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Photo of Oaklawn Cemetery
OakLawn, a very large urban cemetery, but with a lot of old stones and some neat modern ones too. Founded as Manchester Cemetery Association in 1878 by the Harter family, it was incorporated as Oaklawn Cemetery in 1914. With almost 18 acres of quiet, reverent burial spaces, Oaklawn offers the community one of the finest maintained cemeteries in the area, located at 600 Beckley Street, North Manchester, Indiana.

Oaklawn Cemetery, located on Beckley Street, south of ninth street in North Manchester, First burial here in 1878 and currently in frequent use. At least 86 stones here are known to have been removed from the abandoned Holderman Cemetery on Market Street and at least 16 stones removed from the Harter Cemetery, abandoned and now a parking lot.

The South End of Oaklawn Cemetery is the oldest part and that section has a large number of mature hardwood trees.

Most of the names in Manchester's history are represented here including Maple, Messmore, Harter, Heckathorn, Strickler, Eichholtz, Wells, Wagner, Roadarmel, Kuhnle, Heeter, Flook, Noftzger, Bonewitz, Lautzenheiser, Kircher, Kyler, Cowgill, Burge, Church, McFann, Strauss, Ballenger, Sellers, Miller, Switzer, Young, Baker, Keesley, Sincroft, Lower, Grossnickle and many others. It should be noted that two Manchester College Presidents - David Howe, the first president and his lst wife Delilah, and Vernon Schwalm and his wife, Florence are buried at Oaklawn. Also Andrew Cordier and his wife Dorothy Butterbaugh Cordier are resting at Oaklawn.

Added by: SixDogTeam
11/14/2007

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