"Flick's" Wife Among Historic Gravestones Vandalized at Oak Hill

19 Nov

Reader Submitted

A Gazette reader submitted photos of recent vandalism which occurred at Oak Hill Cemetery in Hammond.  Oak Hill is home to numerous historic gravesites including civil war veterans and notable dignitaries from the Calumet Region.  In this instance, one marker belonged to Opal Flickinger, wife of Jack Flickinger.  Jack Flickinger is believed to be the inspiration for the character “Flick” in the move A Christmas Story.  A bronze headstone was also damaged.  North Township Trustee Frank MrVan took over operations at the historic cemetery in 2011 after the owners failed to properly maintain the site.

A local group, Friends of Oak Hill Cemetery, has diligently worked to assist in repairing the damage done to the gravesites from years of neglect.  The group has worked diligently to assist in identifying gravesites, conduct periodic maintenance, and restore the cemetery.

opal flickinger, wife of jack flickinger

Headstone of Opal Flickinger, wife of “Flick” from a Christmas Story disrupted

headstones vandalized at oak hill cemetery

An overturned headstone at Hammond’s historic Oak Hill Cemetery appears to be the result of vandalism.


3 Responses to “"Flick's" Wife Among Historic Gravestones Vandalized at Oak Hill”

  1. Perry MX Stabler via Facebook November 19, 2013 at 7:10 am #

    The person or persons who did this will have bad Karma … Guess they never heard R.I.P. …MX

  2. Chris November 19, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    Its because hammond has turned into a cesspool of hoodrats and criminals!

  3. Denise Snyder Kerr via Facebook November 19, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

    her daughter, jean howell, is on the you know you’re from hessville if….. page. can someone post this so she sees it. she needs to know her mom’s grave has been disturbed. thankyou.

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