Read by Phyllis Hanke, Gloria Dettleff, and Dorothy Falk on 5 Nov 2008
This cemetery was previously identified on our site as the Knolhoff Cemetery. After research by Brenda Standefer and Chad Parson, we believe this is the Rose Cemetery. Both cemeteries have almost the same Public Land Survey System coordinates.
The history of the Rose cemetery is published in the Clinton County Historical Society Quarterly # 25-1. According to the history, the land was owned by John H. and Anna Knolhoff.
To get to this cemetery, go south one mile on the Hoffman-Hoyleton Road from IL-161. On the left hand side (east) of the road, there are wooden posts between two farm fields marking the "entryway" to the cemetery right-of-way path. The wire across the top used to hold a sign with the cemetery's name. The cemetery is about a block ahead, in the trees to the left of the right-of-way. The road is bumpy and could have a little run-off water in wet weather.
The tombstones are dotted throughout about an acre of land, and most have been reasonably protected from the elements by the trees. There could be other stones buried beneath the 140 years of leaves and erosion.