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Letter: New film continues telling of untruths

By Janine Eller Porter, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho I read the article that appeared in your newspaper Sept. 26, 2018 about the film being made about Loon Lake Cemetery and Mary Jane Terwillegar with extreme sadness and disgust. Why do two men from Holl...

By Janine Eller Porter, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

 

I read the article that appeared in your newspaper Sept. 26, 2018 about the film being made about Loon Lake Cemetery and Mary Jane Terwillegar with extreme sadness and disgust.

 

Why do two men from Hollywood think it is appropriate to make a film about a young woman being a witch, which is a complete lie? They are continuing the many untruths told for several years. This lie has caused extreme vandalism in the Loon Lake Cemetery, where Mary Jane and her parents are buried. Not only has Mary Jane’s tombstone been stolen from the cemetery, but many others have been stolen, or completely broken as well. I have been told that there have been attempts to dig up Mary Jane’s body. You have got to be kidding.     

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As a descendant of John and Phoebe Terwillegar, I am extremely upset about the film and the destruction of the cemetery. I have done extensive research about Mary Jane Terwillegar and her family. Mary Jane and her parents did not live in Jackson County when she died. She died of diphtheria in Cherokee, Iowa in March 1880. John and Phoebe Terwillegar lived in Dickinson County, Iowa at the time. They later moved to Jackson County.

 

The Loon Lake Cemetery Association has tried very hard to clean up and repair the cemetery.  They have made great strides, but the release of this film will only cause more people, who have nothing better to do, to cause more vandalism to the cemetery.

 

You may ask why a person from Idaho cares about a cemetery in Minnesota. I care about the resting place of everyone one of my ancestors. I care about the resting place of Evert Terwilliger (yes, this spelling), 1767 in Ulster Co., New York; John Terwillegar (yes, this spelling), 1905 in Jackson Co., Minnesota and Bertha Terwillegar Eller, 1956 in Idaho Co., Idaho. Their resting places are sacred grounds and should never be disturbed.

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