Leaf pickup will begin Monday October 15th. PLEASE rake leaves into street away from the storm drains. CIP 12: The curbing will be completed today (Wednesday) and the driveways will be completed on Wednesday and Thursday. You can drive on your driveways SEVEN days after they are installed! The contractors will begin work on the road surfaces on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with the blacktop work scheduled for Monday and/or Tuesday (October 22nd and 23rd). Sod work will begin also that week of October 22nd (I am guessing after the blacktop is completed). Also, a reminder that the Special Assessment hearing will be held on Tuesday, October 23rd at the FIRE HALL at 7:00 p.m.

History of Woodlawn Cemetary

The first Stewartville Cemetery was located in a beautiful spot, directly north of the dam. There are no records to show how the land was procured because it was incorporated. The ground was too low and endangered the mourners many times when fording the river to reach the burial ground. There were instances when a casket was taken by boat across the river.

When the Presbyterian Church was built in 1870 and a cemetery was laid out south of their church, the twenty or more caskets were removed from the former spot and placed there. This continued to be the town burial ground until it was decided that this land would be ideal for the new two-story frame schoolhouse. The school was built in 1894, which is the present site of Central Intermediate School. Woodlawn Cemetery was then established in 1894 and the bodies were again moved to the new location. In 1924 according to the terms of the will of A. Orlando Anderson, Woodlawn Cemetery was bequeathed a $10,000.00 trust fund to be held by the Stewartville National Bank. The income from this fund was to be used for the upkeep of Woodlawn.

The civic minded action of Mrs. Mary J. Anderson in fulfilling the precept of her husband’s will was one of the first instances in the history of Stewartville where the cemetery has been bequeathed a sum of money this size. In 1966 the village of Stewartville turned the property over to a newly formed association. The association was headed by P.P. Henning as its president. Mr. Henning then asked for one member from each of the five churches in Stewartville at that time, to volunteer for the original board.

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Nick Conrady