Category:Cemeteries in the Quad Cities
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The following 7 pages are in this category, out of 7 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 7 pages are in this category, out of 7 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Cemetery – A cemetery or graveyard is a place where the remains of dead people are buried or otherwise interred. The word cemetery implies that the land is designated as a burial ground. The term graveyard is used interchangeably with cemetery, but primarily referred to a burial ground within a churchyard. The intact or cremated remains of people may be interred in a grave, commonly referred to as burial, or in a tomb, an above-ground grave, in Western cultures, funeral ceremonies are often observed in cemeteries. These ceremonies or rites of passage according to cultural practices. Modern cemeteries often include crematoria, and some previously used for both, continue as crematoria as a principal use long after the interment areas have been filled. The Oxford English Dictionary defines a cemetery as a burial-ground generally, a large public park or ground laid out expressly for the interment of the dead, and not being the ‘yard’ of any church. Prehistoric cemeteries are referred to by the term grave field. From about the 7th century, European burial was under the control of the Church, practices varied, but in continental Europe, bodies were usually buried in a mass grave until they had decomposed. The bones were exhumed and stored in ossuaries, either along the arcaded bounding walls of the cemetery, or within the church under floor slabs. In Europe this was accompanied with a depiction of their coat of arms. Most others were buried in graveyards again divided by social status, mourners who could afford the work of a stonemason had a headstone engraved with a name, dates of birth and death and sometimes other biographical data, and set up over the place of burial. Usually, the writing and symbols carved on the headstone. Some families hired a blacksmith and had large crosses made from various metals put on the place of burial, in many European states, burial in graveyards was eventually outlawed altogether through government legislation. Instead of graveyards, completely new places of burial were established away from populated areas and outside of old towns. Many new cemeteries became municipally owned or were run by their own corporations, in some cases, skeletons were exhumed from graveyards and moved into ossuaries or catacombs. A large action of this occurred in 18th century Paris when human remains were transferred from graveyards all over the city to the Catacombs of Paris. The bones of an estimated 6 million people are to be found there, an early example of a landscape-style cemetery is Père Lachaise in Paris
2. Quad Cities – The Quad Cities is a region of four counties in northwest Illinois and Southeastern Iowa. The urban core consists of four cities, Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa. These cities are the center of the Quad Cities Metropolitan Area, which as of 2013 had an estimate of 383,781. At the time of European encounter, it was a home and principal trading place of the Sauk, Saukenuk was the principal village of the Sauk tribe and birthplace of its 19th-century war chief, Black Hawk. In 1832, Sauk chief Keokuk and General Winfield Scott signed a treaty in Davenport after the US defeated the Sauk, the treaty resulted in the Native Americans ceding six million acres of land to the United States in exchange for a much smaller reservation elsewhere. Black Hawk State Historic Site in Rock Island preserves part of historic Saukenuk and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the history of urban settlements in the Quad-Cities was stimulated by riverboat traffic. For 14 miles between LeClaire, Iowa, and Rock Island, the Mississippi River flowed across a series of finger-like rock projections protruding from either bank and these rapids were difficult for steamboats to traverse. As demand for river-based transportation increased along the upper Mississippi, the navigability of the river throughout the Rock Island Rapids became a greater concern, over time, a minor industry grew up in the area to meet the steamboats needs. Today, the rocks are submerged six feet underwater by a formed by two locks and dams. As the Industrial Revolution developed in the United States, many enterprising industrialists looked to the Mississippi River as a source of water power. The combination of energy and easy access to river transportation attracted entrepreneurs, in 1848, John Deere moved his plough business to Moline. His business was incorporated as Deere & Company in 1868, Deere & Company is the largest employer today in the Quad Cities. The first railroad built across the Mississippi River connected Davenport. It was built by the Rock Island Railroad Company, and replaced the seasonal ferry service. Steamboaters saw the nationwide railroads as a threat to their business, on May 6,1856, just weeks after completion of the bridge, an angry steamboater crashed the Effie Afton into it. John Hurd, the owner of the Effie Afton, filed a lawsuit against the Rock Island Railroad Company, the Rock Island Railroad Company selected Abraham Lincoln as their trial lawyer and won after he took the case to the US Supreme Court. Phillip Suiter was one of his expert witnesses and it was a pivotal trial in Lincolns career. After the civil war, the region began to gain a common identity, the river towns that were thoughtfully planned and competently led flourished, while other settlements, usually get-rich-quick schemes for speculators, failed to pan out
