Robert Stockton gets Eagle Bandge |

Robert Stockton gets Eagle Bandge

Staff reports

Robert Stockton, 16, was given his Eagle Badge in ceremonies at a Court of Honor Sunday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Gardnerville.

For his badge, Robert cleaned up and catalogued the headstones in the Antelope Valley Cemetery in Coleville, Calif.

The recording process took about a year and a half. He noted down all of the information on and location of about 500 headstones in the 2-acre cemetery, according to his mother, Buffy Stockton.

She estimated that Robert spent more than 500 hours on the project, entering the data into his computer and printing out the catalog pages.

He worked closely with the secretary-treasurer of the Antelope Valley Cemetery Board, Loretta Gansberg Brown. Brown, who grew up in Fredericksburg in Carson Valley, graduated from Douglas County High School over 50 years ago.

The cemetery catalog was some 150 pages, and at the Court of Honor, Robert presented Brown with one of the catalogs. He also presented one to Gerald Cottrell, head of the LDS church family history center in Carson City.

Robert bound several catalogs and sent them to various libraries. Some 40 friends and other Scouts helped Robert with the cleanup of the cemetery.

George Keele of Minden, representing the Nevada Area Council of Boy Scouts of America, presented Robert with his badge. Also in attendance at the Court of Honor was Sen. Lawrence Jacobsen (R-Minden).