Camas city officials are hoping the community will step forward to help replace a century-old headstone damaged by vandalism last week.
On Wednesday, it was discovered that approximately 15 headstones, many of them in the southeast “pioneer section” of the cemetery, had been pushed off of their pedestals and onto the ground.
On Friday, city of Vancouver public works crews joined those from the city of Camas, with the help of equipment from the Port of Camas-Washougal, to re-mount 14 of the headstones onto their bases. Only one was damaged to the point that it will need to be replaced.
That headstone belongs to the grave site of Alexander Stuber, who lived from 1866 to 1908. His brother and sister-in-law, John and Felicia Stuber, are also buried at the Camas Cemetery. Their headstones were not damaged.
“It’s terrible,” said Denis Ryan, Camas operations supervisor, of the vandalism. “It’s kicked everybody in the gut.”