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Cedar Lawn Cemetery
Incorporated i86s




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Administration Bldg., (new) 48-49

Care, Special, of Plots 31

Cedar Lawn Cemetery, Generai 11-23

Endowments 33

Facilities, Miscellaneous 47

Facilities, Special 37

GR.A.VES, Bricked 39

Grave Vaults, Slate 37

Lot Owners, List OF 65-119

Officers and Directors 8

Perpetual Care Fund 29

Prices of Plots and Gra\'es 25

Receiving Vault 27

Rules and Regulations 5^-^3

Shelter, (new) 49

Title to Plots 27

\\\ULTS, Underground 41, 43, 45


Office: 129 Market St., Paterson, N. J.

J. Edwards Barbour, President Mortimer Inglis, Vice-President

John G. Edwards, Treasurer M. L. McLane, Secretary

SroNEY Heminsley, Superintendent

Charles Agnew
Arthur W. Bishop
John G. Edwards
Mortimer Inglis


Albert A. Zabriskie

J. Edwards Barbour
John W. Ferguson
Vernon Royle

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PRIOR to 1867, interments in Paterson and its vicinity
were made in graveyards, most of them in the direct hne of
the city's growth; all of them unprotected by any adequate
guarantee for the future. They were left to time and chance, with
the inevitable result that they fell into a state of neglect that
was little short of scandalous and, what was worse, with no pos-
sibility of improvement. The longer they existed, the worse they
got, which was the common end of all graveyards established
under the system prevailing two or three generations ago.

Cedar Lawn Cemetery was incorporated on March 28th, 1865,
by a group of far-sighted citizens who saw, in a cemetery sur-
rounded by proper safeguards, the only remedy for the then exist-
ing state of affairs. These safeguards were essentially two: topo-
graphical and financial.

In choosing a site for the cemetery, a location was sought, the
surroundings of which were, of themselves, of a character to insure
permanence. Such a site was found at the southeast corner of the
city immediately opposite to the widening of the Passaic River,
known as Dundee Lake, where the land runs up in a gentle slope
westward from the lake. In all, 135 acres have been here pur-
chased, beginning at the crest of the rise and running down to the
boulevard which skirts Dundee Lake. A glance at the location
shows how admirably the natural configuration of the land protects
the cemetery against the encroachment of buildings. On the west,
owing to the slope of the land, it is practically impossible to even
see the city buildings from the cemetery grounds; to the north
and south, it is bordered by wide boulevards, while on the east,
Dundee Lake will always prevent the erection of buildings im-
mediately contiguous to the cemetery. The result of all this is
that the cemetery enjoys, and will continue to enjoy for genera-



tions, a rural seclusion unique in a cemetery so close to a large
and growing city and so readily accessible from all directions.
Nature provides the barriers against intrusion, hence, so far as
human foresight can predict, the cemetery will remain, for all time,
an ideal resting place for the dead. The tide of buildings can never
o\-envhelm it, as it has overwhelmed the old city graveyards. It
ma}' sweep around to the north and south, but even then, the
cemetery will be safe — a quiet, rural retreat, sacred to the dead

But natural barriers alone will not suffice to secure the future
of a burial place. Experience has proved that the desecration of
graveyards is not alone due to badly chosen sites but to lack of
financial support as well. When a burying ground is merely financed
for the time being, as was the case with the old graveyards, its
eventual decay and abandonment are only a matter of time. New
generations arise that forget the old dead; there are no funds to
pay for caretakers, and the place is left at the mercy of vandals.
The founders of Cedar Lawn, well aware of this, took steps to pro-
vide for the care of the cemetery for all time by providing, out
of monies received, for funds devoted exclusively to the care of the
cemeter}'. The charter pro^ides that out of all sums received from
the sale of plots, one- third shall be set aside for the care and improve-
ment of the cemetery; and this has always been done, the percentage
set aside for this purpose usually exceeding the amount specified
in the charter. This fund, which is used exclusively for the gen-
eral care of the cemeter}^ now amounts to $180,000, and is con-
stantly growing. In addition to this fund, there has also been
established a Sinking Fund, which is held in trust for the benefit of
the cemetery, and which acts as a further safeguard. It will thus
be seen that with a large income devoted solely to the care and
improvement of the cemeter>^ as a whole, the future financial needs
of the cemetery are adequately guaranteed.



