Dusty Scott remembers the old farmhouse and barn that stood for years on 190th Street just east of Western.
The buildings burned a few years ago and, undisturbed, trees and vegetation took over the land.
Scott, who grew up in the area and lives not far away, purchased the five-acre tract several months ago.
Wanting to build on the property, he started last week clearing out scrub timber and weeds.
His efforts came to a halt, however, when he pushed over one fairly sizeable tree.
That uncovered a rectangular stone slab several inches thick.
Curious, he carefully turned it over and discovered it was a grave marker for a World War II veteran.
The stone, like those marking the graves of veterans in countless cemeteries, bears the following inscription:
Ernest William Woodard
World War II
1921 - 1985
Not knowing if there is an actual grave and not wanting to disturb the site further if there is, Scott left the felled tree and marker in place.
Now he is hoping that someone can fill in the blanks.
Scott, who said the name doesn’t appear on the abstract for his acreage, has reached out to Than Maynard, the agent who handled the sale.
He is also hoping that someone will recognize the deceased’s name and can provide information where Woodard was put to rest.
He would also like to contact any surviving family members and turn the marker over to them.