Results of Kleinfelter Cemetery study revealed

Green Mayor Gerard Neugebauer presented University of Akron Professor Dr. Timothy Matney and Jerrad Lancaster with a silver coin for the city’s 25th anniversary.
Photo by: Eric Poston

When Green High School Students used several different tools to survey Kleinfelter Cemetery during the spring, they weren’t sure what they would find.

Months later, the results are in and the cemetery at the corner of Arlington and East Nimisila roads has at least 30 graves. The results came during the annual State of Historic Preservation, which highlighted several historical projects in the city.

University of Akron Professor Dr. Timothy Matney presented the findings, which were gathered by students last spring as part of a project in science teacher John Berry’s class. Matney said his interest is this project is that it studies what people can’t see, adding the cemetery is a fairly open space and it was a good area for students to do a project.

“John’s students collected a lot of data,” Matney said. “I was pleased with the results.”

Matney said the first step of the process was to conduct background research to determine the boundaries of the cemetery.

The students conducted an electrical resistance survey and collected 4,800 data points. The points were entered into a complicated software program, Matney said, which then helped him come to the conclusion that there are at least 30 graves, some of which are unmarked.

With these results, Matney wants to conduct further research, which could take place as early as next spring.

“When in doubt, collect more data,” Matney said.

Some of the future techniques could be taking more drone photos and conducting a magnetic field gradient survey.

Also during the meeting, Jerrad Lancaster, a senior lecturer in UA’s Department of Anthropology, presented about three-dimensional photogrammetric reconstructions. Lancaster, a Green High School graduate, has been using a drone to take photos of several historic structures in Green.

One of the structures he took photos of was the Lichtenwalter Schoolhouse in Boettler Park, which was destroyed by arson. He used a drone and took 167 photos from different sides and angles.

“Wouldn’t it be nice to put together the building prior to the arson,” Lancaster said.

Lancaster also reached out to the public asking for photos of the schoolhouse, in which he collected 37. He took all the photos and put them into Sketchfab, a program used to create 3-D models. It took Lancaster 16 tries, but he finally got a model he was pleased with.

“Overall, it is a fantastic model for something that doesn’t exist,” Lancaster said.

Lancaster also took drone footage of the Kleinfelter Cemetery and the Franks Farm, which is on Graybill Road. Future plans include taking photos of the Hartong Farmhouse.

Green Mayor Gerard Neugebauer also gave an update on the East Liberty Schoolhouse and the Lichtenwalter Schoolhouse. Neugebauer said the city is still looking for a buyer for the East Liberty Schoolhouse. Plans are moving forward to rebuild the Lichtenwalter Schoolhouse with an option to add a restroom to the building being considered. The city hopes to possibly use the Lichtenwalter Schoolhouse for events once it is rebuilt.

The city also accepted two checks from the Green Lions Club. The first was in the amount of $20,000 for furniture for the Lichtenwalter Schoolhouse and a second for $10,000 for the Green veteran’s honor roll board.


This story was also published in The Suburbanite.