May 31, 2012
Contact: Katrina Schweitzer, (406) 444-4239
McCulloch Commemorates 100th Anniversary of the
“Stanford Cemetery Association”
Stanford, MT- Secretary of State Linda McCulloch on Friday honored the Stanford Cemetery Association with the Secretary of State’s Centennial Award in celebration of the Association’s century of existence in Montana.
“This award pays tribute to the Stanford Cemetery, and its importance to the Stanford community and of Judith Basin County,” Secretary McCulloch said during the ceremony.
Secretary McCulloch presented the award to Rose Schindler, the mayor of Stanford, before various members of the community. The cemetery first registered with the Secretary of State’s office on June 26, 1913.
“It’s a huge honor to be a part of this celebration with all of you, especially for an association that is so near and dear to many of your hearts," Secretary McCulloch said. “This is the final resting place for many of your loved ones who helped shaped this community and Montana.”
Various local clubs and organizations in Stanford have played a vital role in maintaining the cemetery. Volunteers created a map and directory so families could easily locate their loved ones; every Memorial Day, the Stanford Women’s Club decorates the gravestones with red carnations; and the American Legion honors veterans who are buried in the cemetery with a special memorial service.
McCulloch launched the Centennial Project in 2010 to commemorate the momentous anniversary of businesses and organizations that first registered in Montana one hundred years ago, or more. A list of 2013 Centennial Award recipients can be found on the Secretary of State’s website at sos.mt.gov/Centennial.