Eugene landmarks: 'The people who they are named after are buried here'

Eugene landmarks: 'The people who they are named after are buried here'
The Eugene Masonic Cemetery

EUGENE, Ore. - History rests at Eugene Masonic Cemetery.

Established back in 1859, it's the resting place for a number of Eugene's founding fathers, including Eugene himself.

There's Eugene and Mary Skinner, the first settlers; and Thomas Condon, geologist and missionary.

And it's still an active cemetery, mixing old with new.

But like other places with trees, the cemetery suffered in the ice storm back in February.

The damage can still be seen here on the hill.

"Yes, yes, there is plenty of work to be done out here," said Gerald Morsello, volunteering at the cemtery for his first time last Friday.

After 20 years pitching in there, Tomoko Sekiguchi feels at home.

"I live close by, so it's kind of an extention of my yard I feel like," Sekiguchi said. "If you go on campus and know the names of the buildings, well a lot of the people who they are named after are buried here: Prince Lucien Campbell is in the mausoleum; Maude Kerns is just up the hill."