Having secured a uniquely beautiful and appropriate site,
the services of Gen. Egbert L. Viele, an expert topographical and
landscape engineer, were secured to lay out the grounds. This was
done with great skill, General Viele, who pronounced the site one
of the best for its purpose he had ever seen, utilizing the natural
advantages of the spot in such a way as to supplement without
destroying the rural charm of the place.

The cemetery is laid out on the lawn system, and while plot
owners are allowed a wide latitude in the adornment of their plots,
wise restrictions are imposed which prohibit anything that conflicts
with the general plan and beauty of the cemetery. It is the policy
of the management to work in harmony with plot owners for the
general benefit, and the excellence of the regulations is universally
admitted. Roads and drives are laid out so as to make all
parts of the cemetery readily accessible; trees and shrubbery are
planted, wherever this can be done to advantage; walls and fences
have been erected around the cemetery to protect it ; a fine receiving
chapel has been built; and every convenience has been provided
that can in any way render the service of the cemetery more

The first lot sold in the cemetery was purchased by Mr. John
Swinburne on August 20th, 1867, about one month before the ceme-
tery was dedicated. The dedication took place on September 19th,
1867, and the first interment, that of Nancy Fletcher, wife of John
Fletcher, took place on September 27th, 1867. From that time on,
the sale of plots constantly increased, not only to those seeking to
provide for future needs but for resting places for those removed from
the old Sandy Hill and other graveyards then and since falling into
decay. Every graveyard in the vicinity contributed its quota,
hence it is not too much to say that the history of the city may be
read on the tombstones in Cedar Lawn. From the old Water
Street graveyard (the oldest in the city) the bones of Gen. Abram



Godwin, of Revolutionaty fame, were brought to rest out of reach
of vandahsm; and here He the Danforths, Rogers and Cookes, who
developed the locomotive industry in Paterson; the Barbours,
whose great thread industr}- is now represented by the fourth
generation; John Ryle, the "Father of the Silk Industry," and a
host of their successors as well as men eminent in other walks of
life, such as Philemon Dickerson, at one time Secretary of State of
the United States; and Garret Augustus Hobart, who filled the
office of Vice-President with distinction.

The growth of the cemetery since its opening has been remarkable.
Its manifest advantages have caused it to grow in the favor not only
of the citizens of Paterson but those of surrounding cities and towns
as well; in fact, it is everywhere acknowledged to be the finest
cemetery in Northern New Jersey with the best assured future.
In all, about 5,000 plots have been sold and 27,000 interments made.
As the total capacity of the cemetery is over 250,000 graves, it is
clear that its service to the community will continue indefinitely.
At the present time, the valuation of the cemetery, including land
and permanent improvements, is about $500,000. As an added
element of value, must be counted the monuments erected by indi-
viduals. Many of these are notable, especially some of the mau-
soleums recently erected which will bear comparison, architecturally,
with the finest examples to be seen in the noted cemeteries of the
country. Altogether, conservative estimates place the cost of the
monuments in the cemetery at about $1,500,000; which would
give the cemetery a total value of $2,000,000, protected by the
Sinking Fund and Perpetual Care Fund above mentioned. As the
value of the cemetery is constantly increasing and promises to
double in the course of the next fifty years, it is incredible that so
great an investment should ever be allowed to fall into ruin. In
the magnitude and character of the cemetery, plot owners have the
best guarantee of permanence.



The cemetery is divided up into plots of various sizes, the
smallest having room for three graves. From this they increase
in size to plots large enough for any requirement. In addition
to this, two sections are set aside where single graves are sold, one
section being exclusiveh' for infants under five years of age. While
the prices of plots vary considerably, according to location, all
are very moderate, and in every case, the purchaser has the
satisfaction of knowing that a large part of the purchase price
will be devoted to the general purposes of the cemetery and to the
perpetual care of his individual plot.

