Woodard Cemetery, at one time, had 51 graves. The first person was buried here in1843 before the city of Knob Noster was established in 1856. In 1942 this site was picked to build what would become Whiteman Air Force Base. It started out as the Sedalia Army Airfield and it functioned as this until 1952. Construction then began to expand the Base and the grounds of Woodard Cemetery were part of that expansion. They wanted to use that land for a missile site. All of the headstones were removed and piled on one side of the Base boundary. Families of those buried there were told that their loved ones would be moved to Laurel Oak Cemetery in Windsor, MO. As far as anyone knows this never happened.
Of the 51 people buried at this site, 21 were my ancestors. They included my paternal Great Grandparents, James Monroe Hughes and his wife Martha Ann Ogan and my 2x Great Grandparents, William Douglas Ogan and his wife Jane Gibson Goodin. There are also several cousins, Aunts, and Uncles interred there as well as my Grandfather, Charles Hughes’ first wife Clara Hester Braden. Only one headstone made it to Laurel Oak Cemetery and that was James Monroe
Hughes. When my husband and I looked for the cemetery in Knob Noster we had to stop to ask about its location since we couldn’t find the address. The 6th person we asked told us that the graves had been moved to Windsor. When we found Laurel Oaks Cemetery we were told there was no record of the families being transferred there but yes, they did have the headstone for James.
I am grateful that I at least found his marker, even though he is not there.
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