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Photo of Bountiful Memorial Park
The first burial plot in Sessions Settlement (Bountiful) was near the spot where the Hogan Cabin now stands in Woods Cross. In the following few years, twenty individuals including, two Native Americans, were buried there. In 1854, a new cemetery site was selected at this present address 2224 South 2nd West. Luther S. Burnham donated 10.23 acres of land “for a burial ground.” Stephen Hale Ellis, son of early pioneer John Ellis, sold his adjoining land for $50.00 to make a full twenty-acre cemetery. Some of the bodies were moved from the Woods Cross burial ground to the new site. In early 1850’s, there were no undertakers. The dead were packed in ice at home, and the neighbors sat with the body (the wake). Any vehicles available were used for conveyance, often white top wagons and buggies in summer, sleighs in winter. The funeral of John Fisher was the first to use a horse-drawn hearse, owned by William H. Steeper of Centerville. The wagon was white and very elaborate with drapes at the plate glass windows.

Added by: John Warnke

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