Full information regarding prices of available plots ma}' be
obtained at the offices of the Cemetery in the Paterson Savings
Institution Building, Market and Main Streets, Paterson, N. J.,
or at the Cemetery.

Intending purchasers are urged to visit the Cemetery, where
every facility for fully informing themselves as to its advantages
will be extended to them.




CEDAR Lawn Cemetery covers a tract of 135 acres situated at
the southeast corner of the City of Paterson, Passaic County,
New Jersey. It is bordered on the south by Crooks Avenue,
with an annex running south from Crooks Ave. to Roosevelt Avenue ;
on the west byLakeview Avenue, 1 20 feet wide; on the north by a tract
of land that lies between the Cemetery and Market Street ; and on
the east by the River Drive and Dundee Lake. The topography is
such that the Cemetery cannot be encroached upon by buildings,
except possibly on the north. The western boundary runs along
the crest of a ridge from which the land slopes gently down to the
river, the slope of the land preventing any view of buildings to the
west while the river secures the eastern front for all time. A broad
avenue and a residential section cover the Cemetery to the north
and south. As a consequence of this situation, Cedar Lawn, while
readily accessible, enjoys a rural seclusion highly appropriate to its
purpose and most unusual in a site so near a city.

Cedar Lawn is a place of great natural beauty, and this advantage
has been accentuated by careful development. Trees and shrubbery
have been planted, lawns have been made and excellent roads have
been laid out and maintained, the general effect being that of a fine
and well-kept park.

Although the Cemetery enjoys an almost rural seclusion, yet it
lies entirely within the city limits and can be easily reached by trolley
or carriage from the city or surrounding towns. Out-of-town visitors
arriving by either the Erie or N. Y. S. & W. R.R. can reach the Ceme-
ter}^ by taking the Cedar Lawn trolley from either station. From
Passaic, Lake View and Chfton and adjoining sections, the W^iite



Line Trolley may be taken to the Lake View Avenue entrance.
From points north and west of Paterson the Ridgewood or Suffern
lines may be taken, passengers transferring to the Cedar Lawn line
in the city. From Hackensack and adjoining territory, the Hudson
River line or the N. Y. S. & W. R.R. may be taken to Paterson.
All trolley lines entering the city give transfers to the Cedar Lawn
line. For those visiting the Cemetery by carriage or automobile,
excellent roads run from all points to the main entrance on the
River Road, near Market Street, and to the Lake View Ave. entrance
at Lake View Avenue and Crooks Avenue.




THE time to buy a plot in Cedar Lawn is NOW — now, when
}'ou have the time to give the matter the attention it merits.
Life is uncertain and you do not know how soon the necessity
for a burial plot may arise. It is the part of wisdom to provide for a
certain need before it is upon you, therefore, choose your plot now
when you can give the selection due consideration rather than wait
until you have to do it under the spur of necessity.


The Cemetery has plots of any required size from three graves
up, the price varying according to size and location. If not con-
venient to pay the whole purchase price at once, arrangements can
be made for partial payments, the lot being available for use after
the first payment.

Single Graves

Single graves may be purchased in sections of the Cemetery set
aside for the purpose of single interments.

Plots for Family Groups

In cases where families and their connections wish to be buried
in close proximity, it is suggested that sufficient space be secured at
once in sections where adjoining plots are available. If enough
space is not taken in the beginning, the intention of the owner may
be defeated by the purchase of intermediate tracts by other parties.
By providing adequately and at once for future possibilities, you
will avoid disappointment and regret and have the satisfaction of
knowing that those near to you in life will not be separated from you
in their last resting place. In buying a burial plot, remember that
you are buying for future generations as well as for the present.



