The Friends of Silverbrook Cemetery meet the third Thursday each month at 7 p.m. at the Niles Law Enforcement Complex, located at Main St and Silverbrook Ave.
In addition to discussing progress made with our restoration and education projects, we feature a Guest Speaker. Past speakers have given talks about the history of Niles, gravestone restoration, and biographies of leading citizens. Many of our members also have interests in genealogy and local history. Members, nonmembers, and guests are always welcome to attend at no cost.
- Published: January 17, 2018 January 17, 2018
The Friends of Silverbrook Cemetery will meet on Thursday, January 18 at 7 p.m. at the Law Enforcement Complex, 1600 Silverbrook Ave. in Niles.
As always, the public is welcome and there is no fee to attend.
- Published: November 22, 2017 November 22, 2017
Vickie Caison, one of the original Friends of Silverbrook Cemetery, passed away last Sunday after a long illness. I remember meeting her at the local Hardees over 10 years ago. I had recently moved here to Niles and wanted to document the local cemetery. I found that Vickie had done much of that work already. She was looking for some way to preserve and display her hard work. A few months later, we met with other folks who had skills and interests in the physical appearance of the cemetery and history preservation. And that's how the Friends of Silverbrook Cemetery was formed.
What you see here at www.friendsofsilverbrook.org owes much to her early work and tenancity. We spent many hours discussing how the site should be designed and the quality of the uploads. Many of the photos she uploaded have her signature watermarks on them.
As she got sicker, she was unable to do what she loved, which was to get outside, take pictures and do her research. Even homebound, she would email corrections and give advice for several years.
We now have several volunteers who are carrying on her work.
Her funeral service is later today at Halbritter Wickens.
She will be missed.
Bob Nightingale, webmaster
- Published: October 14, 2017 October 14, 2017
On October 21 at 10:00 am, the Niles History Center is teaming up with the Friends of Silverbrook to offer cemetery tours. Learn about historical people and famous folks who played an important role in the history of Niles, including Orville Coolidge, John Gipner and Ella Champion. Several individuals who were instrumental in the business and industrial development of the city, such as Carmi Smith, former mayor and real estate developer, and Kawneer founder Francis Plym are interred here as well.
This year’s tour will place special emphasis on the Garden of Memory. Attendees will walk through the 1930s addition to the cemetery with special stops at the Chime Tower and Silverbrook Abbey. The Silverbrook Abbey was built in 1926 and serves as the final resting place for many area residents, including well-known optician, Dr. Fred Bonine and William Harrah, a co-founder of National Standard. The tour is free but donations are appreciated and will benefit the Friends of Silverbrook and the History Center. Reservations are recommended as tour space is limited. Please call 269-845-4054 to register.
Please check the Niles History Center's website, www.nileshistorycenter.org, for more information or call 269-845-4054. The Niles History Center is located at 508 E. Main Street, Niles, MI. To receive first notice of upcoming programs and events, consider becoming a member of the History Center.
- Published: April 28, 2017 April 28, 2017
With spring upon us and summer coming right next, you might be coming out to Silverbrook Cemetery to prepare and clean up your family's graves. Or you just might be taking a lovely walk through our historic property. As you do, keep an eye out for our United States Flags that might be remaining from last year. Although these flags could be still in their upright position, they may be looking tired, torn and worn. Or some may be lying in the dirt, having gotten caught up in the winds from the storms this spring.
The Friends of Silverbrook Cemetery, along with the Rebecca Dewey Chapter of National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, is asking that you gather your old flags so they can be properly disposed. If you see worn out flags in the Cemetery that are not on your family's grave site, please inform the cemetery office so that one of the city employees can gather them during their regualar maintenance.
You can deposit your old flags in the receiving tub at Niles City Hall at 333 N. 2nd Street and allow the Rebecca Dewey Chapter to properly retire your flags. The Chapter can be contacted at www.dewey.michdar.net.
For more, click here to see a full interview with Kat Alton on WSBT-TV.
- Published: April 25, 2017 April 25, 2017