road is the road into the cemetery.

Up their on an acre or so of level spot the land surrounded by rough timber terrain on all sides is Pontoosuc Cemetery.

It is roughly mowed and practically unfenced. Graves and monuments are scattered over it with considerable available unused space everywhere for future interments if there ever is any demand for this.

Burials here as the death dates on the stones show were quite numerous up till the 1930s. There are just a few in the 1940s, and practically none since 1950. It is evident people of the area have just about stopped using this burying ground. There probably will not be anymore for the 1960s.

Pontoosuc Cemetery is one of the hardest to find (hidden from passing the flow of traffic which passes beneath it on hard road No. 96 and from the broad river flowing east-west here in the distance), burying grounds of the county. There are quite a few burials here but it is about as isolated and inaccessible as the one family once hidden away by the pioneer families of the century back. This is unusual for the county. Most of the secreted ones or very hard to find ones are family plots.

There are several cemeteries south of this short stretch of hard road between Niota and Dallas City. Both of these towns and also Pontoosuc are Western Illinois river towns.

Funeral processions would be unable to get to this cemetery in our motorized age. There simply is not enough gravel on these dirt roads or in many places anyway to get in here from the hard road with motorized vehicles. This means in rainy seasons. It is not been ascertained if there is any way of coming in at all from the level country off to the south.

This is as has been stated a Cemetery rapidly becoming an abandoned one. There are hardly any burials here as early as the 1860s but the 1870s on to the 1930s are numerous and and break off suddenly. So about a 60 years stretch may be said to be about the span this place was used. It is not likely it will be used much again. It is simply too isolated and hard to get to a place to meet the demands of the nuclear age population. For these dead who are at rest with God here the books have been closed by county people. They are just names now and lists like this one to be scanned and pigeonholed by a scholarly genealogist. Maybe rest in peace

(1968 Hancock County history, page 469)

"Pontoosuc: this burial plot proceeded to the directors of Pontoosuc Cemetery: April 14, 1858 Enoch P. Stone and Emily, his wife, in consideration of $100. The directors were S. D. Freecroft, Abraham Harper, William Abernathy Sr., John M. Slocum and Louis Huebotter. The cemetery is now taken over by the village of Pontoosuc. It is inside the corporate glance-in part of north one-half of south one-half of west one-half of northeast 40 of northeast one fourth of section 9, Township 7 containing five acres. This was recorded May 13, 1858. The following persons on plots in 1859: J. D. Logan, Henry Walker, D. M. Perkins, A. Harper, Rand and brother F. Urban, Michael Ochsner, Jacob Hettrick, John Burmen, Paul Henning and F. Kraus, Dominic Hanson, Nicholas Conradt, Charles Stephen, Elis Bower, William D. Voigt, George Wibble, S. D. Halcroft, John M. Schramm, Lewis Huebotter, Ewald Herwig, E. P. Stone, Moritz Hilh, Joseph Weaver, Richard Cheadle, Mr. Erbrod, Ernest Hilder, Joseph Beckert, Philip Urig, William Abernathy Sr., L. C. Barker, Anton Shoppmeyer, John Wood worth, Joseph Gudweiler, Charles Nettmann, Nicholas Klee, John Wibble, Adam Eckhardt, Ernest Thannert, John Moyes Sr., Abner Foster, William Fells, William Mace, William Holuva, Henry Wilcox, William McFarland, Michael Davis, Herrick Lodge, E. M. Stanford, F Kinkley, Samuel Brown, J. M. Agnew, Thomas Scott, J. W. Tull, James M. Duffy, Ferdinand Graff, J. B. Agnew, Peter Grampp, Jacob Morgan, Marie Kelly, A. H. McMurphy, William Seymour, John Robinson, William Kiel, Bevis Green, Rosel. Woodberry, M Waldenmeyer, Enoch Ewing, A. Howard, J T Stamphere, David Moyes Sr., Frank Miller, J. Black, A. McElhiney, Charles Little, G. H. Morris, G. W. Ewing, James Salisbury, James Crowley and Joseph Harnes".