3. United States – Forty-eight of the fifty states and the federal district are contiguous and located in North America between Canada and Mexico. The state of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east, the state of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean. The U. S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean, the geography, climate and wildlife of the country are extremely diverse. At 3.8 million square miles and with over 324 million people, the United States is the worlds third- or fourth-largest country by area, third-largest by land area. It is one of the worlds most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations, paleo-Indians migrated from Asia to the North American mainland at least 15,000 years ago. European colonization began in the 16th century, the United States emerged from 13 British colonies along the East Coast. Numerous disputes between Great Britain and the following the Seven Years War led to the American Revolution. On July 4,1776, during the course of the American Revolutionary War, the war ended in 1783 with recognition of the independence of the United States by Great Britain, representing the first successful war of independence against a European power. The current constitution was adopted in 1788, after the Articles of Confederation, the first ten amendments, collectively named the Bill of Rights, were ratified in 1791 and designed to guarantee many fundamental civil liberties. During the second half of the 19th century, the American Civil War led to the end of slavery in the country. By the end of century, the United States extended into the Pacific Ocean. The Spanish–American War and World War I confirmed the status as a global military power. The end of the Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 left the United States as the sole superpower. The U. S. is a member of the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Organization of American States. The United States is a developed country, with the worlds largest economy by nominal GDP. It ranks highly in several measures of performance, including average wage, human development, per capita GDP. While the U. S. economy is considered post-industrial, characterized by the dominance of services and knowledge economy, the United States is a prominent political and cultural force internationally, and a leader in scientific research and technological innovations. In 1507, the German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller produced a map on which he named the lands of the Western Hemisphere America after the Italian explorer and cartographer Amerigo Vespucci
4. Illinois – Illinois is a state in the midwestern region of the United States, achieving statehood in 1818. It is the 6th most populous state and 25th largest state in terms of land area, the word Illinois comes from a French rendering of a native Algonquin word. For decades, OHare International Airport has been ranked as one of the worlds busiest airports, Illinois has long had a reputation as a bellwether both in social and cultural terms and politics. With the War of 1812 Illinois growth slowed as both Native Americans and Canadian forces often raided the American Frontier, mineral finds and timber stands also had spurred immigration—by the 1810s, the Eastern U. S. Railroads arose and matured in the 1840s, and soon carried immigrants to new homes in Illinois, as well as being a resource to ship their commodity crops out to markets. Railroads freed most of the land of Illinois and other states from the tyranny of water transport. By 1900, the growth of jobs in the northern cities and coal mining in the central and southern areas attracted a new group of immigrants. Illinois was an important manufacturing center during both world wars, the Great Migration from the South established a large community of African Americans in Chicago, who created the citys famous jazz and blues cultures. Three U. S. presidents have been elected while living in Illinois, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, additionally, Ronald Reagan, whose political career was based in California, was the only U. S. president born and raised in Illinois. Today, Illinois honors Lincoln with its official slogan, Land of Lincoln. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is located in the capital of Springfield. Illinois is the spelling for the early French Catholic missionaries and explorers name for the Illinois Native Americans. American scholars previously thought the name Illinois meant man or men in the Miami-Illinois language and this etymology is not supported by the Illinois language, as the word for man is ireniwa and plural men is ireniwaki. The name Illiniwek has also said to mean tribe of superior men. The name Illinois derives from the Miami-Illinois verb irenwe·wa he speaks the regular way and this was taken into the Ojibwe language, perhaps in the Ottawa dialect, and modified into ilinwe·. The French borrowed these forms, changing the ending to spell it as -ois. The current spelling form, Illinois, began to appear in the early 1670s, the Illinois name for themselves, as attested in all three of the French missionary-period dictionaries of Illinois, was Inoka, of unknown meaning and unrelated to the other terms. American Indians of successive cultures lived along the waterways of the Illinois area for thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans, the Koster Site has been excavated and demonstrates 7,000 years of continuous habitation