Tenitie and Occupancy

Deeds granted by the Company convey the right of sepulture
in the plot absolutely to the purchaser and his heirs forever sub-
ject to the rules adopted by the Company and with no other
restriction except that bodies may not be admitted for interment
for a financial consideration. Each deed includes a diagram of the
lot or lots, such diagram forming part of the deed itself. An exact
copy of this diagram is kept on file at the ofhce of the Cemetery, on
which are noted locations of graves, monuments or vaults, the whole
forming a clear and precise record of interments so that future iden-
tification will be easy and exact. Interments may be made imme-
diately after the first payment on the purchase price of the plot
upon order signed by the lot owner or owners, duly presented at the
office of the Cemetery, where all such orders must be filed before
permits for interment are issued. Order blanks will be furnished
at the office of the Cemetery, on appHcation.

Receiving Vault

To provide a temporary resting place for the dead while arrange-
ments are made for final interment, the Company maintains a
Receiving Vault, where bodies, if contained in metal-lined caskets,
may remain indefinitely. If the case is not metal-lined, bodies may
remain no longer than five days between May ist and September ist.
The Receiving Vault is of modern construction, tasteful in design
and well ventilated. The antechamber to the vault proper is a
chapel 19 ft. by 38 ft., suitably furnished, where services can be
held, in appropriate surroundings, prior to consigning the body to
the vault.




Perpetual Care

THE future of Cedar Lawn is assured b}' a Trust Fund, the
income from which is devoted to the Perpetual Care of the
Cemetery. Under the regulations of the Cemetery, one-third
of the purchase price of every plot is set aside to form this fund,
which now amounts to over $180,000, and is constantly growing. It
is held by The Paterson Sa\ings Institution as Trustee and cannot
be diverted to any other purpose than that for which it was

All deeds include the following clause covering Perpetual Care.

"The consideration named herein includes the perpetual care of the
premises hereby conveyed, but does not include the care or renewal of
any monument, stone, bronze or other work now upon said premises or
which may hereafter be erected thereon."

The importance of this fund cannot be over-estimated. It is
an unfortunate fact, within the experience of all, that graveyards
left without the protection of a permanent fund for their maintenance
inevitably fall into decay. In process of time, they become filled,
they cease to be actively used and are soon forgotten and neglected
by the posterity of those interred in them. This state of allairs is
a reproach to the communities where it exists, but it exists never-
theless and will always do so unless provision for the future is made
in time. The policy of Cedar Lawn is to provide this protection
by the only logical and certain method and the onh' one that can
assure permanence of existing conditions. So far as it is possible
to predict, Cedar Lawn is secure forever. The income of the Trust
Fund is applied broadly to the care and upkeep of the Cemetery,
both individual plots and general features, such as roads, walls,



Lake View and Crooks Aves. Entrance

trees, shrubbery, etc. It includes the cutting and fertilizing of
grass, keeping graves in order, the care of the roads, etc., things
which will always be necessary, also the general care of mausoleums,
which are swept and dusted weekly without extra charge.

Special Care

In cases where special service is required, such as the planting
and care of shrubbery, ivy, flowers, etc., as well as the decoration
of graves with cut flowers on anniversaries or stated times, such
service may be secured by the payment of a fixed sum annually.
Trained gardeners are employed for this work who give the plot
individual attention. This service supplements and does not
conflict with that covered by the Perpetual Care Fund, and is
designed to meet the needs of those who wish for attendance of
special features in their plots, not included in the general scheme
of the Cemetery.


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Special Endowments

WHERE exceptional care is required for all time, plots may
be endowed, the services so provided for including special
care of shrubbery, ivy or other plants with renewal when
necessary, the cleaning of monuments and such other individual
care of the plot as is not provided for by the Perpetual Care Fund.

Wise foresight suggests that the time to provide for such care
of your plot is now, and on a sufficiently hberal scale to insure the
carrying out of your wishes to the fullest extent. Endowments may
be made by depositing an agreed sum with the Company during
your lifetime, or by bequest.