Agnew, J. B. - b: no dates Sargent Co. A 14th Illinois Calvary
Abernathy, Alexander - b: no dates 1st Sergeant, Co. I, 16 Wisconsin infantry
Abernathy, William - b: August 16, 1813 d: June 22, 1878 (h/o Lucy E Abernathy)
Abernathy, Lucy E - b: June 1, 1818 d: March 17, 1879
Abernathy, Mary - b: October 5, 1850 d: January 26, 1916
Barker, Effie L. - b: January 08, 1862 d: October 16, 1866 aged 4 years 9 months 8 days (d/o L. C. and Abbigill Barker)
Barker, Phebe - b: September 20, 1822 d: February 22, 1860 aged 37 years 5 months 2 days (w/o L. G. Barker)
Barnes, Sarah Ann - b: 1820 d: December 30, 1869 in the 48 year of her age (epitaph unreadable)
Bennett, M. J. - b: 1835 d: March 1883 aged 47 years 9 months (w/o William S. Bennett)
Bennett, William S. - b: September 08, 1829 d: April 8, 1908 aged 78 years 7 months (h/o M. J. Bennett)
Boston, Louise - b: 1874 d: June 18, 1934 in Pontoosuc Township, Hancock County, Illinois
Callihan, Robert G. - b: 1938 d: 1947
Crystal, Emma - b: 1873 d: 1958
Daly, Beulah A. - b: 1903
Daly, Osborn F. - b: 1897 d: November 10, 1942 in Dallas City, Hancock County, Illinois
? Edwin H. - b: 1842 d: 1916
?, Esther - b: no dates
?, Evans F. - b: no dates
?, Frank B. - b: no dates
?, Mabell - b: 1880 and d: 1922
?, Mary L. - b: 1844 d: 1914
?, Pearl L. - b: 1871 d: 1942
( I assume these all to be Daly because they were all on the same page together but of course I am not sure. I put them here as they appeared on the page. Maybe someone knows who they are)
Engelhard, Adelheld - b: July 19, 1829 d: December 9, 1912 (w/o William Engelhard)
Engelhard, Eda - b: 1864 d: 1940
Engelhard, George - b: 1866 d: 1947
Engelhard, Helen Marie - b: 1923
Engelhard, Lewis - b: 1856 d: 1925
Engelhard, Lovina - b: 1858 d: 1945
Engelhard, William - b: March 11, 1831 d: February 1, 1912 (h/o Adelheld Engelhard)
Engelhard, William L. - b: June 12, 1878 d: June 22, 1903
Ewing, George W. - b: 1858 d: 1938
Ewing, Margaret - b: 1862 d: 1946
Ewing, Phoebe (Bowen) - b: 1832 d: 1884
Ewing, Talitha - b: 1859 d: 1895
Fells, (off base, inscription on downside and unavailable)
Graff, Anna C. - b: February 8, 1831 d: January 20, 1909
Graff, Ferdinand E. -space b: October 5, 1823 d: December 6, 1909
Graff, George F. - b: January 3, 1865 d: July 9, 1956
Graff, John E. - b: July 31, 1867 d: January 30, 1924
Graff, Marie L.. - b: May 29, 1835 d: August 8, 1861
(also small gray granite stone's) Graff, John E. and George F. No dates
Grampp, Peter - b: July 8, 1815 d: 1869
Green, Bevis - b: 1832 d: 1912 (h/o Mary Green)
Green, Mary - b: 1845 d: 1926 (w/o Bevis Green)
Gutbrod, Simon - b: January 14, 1827 d: March 1, 1875
Hennings, Catherine - b: November 26, 1835 d: February 14, 1901
Hennings, Paul - b: March 24, 1823 d: April 15, 1880
Herweg, Joanna C. - b: May 12, 1826 d: January 22, 1901
Holman, Arthur - b: d: September 18, 1931 Illinois Private 45th Infantry 2 Division (G A R Post No. 170 Cast Bronze Marker)
Houk, Harman - b: no dates Co. H. 78th Illinois infantry
Hughes, Elis M. - b: 1856 d: 1902
Hughes, Geneva H. - b: 1856 d: 1930
Hutson, John A. - b: June 20, 1856 d: December 23, 1942 in Appanoose Township, Hancock County, Illinois (h/o Mary E Hutson)
Hutson, Mary E. - b: October 8, 1859 d: November 15, 1919 in Appanoose Township, Hancock County, Illinois
Jordan, John - b: 1863 d: February 21, 1943 in Pontoosuc Village, Hancock County, Illinois
Jordan, Martha (Kelley) - b: 1855 d: February 7, 1941 in Pontoosuc Village, Hancock County, Illinois
Kelley, John L. - b: 1851 d: 1882
Kessler, Hannah - b: 1829 d: January 3, 1864 aged 35 years (w/o C. E. Kessler)
Klee, Nellie - b: August 23, 1878 d: January 31, 1880 (d/o N. and M. Klee)
Klee, H. - b: December 8, 1822 d: October 12, 1887 aged 64 years 10 months 1 day
Isslieb, Henry F. - b: 1857 d: 1945
Leavitt, Clara E. - b: 1853 d: 1925
