This circa 1915 photo shows grave diggers and workers assembled before Oak Dale Cemetery’s hexagonal office building, which still stands. Note the tools used by the workers are shovels and a horse hitched to an unidentified device. Most things used currently at Oak Dale for grave digging and grounds maintenance are gasoline- or diesel-powered machines. This illustrates the dramatic change from 100 years ago brought about by the availability and utilization of petroleum fuels.
Looking Back at Champaign County
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