MARSHALL - Workers from T E Underground out of Tyler on Monday started ditching at the Marshall Cemetery to lay water pipe, the first time water will be available on-site since the 1960s.
The water pipe is being installed for the convenience of cemetery visitors who want to maintain potted and hanging plants around the graves of their loved ones.
"It's OK for people from Marshall who can bring water from home," said Lyle Moseng, secretary-treasurer of the The Marshall Cemetery Association, "but for people from out of town coming on Memorial Day it's difficult."
According to the records of the association, Lake Marshall Township deeded 40 acres of land to the association in 1897 for the sum of $1.
In 1898 the Committee on Water Supply contracted with Adair Bros. to dig an artesian well on the grounds.
The well supplied water until the 1960s when it started to run dry.
"We want people to know we will have water available to water plants," said Dave Sabin, cemetery board chairman. "The money was raised from the sale of graves as part of the perpetual care."
Water should be available from a tap by the crematorium by next week, said Sabin. The association has tentative long-range plans to run lines to other parts of the cemetery.