On Wednesday, July 16 at 8:18 p.m. a report was made to Ada County Sheriff’s Office for suspicious circumstances at East Stagecoach and Swan Falls Road, the location of the Pioneer Cemetery. It was not graverobbers, but youth volunteers digging out old fence posts and cleaning up the old cemetery. Michael Olacsi, a 16-year-old Junior with Idaho Virtual Academy and Life Scout with Kuna Boy Scout troop #208, recently restored the Kuna Pioneer Cemetery for his Eagle Scout Project.
Michael happened upon the cemetery one day and knew that this piece of Kuna history was in desperate need of repair. He then contacted the Kuna Historical Society, and joined forces with them to restore the Historic Pioneer Cemetery. This old cemetery dates from 1880-1889 and is located on Stagecoach Way. Michael and a group of volunteers tore out the old fence and entrance pillars replacing them with a new picket fence and new pillars. They added a new Kuna Pioneer Cemetery sign over the entrance pillars as well as crosses for the graves. They sanded and repainted the old cemetery sign that contains plaques with the names of the deceased pioneers.
The old sign reads “Kuna Pioneer Cemetary,” a common misspelling. The old sign was erected some 53 years ago. Despite the misspelling, the sign was in good enough shape to be preserved. The volunteer also removed weeds, dead bushes, broken glass and trash and occurred on July 16th, 19th, 26th.
The project funding was made possible by the generous donations of Walmart, Ace Hardware, El Galla Giro, Cedar Health Center, Paul’s Market, Indian Creek Sports, Kuna UPS Store, Kuna Lumber, and Lowes. A special thanks to all the many Volunteers, Boy Scout Troop # 208’s Leaders and Scouts, The Kuna Historical Society, The Kuna Grangers, and Cemetery Land Owner Sharon Harmon.