Liskey, Fredericka - b: 1842 d: May 27, 1929 in Pontoosuc Township, Hancock County, Illinois
Liskey, Henry - b: 1835 d: 1905
Liskey, Lena L. - b: 1874 d: 1937
Liskey, William - b: March 24, 1842 d: April 12, 1917
Little, E. Y. Flora - b: April 2, 1861 (do not know if this is birth or death date, no other dates)
Little, Frank G. - b: 1863 d: 1929
Little, John Martin - b: July 20, 1851 d: January 28, 1946 in Pontoosuc Township, Hancock County, Illinois
Logan, James D. - b: 1816 d: 1905
McFarland, William - b: January 19, 1783 d: May 4, 1864 aged 81 years 3 months 15 days
McMurphy, Marian - b: July 10,1827 d: November 11, 1864 aged 37 years 4 months 1 day (w/o A. H. McMurphy)
Moon, Mary A. - b: d: May 23, 1931
Morris, Alice - b: 1869 d: 1929
Morris, George E. - b: 1899 d: 1929
Morris, Hazel - b: 1889 d: 1896
Moyes, Bennie L. - b: March 1892 d: December 18, 1892 aged 9 months
Moyes, Cordelia S. - b: 1850 d: 1931
Moyes, David - b: 1813 d: February 15, 1889 aged 76 years Co. B. 151st Illinois infantry
Moyes, Edgar R. - b: d: September 5, 1883
Moyes, Mary - b: 1852 d: March 18, 1879 aged 27 years
Moyes, Mary, Mrs. - b: 1812 d: February 16, 1879 aged 67 years
Moyes, Mark L. - b: 1886 d: August 6, 1888 aged 2 years
Moyes, Ralph S. - b: September 18, 1881 d: September 12, 1895 aged 14 years 11 months 5 days
Neal, Mattie - b: 1867 d: 1912
Perkins, Daniel M - b: 1820 d: 1904 (h/o Mary S. The Leavitt)
Perkins, Mary S. - b: 1819 d: 1907 (w/o Daniel M. Perkins)
Pitts, Frank C. - b: 1906 d: no date
Pitts, Fred G. - b: 1906 d: no date
Pitts, Karl N. - b: 1897 d: 1944
Pitts, John N. - b: 1857 d: 1927 (h/o Mary L. (Gardner) Pitts)
Pitts, Mary L. (Gardner) - b: 1864 d: November 13, 1949 (w/o John N. Pitt's)
Rand, Frederick E. - b: June 17, 1880 d: October 5, 1942 Illinois major infantry
Robinson, John E - b: January 19, 1816 d: November 20, 1872
Robinson, John W. - b: no dates Co. H. 78th Illinois infantry
Robinson, Thomas - b: no dates Co. H. 78th Illinois infantry
Schram, Ann - b: February 17, 1916 d: January 16, 1903 (w/o John Schram)
Schram, John - b: February 9, 1809 d: December 11, 1899 (h/o Ann Schram)
Schram, Sarah C. - b: February 28, 1859 d: June 14, 1900 (w/o Charles T Schram)
Snyder, Erastus - b: September 25, 1857 d: November 5, 1858 aged 1 year 1 month 11 days
Strange, Christina - b: 1849 d: 1939
Strange, William - b: 1851 d: 1935
Supple, Fredrecka - b: August 12, 1841 d: April 5, 1933
Supple, John T. - b: November 8, 1833 d: December 4, 1875
Supple, John T. - b: 1875 d: 1947
Thannert, Amy D. - b: 1878 d: 1952
(family name stone found part off base and on the ground) I believe, even though I can't prove this, that these are all from the Thannert family.
Thannert, Bert C - b: 1874 d: 1907 (s/o Ernest J. and Pauline A. Thannert)
?, Henry - b: 1868 d: December 31, 1934 in Carthage Township, Hancock County, Illinois
?, Minnie A. - b: 1858 d: 1886
Thannert, Ernest J. - b: 1827 d: 1901 (h/o Pauline A. Thannert) (Father)
Thannert, Ernest W. - b: February 24, 1862 d: October 24, 1863 (s/o Ernest J. and Paulin A. Thannert)
Thannert, Lewis C. - b: 1866 d: February 15, 1925 in Appanoose Township, Hancock County, Illinois
Thannert, Pauline A. - b: 1835 d: 1893 (w/o Ernest J. Thannert)
Urban, Arzona - b: April 25, 1874 d: July 30, 1935
Urban, Frederick - b: January 14, 1869 d: February 17, 1937
Urban, Frederick - b: October 1, 1821 in Brandenburg, Prussia d: July 29, 1906 in Pontoosuc, Hancock County, Illinois
Uhrig, Rosy - b: August 28, 1829 d: January 6, 1878 aged 48 years 3 months 3 days (w/o Phillip Uhrig)
Wilcox, George H. - 1896 d: 1957
Wilcox, Henry - b: October 11, 1821 d: October 25, 1895 (h/o Nancy H. Wilcox)
Wilcox, Nancy H. - b: December 28, 1832 d: February 7, 1912 (w/o Henry Wilcox)
Yeocum, Elizabeth U. - b: October 21, 1846 d: February 20, 1932
Yeocum, George W. - b: November 5, 1840 d: November 25, 1912 Corporal George W. Yeocum Co. D. 7th IS. infantry