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LETTER: Does anyone know more about the iron entryway to Columbia Cemetery?

  • The entryway, a gift of Mrs. Kizzie Russell, was "one of the nicest things Columbia ever had."
  • Information sought on Mrs. Russell, her gift to the cemetery, and the Russell Building

With all the recent talk of the Cemetery Road, I have been thinking about something my mother has told me about the original entrance to the Columbia Cemetery. Apparently at one time in the early 1900s, Mrs. Kizzie Russell donated an ornate entry to the Cemetery. She was the wife of Oley Russell, who built the Russell building on the Square. This ornate entry was removed when Campbellsville Road was widened in the mid-20th century.

My mother has told me that this ornate iron entryway was "one of the nicest things Columbia ever had."

Maybe you or some of your readers could do a little research and find out more about this ornate entryway. It probably would have been written up in the newspaper and maybe there would be a photo somewhere.Maybe the actual entryway is lying around somewhere like the WPA sign which is still in the Russell Building.

I found on Lindsey's website:"Mrs. Kizzie Russell of Columbia also made a substantial gift (to Lindsey) leaving in her will a $1,000 gift to the school."(No year given)

The Nashville Christian Advocate reportedthat Mrs. Kizzie Russell died May 9, 1917, aged 50.

I'd be interested in anything you could find out about Mrs. Russell, her gift to the Cemetery and the Russell Building.

And I just love the name Kizzie.

ANN HESKAMP CURTIS
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