In one of his last significant acts for Fairmont, Dr. John P. Brown increased the size of his cemetery by about one-third. This was done in 1941 when it became evident to all that the United States would soon become involved in the wars in Europe and the Far East. Everyone expected heavy casualties and there were no other nearby cemeteries available to the general public. Thankfully our area boys did not experience nearly as high a casualty rate as was expected, and the useful life of the cemetery was extended by more than twenty years with the addition of the "1941 section."
(This information was conveyed to me by Paul Thompson, Jr. For many years Paul and his mother, Magenta Lassiter Thompson, looked after the upkeep and operation of the cemetery.)