5. Iowa – Iowa is a U. S. state in the Midwestern United States, bordered by the Mississippi River on the east and the Missouri River and the Big Sioux River on the west. Surrounding states include Wisconsin and Illinois to the east, Missouri to the south, Nebraska and South Dakota to the west, in colonial times, Iowa was a part of French Louisiana and Spanish Louisiana, its state flag is patterned after the flag of France. After the Louisiana Purchase, people laid the foundation for an economy in the heart of the Corn Belt. Iowa is the 26th most extensive in area and the 30th most populous of the 50 United States. Its capital and largest city by population is Des Moines, Iowa has been listed as one of the safest states in which to live. Its nickname is the Hawkeye State, Iowa derives its name from the Ioway people, one of the many Native American tribes that occupied the state at the time of European exploration. Iowa is bordered by the Mississippi River on the east, the Missouri River and the Big Sioux River on the west, Iowa is the only state whose east and west borders are formed entirely by rivers. Iowa has 99 counties, but 100 county seats because Lee County has two, the state capital, Des Moines, is in Polk County. Iowas bedrock geology generally increases in age from west to east, in northwest Iowa, Cretaceous bedrock can be 74 million years old, in eastern Iowa Cambrian bedrock dates to c.500 million years ago. Iowa is generally not flat, most of the consists of rolling hills. Iowa can be divided into eight landforms based on glaciation, soils, topography, Loess hills lie along the western border of the state, some of which are several hundred feet thick. Northeast Iowa along the Mississippi River is part of the Driftless Zone, consisting of steep hills, several natural lakes exist, most notably Spirit Lake, West Okoboji Lake, and East Okoboji Lake in northwest Iowa. To the east lies Clear Lake, man-made lakes include Lake Odessa, Saylorville Lake, Lake Red Rock, Coralville Lake, Lake MacBride, and Rathbun Lake. The states northwest area has remnants of the once common wetlands. Iowas natural vegetation is tallgrass prairie and savanna in areas, with dense forest and wetlands in flood plains and protected river valleys. Most of Iowa is used for agriculture, crops cover 60% of the state, grasslands cover 30%, as of 2005 Iowa ranked 49th of U. S. states in public land holdings. Endangered or threatened plants include western prairie fringed orchid, eastern prairie fringed orchid, Meads milkweed, prairie bush clover, the explosion in the number of high-density livestock facilities in Iowa has led to increased rural water contamination and a decline in air quality. Iowa has a continental climate throughout the state
6. Oakdale Memorial Gardens – Oakdale Memorial Gardens, formerly Oakdale Cemetery, is located in east-central Davenport, Iowa, United States. It contains a section for the burial of pets called the Love of Animals Petland, in 2015, the cemetery was listed as an historic district on the National Register of Historic Places, and as a local landmark on the Davenport Register of Historic Properties. It is also listed on the Network to Freedom, a National Park Service registry for sites associated with the Underground Railroad. The cemetery board hired Captain George F. de la Roche and it was designed as a rural or garden cemetery, but it transitioned to a landscape-lawn cemetery beginning in the late 19th century. It covers more than 78 acres, some of the graves in the cemetery had been transferred from the overcrowded City Cemetery in the west end. The cemetery is located across Eastern Avenue from the former Iowa Soldiers Orphans Home, there are also at least 11 graves of former slaves who escaped to freedom by way of the Underground Railroad, which led to its inclusion on the Network to Freedom. Two special receiving vaults were built in the cemetery, although neither exists anymore, a brick vault was constructed in 1873 for those who died in the winter when the ground was frozen. A wooden vault was built next to it in 1918 because of the number of deaths as a result of the Spanish flu epidemic. The cemetery entrance is marked by a set of monumental gates, construction of the gates was completed in 1896. The cemetery is home to several private mausoleums. William D. Petersen was the son of J. H. C, Petersen who founded a department store in Davenport that has become Von Maur. He also was responsible for the development of the citys riverfront and his mausoleum was designed in the Gothic Revival style by Davenport architects Rudolph Clausen & Walter Kruse. It was inspired by his wife Saras desire for a similar to the ones she saw in Europe. It was constructed by Presbrey Leland of Valhalla, New York in 1921 for $60,000, the exterior is composed of limestone from Greece. The interior features crypts that were carved from Greek marble and a ceramic tile ceiling that was designed and completed by the Guastavino Tile Company of Woburn, joseph W. Bettendorf was an industrialist for whom the city of Bettendorf, Iowa is named. His mausoleum was built in 1923 in the Egyptian Revival style for $150,000 and its exterior is composed of Barre Granite from Vermont. The interior features crypts carved from marble and Egyptian-inspired stained glass windows. The mausoleum built for Johannna Schricker, widow of Davenport lumber magnate Lorenzo Schricker, was designed in the Neoclassical style by Davenport architect John W. Ross and it was built by the Vermont Marble Company in 1899 at a cost of $6,489
