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Alton City Cemetery Photos


Courtesy of Angie Johnson

Courtesy of Angie Johnson



Courtesy of Angie Johnson

Courtesy of Angie Johnson


Courtesy of Angie Johnson

Courtesy of Angie Johnson


THE CITY GRAVEYARD (Alton City Cemetery)
Source: Alton Telegraph, October 19, 1844
It will be observed, by a reference to the abstract of the proceedings of the Common Council, which appears on our first page, that the title of the city to the graveyard, last donated by Major Hunter, has been perfected, and a suggestion made that a subscription be raised among the citizens for the purpose of enclosing and improving the same. We have no particular objection to this plan, but it appears to us that the preferable mode would be for the Council first to prepare the ground by clearing off the underbrush and all decayed, unsightly, and superfluous trees, and surrounding the whole by a neat and substantial fence, and then laying it off in regular lots of suitable size and shape, to be disposed of on reasonable terms. By this means, every citizen might procure, at but little cost, a final resting place for himself and family, without any apprehension that a stranger might separate him from the wife of his bosom, and the children of his love, when sleeping in their "dark and narrow house." We throw out this hint for the benefit of those to whom the superintendence of this matter has been intrusted, in the hope that they will give it whatever consideration it may be found to deserve.




Source: Alton Telegraph, July 26, 1845

The particular attention of the citizens of Alton is directed to the advertisement in another column, fixing the time and place of sale of the lots laid off in the Alton Cemetery. A plat can be examined at any time previous to the day of sale by calling on Mr. Brudon, the sexton. The maximum price fixed upon the lots is ten dollars, and the minimum, five dollars. Those having friends interred within the limits of any of the lots are to have the right to take them at the appraisal. In all other cases, they will be sold out on the ground to the highest bidder for a choice. It may also be well to add that the entire proceeds of the sale of the lots, by the act of incorporation, is to be appropriated in fencing and beautifying the ground. We hope there will be a general attendance of our citizens.



Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 10, 1900

Mr. George Booth of Chicago is in the city for a few days, and while here he is interested in having marked with appropriate stones the graves of four officers of the United States army, who were killed during the Mexican war and were brought here for burial. Mr. Booth was one of the pallbearers, and he remembers where the bodies laid. While at the cemetery, he visited the part where the bodies are lying, and he found that during all these years no marks had been placed on the graves. He interested H. J. Bowman, who will write to Quartermaster Nichols of St. Louis, to induce him to furnish markers for the graves. The four men were: Capt. Baker, Lieut. Rodney Ferguson, Lieut. Robbins and Sergeant Fletcher. They fell in one day in the battle, and their bodies were sent home at one time, being interred side by side. Mr. Booth will leave for Chicago this evening, where he is making his home with his daughter. He is a former resident of Alton, having lived here until 1869, and he makes annual visits here to the graves of his wife and children.




Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 28, 1907

Mrs. George McCollum today complained to Mrs. S. Demuth of the health department, of the irregular methods employed by a man in burying the body of an infant child in City Cemetery. Mrs. McCollum, with several other women, witnessed the occurrence. They say that a man, who had procured a permit to bury the body of an infant dead at birth, in City cemetery, put the body in a gunny sack and interred it. The women were horrified at the manner in which the work was being done, and they protested and were told to attend to their own business. They say that bad language was used in addressing them they very much resent. Mrs. Demuth took the matter up with the cemetery board officers, and they said that inasmuch as the body was buried at the depth required by law, nothing could be done. The body was buried on ground bought by the man who was burying it. Much indignation was expressed by the women who witnessed the incident, and they made it warm for the man, but their protests were of no avail. Mrs. Demuth has required the cemetery board to require the use of a box for burials.




Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 1, 1915

The Alton Cemetery Board of directors held a meeting last evening to discuss the question of changing the rules and regulations and the constitution and by-laws of the City Cemetery. It was said today by Secretary Hewitt that the constitution and by-laws was adopted in 1840, and naturally being 75 years of age had very little in them that would fit modern ideas and conditions. It was found desirable to make changes so copies of other sets of rules and regulations, constitution and by-laws of cemeteries in other cities were secured, and there will be an adaptation to the needs of the Alton City Cemetery. Mr. Hewitt said that the principal changes at present consist of a rule that there shall be no more high mounds made over graves. The maximum altitude of a mound will be 3 inches, so that the grass may be kept in better condition. The high mounds dry out, and it is very difficult to keep the grass growing or to cut it. All lot owners will be requested to lower the mounds as fast as practical. Another change is one that will forbid the use of more than one "marker" for a grave, and the size of these will be limited to 24 inches in height and six inches thick. The marker may be placed at either the head or the foot of the grave. This rule will be effective January 1, 1916. There are many other changes which will be made in the interest of making the cemetery appear better. There is some discussion of a change in the scale of prices for graves. Sunday funerals are to be discouraged, and wherever practical it is urged that funerals be held on week days.


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