A Memorial Service of Worship will be held at Walkup Grove Cemetery, Atchison County, on Sunday, May 26, at 11:00 a.m. The worship is sponsored by the Sacred Hills Regional Ministry of the Episcopal Church, with Fr. Sidney Breese presiding at this special service. Those in attendance should bring a lawn chair and enjoy the beauty and peace of a historical country cemetery.
Following the worship service, there will be a potluck dinner at St. Oswald’s In-the- Fields Episcopal Church. Please bring a dish and table service. In case of inclement weather, worship will be held at St. Oswald’s.
Walkup Grove, about 160 years old, still retains its natural beauty. It is nestled among a grove of hickory nut trees on top of a hill which falls to the west on a sharp decline to the Little Tarkio River. Tranquility and peacefulness reign here. Travelers over a hundred years ago stopped at Mr. Walkup’s farm and asked for a place on his land to bury their child. This neighborhood cemetery is an ecumenical one with all denominations of religion buried there. At one time, the neighborhood supported Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist and Episcopal churches. St. Oswald’s is now the only remaining church in this area.
From Fairfax, take Hwy. 46 east until Route N. Turn south for one mile and at 280th Street, turn east. Continue on that gravel road until you reach the cemetery.