7. Chippiannock Cemetery – Chippiannock Cemetery is a cemetery located on 12th Street and 31st Avenue in Rock Island, Illinois. The word “Chippiannock” is a Native American term which means “place of the dead” and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Rock Island was in need of a permanent cemetery in 1854, the towns population was 5,000 and the dead were being buried somewhat haphazardly in Bailey Davenport’s pasture, which is now Longview Park. The first board of directors of the Chippiannock Cemetery Association included Holmes Hakes, S. S. Guyer, William L. Lee, Bailey Davenport, almerin Hotchkiss also designed Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn and Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis. The property consists of a slope and the crest of Manitou Ridge. The site also features gently rolling wooded hills that climb to a broad plateau and it is located near the midpoint between the Mississippi and Rock Rivers. Hotchkiss designed a system of curvilinear driveways winding around the various burial sections, the landscape design and spectacular examples of art and architecture earned the cemetery National Register status in May 1994. The cemetery was the cemetery in Illinois to receive this recognition. The cemetery includes impressive monuments by Alexander Stirling Calder and Paul de Vigne, many of the monuments reflect attitudes about death and mourning from the Victorian Era. The Sexton’s House is a Gothic Revival farmhouse that predates the cemetery and it continues to serve as the home of the cemetery superintendent. There are more than 25,000 people buried at Chippiannock Cemetery, the preservation of the cemetery is the responsibility of the Chippiannock Cemetery Heritage Foundation as well as other interested citizens. Chippiannock was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on May 6,1994 and it was the first cemetery in Illinois to be listed on the National Register. It is an important location in Max Allan Collinss graphic novel Road to Perdition, “Passages, A Collection of Personal Histories of Chippiannock Cemetery”. Bettendorf, Iowa, Razor Edge Press,2006, official website Illinois Ancestors Chippiannock Cemetery Headstone Photos Some Notable Burials
8. Davenport Crematorium – The Davenport Crematorium is located in Fairmount Cemetery in the West End of Davenport, Iowa, United States. It was the first crematorium established in the state of Iowa, the facility was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. The first attempt to established a crematorium in Davenport occurred in 1880, there was little to show for this effort until 1885 when the Northwestern Cremation Society, later renamed the Davenport Cremation Society, was established. The society sold stock to raise funds and in 1889 commissioned prominent local architect, Frederick G. Clausen, the following year they purchased land from the West Davenport Cemetery Association, now known as Fairmount Cemetery. The facility opened in 1891 and the first cremation was that of Otto Kochert on May 15 of that year, the crematorium was the first in the state of Iowa and thirteenth in the United States. It is the ninth oldest crematorium still in existence in the United States, initially, the crematorium served not only the city of Davenport, but the needs of the state of Iowa and larger cities such as Chicago, Minneapolis, Omaha and Denver. In its first ten years it performed 133 cremations, by the mid-1980s it handled 6,000, a small addition was made to the west side of the building in 1979 when a second crematory retort was added. Initially, the crematory used coke or hard coal for fuel and it took and hour, in later years the facility changed to natural gas and the time it took to complete the cremation process diminished. The building also houses Fairmount Cemetery’s offices, the 1½-story brick structure was designed in the Romanesque Revival style. It rests on a base composed of rubble-squared stone blocks over a partially raised, a hipped, cross gabled roof tops the building. The main floor of the features a chapel, waiting area. The cremation retorts and holding room are in the basement, the cemetery was established as the West Davenport Cemetery in 1881 by stockholders who were mostly of German descent. The first burial in the cemetery was John Dibbern on August 1,1881 and it acquired the name Fairmount Cemetery in 1900. A mausoleum, with 530 crypts, was constructed in 1929, by 2014 the cemetery had performed more than 18,600 burials. Other buildings designed by Frederick G. Clausen, Hibernia Hall Hillside J. H. C, petersens Sons Store Lend-A-Hand Club Fairmont Cemetery at Find a Grave
9. Mount Calvary Cemetery (Davenport, Iowa) – Mount Calvary Cemetery is located in north-central Davenport, Iowa, United States. It was established as St. Marguerite’s Cemetery in the 1850s on 20 acres of property donated by Antoine LeClaire and it was officially platted by the Rev. A. Trevis, the pastor of St. Margarets Church. At the time the cemetery lay outside the city of Davenport, Mount Calvary is in a section of the city that includes three other cemeteries, Davenport Memorial Park, Pine Hill, and Mount Nebo, which is located behind Pine Hill. The first cemetery operated by the Catholic Church in Davenport was St. Marys Cemetery in the west end, Bishop Mathias Loras of Dubuque bought that property on January 17,1849 from Judge G. C. R. The Mississippi and Missouri Railroad right of way was built through the section of the cemetery. Eventually the cemetery became too crowded and Holy Family Cemetery was established in the west end, St. Marys Cemetery was discontinued and the graves were moved to either Holy Family and Mount Calvary in the early 1900s. Mount Calvary Cemetery contains the graves of the bishops and priests of the Diocese of Davenport that surround a crucifix in the far end of the cemetery. Three of the bishops were initially interred in Sacred Heart Cathedral before being re-interred here in 1930. It also contains sections for the Carmelite Nuns, the Congregation of the Humility of Mary, the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, isabel Bloom, artist Edward Catich, noted calligrapher and artist Henry Cosgrove, second Bishop of Davenport, 1884–1906 James J
