Princeton, Ind.  Wednesday, October 14, 1908.





The Last Resting Place of Judge William Prince, for Whom

Princeton Was Named, Receiving Attention That Has

Been Delayed Many Years---Work Under Way.


          Princeton’s oldest cemetery, the Warnock, the burial place of the man for whom Princeton was named, Judge William Prince, is being made a place of beauty.  For the last year or more since the grounds were placed in the hands of a board of regents, as provided for by the state law, improvement work has been under way and the changes wrought in the old burial ground are truly wonderful.

            All the lots have been carefully cleared of weeds or tall grass, sunken graves have been built up, unsightly pathways have been made into gravel walks, and a macadamized driveway has been built up from the Main street entrance and circling about the great willow tree that stands at the summit of the hill on which the cemetery is located.

            James Mitchell has been employed as sexton to give his entire time to this cemetery, and his work has been first class.  He is now engaged in leveling off and laying walks in the northwest portion of the grounds.  Tomorrow the hauling of earth will begin to fill the low section at the southwest corner.  In is the intention to make a nice slope up from this corner, with the entrance there and a large and attractive flower pot.

            Until the last tow or three years there has been comparatively little money available to improve this cemetery and the sexton therefore had no opportunity to more than keep the grass cut and repair the fences, or similar work.  The board of regents, however, took the matter in hand, with some aid from the city, with the intention of making it one of the prettiest cemeteries in southern Indiana, and that they are succeeding none will doubt who visit the burial ground now and take a look over it.  The board is composed of A. S. Ford, A. W. Lagow, G. J. Welborn, secretary, E. R. Maxam, Arthur Embree, and Fred Hall, treasurer.  A. W. Lagow is acting superintendent, and he has given his personal attention to the cemetery work.

            The body of Judge William Prince, with his wife and family, is interred at the summit of a crest overlooking the entire grounds, and no better place could be selected for a monument in tribute to him for whom the city is named.  The grave of Jude Prince is marked with a nest marble slab on which is inscribed “Judge William Prince.  Died September 4, 1824, aged 52 years.”

            Judge Prince was the territorial judge in this section when Princeton was settled, about 1816, and he is said to have been an able jurist and a most excellent man.  He was the grandfather of Mr. John B. Hall, of this city.

            The Warnock cemetery is the last resting place of many of Princeton’s oldest and best citizens, and in it are many beautiful monuments.  It is now receiving attention that should have been given it many years ago, but it will come better late than never, and for this work too much praise can not be accorded the board of regents.