This cemetery is located on the SE corner of the intersection of 2nd & 'N' roads, 3.0 miles west of the town of Douglas, Nebraska.
"The Solon post office and school were located in the south 1/2 of the NW 1/4 of section 8, T7N-R9E, in Hendricks Precinct, Otoe County, Nebraska. The cemetery was three miles west of the village of Douglas, and Solon school, District #45, was about 1/8 mile east of the cemetery and south of the county road running between Douglas and the village of Panama, Nebraska. Panama is in Lancaster County, two miles west of the Lancaster – Otoe county line.
The settlement that became known as Douglas was known originally as Hendricks, after several members of the pioneer Hendricks family who homesteaded in what is now Hendricks Precinct. Hendricks became known as Douglas about the time of the construction of the spur line of the Missouri Pacific railroad between Auburn and Crete. This railroad was built in the valley of the middle branch of the Little Nemaha River, which has its origin just east of Panama. A few years ago this line was vacated, the rails, ties, and bridges ripped out, and much of the right-of-way sold to adjoining landowners.
Many years ago, a church known as Solon was located on the east portion of the cemetery grounds. However, it has been gone longer than the memory of any of the older members of the community. For several years, especially after the death of William J. Smith, the last of the Smith brother’s families, who all lived within a mile or so of the cemetery, it was neglected. No maintenance was performed, the boundary fences were in a sad state of repair, and volunteer brush and saplings were spreading across the grounds. It became a target for vandalism, and numerous old markers were upset or damaged. Someone even stole the original Solon Cemetery sign.
However, in November 1987, a neighborhood group of interested citizens banded together to clean out the encroaching shrubs, trees, and vines so that the grounds could again be mowed. The border fence was repaired, as was the little brick maintenance building. The toppled gravestones were repaired and replaced to conform to the original condition as closely as possible. Mr. Jay Nelson of RFD, Bennet had a new sign made, entitled, ‘Solon 1871’, and installed it on the original gateposts. He said that he had helped build the little brick maintenance building and install the original sign. Jay had relatives buried here; Mrs. Thomas Smith (Catherine Hendricks) was the mother of Mrs. Albert Nelson." (1)
A complete listing of burials has been compiled by the Otoe County Genealogical Society, and can be found in our 'Otoe County Cemeteries'
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Point of Contact: If you desire more information about this cemetery, please contact the Otoe County Genealogical Society and we will provide you with as much information about the cemetery as possible.
(1) Boyce, Mark L. "Solon Cemetery History." (1993). Print.
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