Fred Eberle, a researcher local to New Rochelle, sent me the following letter of concern, after letting me know that he would be visiting the Flandreau cemetery in New Rochelle to see what information he could find there to help me:
Have a large packet that I will mail tomorrow, pertaining to everythig I have found. The reason for this letter is: Have just come from viewing the cemetery and it is in deplorable condition. I believe that the neighbors on both sides have been usurping pieces of it
little by little. There is now a garage,dog house and dog run on the back portion where I believe there used to be cemetery. A fence on the other neighbors side appears to be on a section of it also. It is overrun with weeds, ivy and trash. Both seem to dump their yard
residue onto it. The main purpose of this letter: I can find only one stone complete that of Benjamin Died 1800, although there may be others buried.
I would like a letter from the Flandreau decendants giving me permission (as their agent) to remove these stones for storage until such time as the decendents decide to either redo the cemetery or designate a proper place to place them. They are not going to last much longer without being lost forever or destroyed beyond recognition. This I will do at no expense to the Family nor does it place any obligation on any of them for any reason. I just hate to see this childhood memory ruined. Have considered contacting the local
French community (of which I understand is quite large to see if maybe they have a boy scout troop that would be willing to take on the project of cleaning and restoring this piece of old French history in New Rochelle.
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