TYPE OF FUND: Cemetery Preservation Sub-Fund / Field of Interest
DATE ESTABLISHED: Initiated following the death of Miriam A. Miller of Elkins; 1993; Established 1997
PURPOSE: Funds are to be used for maintenance and upkeep of the Leadmine Cemetery grounds.
DISTRIBUTION: An annual grant will be awarded to the trustees of Leadmine Cemetery for maintenance and upkeep in accordance with the TCF Cemetery Preservation Fund Specifications.
VARIANCE POWER: If, in the judgment of the TCF Board of Directors, the restrictions and conditions of the fund become unnecessary, incapable of fulfillment or inconsistent with the charitable needs of the community, the TCF Board of Directors maintains the right to modify the terms of this fund.
FUNDING: Initial funding of $1,500 from Miriam A. Millers estate. Several donations, exceeding a total of $5,000 were contributed in 1997 following an article about the cemetery which was published in The Parsons Advocate.
BACKGROUND: Miss Miriam A. Miller of Elkins, unbeknownst to the Directors of TCF, provided in her Last Will and Testament that: “An account of $1,500 in the First National Bank of Parsons, the interest, and the principal when necessary, to be paid annually for the maintenance of my family’s burial grounds in the Leadmine Cemetery.” Mountain Valley Bank, N.A. of Parsons (formerly First National Bank) asked that TCF administer the funds.
NOTE: Clinton Evans was first hired by TCF to continue caring for the Miller graves. Following his death March 25, 1999, the board of directors voted unanimously, at the May 12, 1999 meeting, to issue the interest generated by the Leadmine Cemetery Fund to the trustees of said cemetery. At that time, the following persons were those trustees and were notified that effective autumn 1999, they would be receiving the monies to maintain the cemetery.