The first burial ground in old Rapids City was located on the SE corner of the present First and Dixon Avenues in Rock Falls, and it covered an area of several lots along First Avenue.
In October 1883 the present I.O.O.F. Cemetery was established when the Odd Fellows organization purchased ten acres for $125.00 per acre from the Cook estate, between the Hennepin Canal and Emmons Ave., about one quarter of a mile east of what was then the city limits. John D. Arey, son of the pioneer Deacon Richard Arey, surveyed and plotted the grounds in May 1883. There are a number of tombstones in the present cemetery which pre-date this, and it is assumed that they were moved from the old location. Many of the pioneers of Coloma township are buried here -- Emmons, Worthingtons, Barbers, Goodells, Bakers, Woodworths, Areys, Butlers, Nims, Endertons, Atkins, Morrills, Wrights, and others.
In the 1960's the IOOF purchased the remaining acres between the cemetery and Dixon Road. Presently the cemetery is known as Coloma Township Cemetery.
GPS Coordinates: 41.78365, -89.67634
- Added: 4 Apr 2002
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #1187153
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