No personal care that you may give your plot during your life-
time will survive your death and the best way to insure its contin-
uance is by establishing a fund that will guarantee the maintenance
of the special features of your plot forever. It is not to be expected
that those who come after you will have the same vital interest in
the matter as yourself, therefore timely action is necessary to guar-
antee the future. Cedar Lawn Cemetery regards endowments as
sacred trusts and accepts them as such.

Co-operation With Plot Owners

THE management solicits the co-operation of plot owners in
beautifying and maintaining the Cemetery, and gratefully
acknowledges the assistance it has received in the past.
Many handsome mausoleums and monuments have been erected
which greatly enhance the beauty of the Cemetery, and plot owners
generally have always shown themselves heartily in accord with
our efforts to make Cedar Lawn the most beautiful cemetery in
the state.




THE Company is ready at all times to give intending pur-
chasers full information regarding available plots and to place
at their command every facility for inspecting the property.
Maps will be furnished and prospective buyers are urged to \'isit
the Cemetery and inspect the plots offered.




Slate or Concrete Grave Vaults

THE Company is prepared to furnish Slate or Concrete
Grave Vaults as here illustrated. These are practically
indestructible. They are damp-proof and protect the casket
from decay and prevent the grave from falling in. The concrete
vaults are of re-inforced construction, the concrete waterproofed
b}^ a special process.

Prices on application



Bricked Graves

Bricked graves, of the styles shown in the accompanying illus-
trations, can be prepared at short notice; two or three days being
usually sufficient for their construction.

Prices on application



GR.A.VE Vaults
Grave Vaults, with two or three erupts, can be built, either
with walls reaching surface to form foundation for the tomb, or
ending below the surface, as preferred.

Prices on application


Concrete Vaults

Vaults can be built with concrete outer walls and brick lining,
with one, two or three crypts, as illustrated, ready for the tomb,
which is not furnished by us.

Prices on application



Underground Vaults

Underground Vaults, of suitable size in proportion to the plot,
can be made. They are built of brick or with concrete outer walls
lined with hard red or enameled brick. The shaft may be continued
to the surface to form the foundation for the tomb, or closed below
the ground level to permit of grass being grown on the surface.

Prices according to size and arrangement of the vault




THE various vaults shown on the preceding pages are of the
t>pes most commonly used. Variations in detail can be made
to suit the needs of individuals, and aside from the styles
shown, we can construct special vaults or graves of any form which
do not conflict with the Rules of the Cemetery. Those intending
to have vaults constructed, are advised to consult the Superin-
tendent, at the Cemetery, who is at all times prepared to give full

Aside from these special facilities, the Cemetery keeps on the
grounds, ready for use, all the most accepted devices for facilitating
the work of interment, such as raising and lowering devices, carpets,
canopies, etc. Where these are rec|uired, the necessary arrange-
ments can be made with the Superintendent at the Cemetery.





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Crooks Ave. Shelter

The Company is now, September, 1917, breaking ground for
two new buildings that will add to the beauty and convenience
of the Cemetery.

The Administration Building. This building will be
erected at the new entrance to the Cemetery and when completed,
will replace the old building for general administrative purposes.
It will be built of pink Pomp ton granite, after a tasteful and
appropriate design, and will contain convenient offices for the trans-
action of business, a large reception room, toilets, private office, a
retiring, or robing, room and a strong fire-proof vault for the pro-
tection of records.

Crooks Ave. Shelter. At the Crooks and Lake View Aves.
entrance a Shelter will be erected for the use of visitors to the Ceme-
tery. It will be of hollow tile construction, stuccoed, and will include
a well-furnished waiting room, toilets, etc. In summer, the windows
will be removed leaving a cool, open pavilion from which an extended
view of the Cemetery and surrounding country may be obtained.

Both buildings will be available to the public at any time the
Cemetery is open to the public.




Governing Cedar Lawn Cemetery.

1. All lots in Cedar Lawn Cemetery shall be held subject to
the conditions, limitations, reservations, rules and regulations
heretofore established or which may be hereafter established by
said Company in respect thereto whether expressed herein or not.

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