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Grissard (Gizard) Cemetery
White County,

This cemetery is located (east) just off of Highway 5, less than a half-mile south of the intersection of Highway 5 and Highway 64,

Latitude: 35.1045302 Longitude: -92.0818137

According to the Grissard Cemetery Association, "In 1840, Mr. Henry Grissard donated land to the community for a cemetery, thus the name ‘Grissard Cemetery’ after its donor. In the early ‘70s, Mr. J.C. Pool and Rev. Ernest Anderson canvassed all the families they could contact who had relatives interred here, asking each family to contribute $500 toward the perpetual care of the cemetery. In 1975 the cemetery acquired two acres west of the existing cemetery at which time a corporation was formed to provide orderly care and maintenance of the cemetery." Donations for the upkeep of Grissard Cemetery may be sent to Grissard Cemetery Corporation, P.O. Box 59, El Paso, AR 72045. This organization has a list showing specific locations of gravesites.

This cemetery is the final resting place for members of the Otho Pool family who died in a tornado that struck El Paso on Sunday, April 18, 1880. Killed were Martha Pool and her children William, 6; Caleb, 2, and Elbert, 4 months. The storm struck about 9 p.m., destroying homes and carrying away the Pool family members. The mother was found with the baby Elbert still in her arms; William’s body was found three-quarters of a mile away. Otho Pool was badly injured but he and another daughter, Martha, survived. A year later, Otho Pool committed suicide. His employer Caleb Warren became guardian of Martha Pool, who years later attended Ouachita College in Arkadelphia.

Contributed on 3/24/13 by hawkinsdonna48
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Record #: 851278

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Submitted: 3/24/13 • Approved: 10/2/13 • Last Updated: 10/5/13 • R851278-G0-S3

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