Senior Stories

Cemetery at the End of the Road (Mary Jane’s Grave)

End of the Road

When John and I visited Mount Olive Cemetery in May 2016, instead of the tall and lush spruce, there was only a two-foot-high stump.

Over a year earlier, the Mansfield News Journal reported that in October 2014, the spruce where legends say Mary Jane was hung and which was the supposed to be the site of her grave, was vandalized.

A 17-year old took a chain saw and cut down the tree that was estimated to be between 120 and 145 years old.

It fell on several headstones, breaking them and knocking others off their bases, adding more wounds to the already scarred graveyard.

If Mary Jane Hendrickson is haunting the Mount Olive graveyard, perhaps she just wants to clear her name so she and the others who are buried in the Cemetery at the End of the Road can rest in peace.

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