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Halloween is upon us and with that comes witches and broomsticks, haunted houses and corn mazes, cemeteries and ghost stories - just to name a few things associated with Oct. 31.

When it comes to the Logan City Cemetery, there is plenty of history surrounding the final resting place for people buried there.

But what about ghost stories, myths or hauntings?

No, no and no, according to Seth Sparks, former sexton of the cemetery.

Sparks would certainly know, especially when you consider he spent 36 years as the cemetery's sexton.

"I wish there was some haunted thing or something like that, that I could point out, but there's really not much," said Sparks, who retired this past April.

Perhaps the closest the Logan cemetery gets to a haunting is the Weeping Lady, which is located on the Cronquist family plot.

The Weeping Lady represents Julia E. Cronquist, who was the mother of eight children. Only three lived past childhood.

"It's the most recognizable (grave marker)," Sparks said of the Weeping Lady.

Legend has it that on the night of a full moon, you can hear her cry in mourning over her dead children.

The Weeping Lady is just one of about 20 unique grave markers in the Logan cemetery.

Another popular one besides the Weeping Lady is the Palmer Baby Bed, which is located near a place in the cemetery known as Babyland.

The Palmer Baby Bed features a sculpted infant lying in a bed surrounded by toys, reminding viewers of a childhood cut short.

"That is certainly one of the more popular ones, too," Sparks said. "A lot of people would ask about little Andrew up there and the baby in the bed. ... That's a very popular marker."

There is one wooden marker left in the cemetery and it belongs to William Hardy (July 30, 1890-Jan. 19, 1894). It was erected as a temporary marker to be eventually replaced by a stone monument.

"Probably 50 years ago or so there would have been quite a few, but when those old markers deteriorated or wore out, they were either replaced by markers or taken away," Sparks explained. "There's just the one that's left now. Even when I started up there, it was just the one, too.

"We probably ought to do a little bit more about keeping that and making sure it stays the way it does. But still, it's about the same as when I (first started) up there."

While the Weeping Lady is the most recognizable marker at the cemetery, the most popular headstone belongs to Russell Larsen (Dec. 16, 1921-Jan. 26, 1983).

Larsen's stone provides a humorous verse instead of the traditional somber prose. This poem is a familiar one to cowboy poets.

"Probably the most popular one of all is the cowboy poet, the one that is just a little marker that talks about being made into a horse blanket so he'd be between two things he loves most - a beautiful woman and a horse," Sparks said.

While there is no marker for this particular individual, one person Sparks was frequently asked about was the guy who shot and killed Willard R. Dahle, a Logan city police officer.

According to the website,, Dahle was shot and killed by a bootlegger in 1929. Earlier in the day, a man arrested for manufacturing whiskey had written a check for his bail but forgot to sign it. Dahle was sent to the suspect's home for the purposes of securing a signature. The 53-year-old officer was sitting in a chair in the suspect's bedroom discussing the matter when he was shot three times with a .380-automatic pistol. The suspect then committed suicide.

Sparks said the last name of the man who shot Dahle was Carlson, and that he was also buried in the cemetery.

"The story was that he was buried in the east part of the cemetery, probably up near the stop sign on 10th north and 12th east," Sparks said. "It was pretty well known that's where he was buried, which was sagebrush at the time. When they re-did the road and the sidewalk up there, supposedly his body was moved, but we have no record of it in the cemetery as to where it is.

"They said he was buried on the criminal plot, but we don't have a criminal plot as such. I, along with others over the years, tried to find out exactly where he was buried. I thought maybe they put him down where his parents were buried, but he wasn't buried on that lot. We looked around and couldn't find where he was buried."

Sparks continued.

"I think he was probably buried on the property that the county owns," Sparks said. "It's interesting that nobody actually has a record of it or would talk about it much. It was just done. A lot of people would come and ask about him and I really had no good answer as to where he was buried. It's kind of unusual that something like that would happen.

"Don James, who passed away not too long ago, said he knew exactly where his original grave was. He used to herd cows up there all the time as a young man and he said it was in that area. ... Later on it was moved and nobody really knows where."

For those people interested in seeing these unique graves and others, the Logan cemetery has a historical tour map that can be picked up in the sexton's office.

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