10. Pine Hill Cemetery (Davenport, Iowa) – Pine Hill Cemetery is located in north-central Davenport, Iowa, United States. It is in a section of the city that includes three cemeteries, Mount Calvary, Davenport Memorial Park and Mount Nebo, which is in the back of Pine Hill. One of the more prominent markers is a memorial to the Masons. A. C. Fulton bought 75 acres of prairieland that was two miles outside the city of Davenport at the time and he had 500 evergreens planted on the property and called the area Pine Hill. The property was out in lots for a cemetery and the first burial was in 1855. Seven area churches maintained a section in the cemetery for their membership, Mount Nebo Cemetery was created in 1861 for B’nai Ameth and Temple Emanuel. The sections maintained by the churches were unified in 1920. A house for the caretaker was built on the property in 1931, the cemetery was the site of the last native prairie plants in Scott County. They were moved to Scott County Park in 1972, the Pine Hill Cemetery Memorial Chapel was added to the property in 2003. Theodore Nevin Morrison, third bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa, 1899-1929 Nicholas J. Rusch, Lieutenant Governor of Iowa, 1860-62
11. Riverside Cemetery (Moline, Illinois) – Riverside Cemetery is located in Moline, Illinois, United States. It can trace its beginnings to Moline Cemetery, which was established to 1851, the original 5 acres of the cemetery was purchased from Samuel and Mary Bell on November 1 of that year. It is located between Fourth and Fifth Avenues at about 33rd Street, and was known as the Fourth Avenue Cemetery. Joseph Pershing served as the first Sexton, and the cemetery was placed under the direction of a Board of Trustees, numerous changes occurred when John Deere served as the mayor of Moline. In 1873 the city took control of the cemetery, and a Board of Directors was appointed by the mayor. Now known as Riverside Cemetery it began to expand to the south on property purchased from various landowners, the main entrance for the cemetery was located on 6th Avenue by the Sexton’s house. At this time William Le Baron Jenney, a prominent Chicago urban planner and architect, what is now Riverside Park was cemetery property at one time. There was controversy about how land was being used. The property between the Fourth Avenue Cemetery and the sections of the cemetery were being used for recreational purposes. Around 1909 the cemetery’s board started selling property to the Park Committee, the Chapel Mausoleum was completed in 1916. The Greek Revival style structure is built of #1 Peerless Buff stone and it contains 800 single crypts,48 companion niches and features stained glass windows. The last house used by the sexton was moved to the property in 1958. It served as the office until 1983 when the office was moved Moline Memorial Park. It ceased as the home in 1998. It is now used by the Director of Moline Parks & Recreation, both Riverside Cemetery and Moline Memorial Park have been administered by the Moline Park and Recreation Department since 1978. An historical cemetery walk is sponsored each September called, Echoes From Riverside Cemetery, costumed actors play the role of one of the people buried in the cemetery. A book was published in 2010 based on the walk, dwight Deere Wiman, actor, playwright and Broadway producer Kathleen Seusy, Diann Moore, Curtis C. Echoes From Riverside Cemetery Moline Illinois 2010, ISBN 0-9841429-0-8
12. Rock Island National Cemetery – Rock Island National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located within Rock Island Arsenal near the city of Rock Island, Illinois. Administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, it encompasses 66 acres, the cemetery is also nearing compliance with the National Shrine guidelines, due to its use of college students during the summer to reset and realign stones. When looking from any one stone there should be seven lines visible, the cemetery was established in 1863 as a place to inter the remains of American Civil War Union army soldiers. Its initial placement interfered with expansion of the Arsenals facilities, so it was moved to a location on the end of the island. Civil War veterans who were interred in Oakdale Cemetery in Davenport, property transfers from the Arsenal in 1926,1936, and 1950 increased the cemeterys area. There are plans for expansion of this cemetery including an addition pavilion, more land. Gene Baker, Major League Baseball player, coach, and scout, lane Evans, Congressman, Illinoiss 17th congressional district Private First Class Edward J. Moskala, Medal of Honor recipient for action in World War II. Jeff Pfeffer, Major League Baseball player from 1911 to 1924, National Cemetery Administration Rock Island National Cemetery Historic American Landscapes Survey No. IL-3, Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal,0.25 mile north of tip of Rock Island, Rock Island, Rock Island County