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Jane Sommer (#47891012)
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Bio Photo I am a former longtime volunteer board member for Woodland Cemetery.
My other cemetery interest is for my grandparents, a sister and two cousins who are buried in Woodland.
My volunteer project has been to research for any missing burial for Woodland mostly before 1920 after making a lot or grave layout from the surveyor map by sections and to preserve all the burial records available.

I promised to voluntarily stay on with my project I started several years before the sale of the cemetery to continue with my ongoing research to find old burials by searching obituaries or any other source available at the Monroe County Historical Society archives.

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Short cemetery history:
Woodland Cemetery dates back to it's beginning in 1824 when it was then Grove Cemetery. (Grove Cemetery began in 1810 but no burial records have been found). Some old obituaries have the burial to be in Woodlawn Cemetery. The name was changed from Grove to "Woodland" in 1843 and Woodland Cemetery Association was organized July 3 1868 when Woodland trustees purchased the property from the Grove Cemetery trustees.
In 1879, 15 families formed the Woodland Vault Assoc. purchasing two lots for the erection of a mausoleum which stands empty today. It was used for a period of time in the winter months because the frost was too deep for digging. There are records for the mausoleum (chapel usage from 1879 to 1897).
For years, Woodland Cemetery was managed by the Board of Trustees and the lot owners as the Woodland Cemetery Association.
In 1991, since there was a lack of interest of lot owners by not attending meetings, the board was forced to make changes. The Board voted to manage the daily operations and did so until age and health forced another change - sell the cemetery.
In 2002, the search for a buyer was accomplished by the Cemetery Board and the cemetery was sold to the City of Monroe.
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Michigan did not require the cemeteries to keep record until 1920. So before 1920 a lot of information was retained in the sexton's head instead of making a record and when a sexton left the job, often went the record.
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1. FAG is a grave registration site and the memorials I make are from walking the cemetery and Woodland burial records.

2. Anyone creating a memorial on FAG as buried in Woodland Cemetery should be sure they have the correct cemetery.

3. One cannot always rely on the spelling of a name and/or date on a memorial or a marker as correct info because errors have been found in many research places. One must make and post "as found" on the memorial with a note of explanation added in the bio.

4. A memorial transfer request must be made by the Find A Grave guidelines in order to expect a reply or a transfer.

Jane Sommer (Woodland Cemetery record volunteer)
Rev. 6-26-2017
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RE: John Arting # 69502995
Agreed, it does look like it might have come from Erie Street. That's not unusual... some folks started at Erie Street and were moved to Woodland and then moved again to Highland Park or Lake View as the city grew! This gravesite is at the northern edge of the cemetery, to the right just before you leave the gate on Quincy if you drive through the cemetery up the center lane from south to north. In the background of the photo you can see some of the businesses and homes on the north side of Quincy at E. 69th. It's a peaceful area, though, with lots of German and eastern European names on old and weathered stones. The cemetery is old, time-worn, and not so neatly arranged anymore, but it is full of fascinating stories and has a quiet grace. So glad to have taken this photo for you.
Added by Janice on Sep 21, 2017 3:40 PM

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