*This story first appeared in The Budget’s May 30, 2018, Local Edition.
By Beverly Keller
Buried in Fisher Cemetery, Holmes County, which is just off the beaten path between Baltic and Sugarcreek, high above a hilltop overlooking State Route 93, is Civil War veteran John Burger. And now, anyone visiting the cemetery will know just where his grave sits, thanks to the work of Tim Mutschelknaus and Jeff Schrock.
“Jeff Schrock and myself were exploring the cemetery around Memorial Day 2017,” Mutschelknaus explained. “We saw John’s tombstone was worn and barely legible.”
Burger was born in Berks County, Pennsylvania. He was married to Catherine Lederman. Together they had eight children: Godfrey, Susannah, Elizabeth, John, David, Samuel, Christian and Daniel. He died on June 27, 1836. Burger was a charter member of the Baltic Church of the Brethren.
Burger served as a Private in Pennsylvania during the Revolutionary War. Armed with that knowledge, the pair contacted Veteran’s Affairs in Washington DC. After filling out needed paperwork, the request for a new stone was granted. It was picked up and taken to the cemetery where it was set in May.
To honor Burger and officially dedicate the marker, a service was conducted at the cemetery by Homer Weiss Post 494 of the American Legion on Sunday, June 3, at 2 p.m.
Fisher Cemetery is about 3/4 of a mile north of Baltic just off State Route 93 on the East side. It cannot be seen from the road.
No direct descendants have been located. Those with information on family members are urged to contact Mutschelknaus at 330- 897- 4411.