Over 200 Headstones Destroyed by Vandals in Columbiana County, Ohio

What could possibly cause vandals to attempt to destroy over 80% of the headstones in the Springhill Ceemetery in Wellsville, Ohio? Is there something about our culture (or lack thereof) that’s making our young people do destructive things like this – acts that make no sense at all? I don’t get it…

Thanks to postings at FindaGrave.com, the headstones seem to all be photographed and posted online.

The following excerpt is from an article in the January 14, 2012 edition of wtov9.com:

WELLSVILLE, Ohio — One person has been arrested after more than 200 gravestones were destroyed by vandalism at a Wellsville cemetery.

Wellsville Police Chief Joe Scarabino said more arrests are expected in connection with the destruction at Springhill Cemetery.

The damages are estimated at $500,000, and officials said about 80 percent of the gravestones at the cemetery were hit. The superintendent said some of the stones were broken into many pieces.

Read the full article.

Author: Leland Meitzler

Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company (www.FamilyRootsPublishing.com), writes daily at GenealogyBlog.com, writes the weekly Genealogy Newsline, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library, and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

2 thoughts on “Over 200 Headstones Destroyed by Vandals in Columbiana County, Ohio”

  1. This is so sad to see. I just hope that this problem will be given enough attention. To the people who have nothing to do, please do not do this on the dead people’s resting place.

  2. “Shame on them… Make the responsible people pay for the repairing of the headstones and and cleaning it up” What’s happening with this generation that destroy these resting places for families that have gone…

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