Oakdale Cemetery correspondence and receipts
Scope and Contents
Correspondence selected from discarded Oakdale Cemetery (Oakdale Memorial Gardens) records as a representative sample of the cemetery's business transactions, correspondence regarding cemetery lots, and receipts for the design, construction, and maintenance of the public mausoleum, 1930-1939.
- Deere and Mansur Works (Organization)
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Biographical / Historical
Oakdale Memorial Gardens, formerly Oakdale Cemetery, was established as a non-profit cemetery by a group of Davenport businessmen as an alternative to the overcrowded Davenport City Cemetery and the for-profit Pine Hill Cemetery, and was incorporated as the Oakdale Cemetery Company May 14, 1856. The cemetery board hired Captain George F. de la Roche, who had finished the design of Oak Hill Cemetery in Washington, D.C. five years earlier, to complete the design and platting of the cemetery. It was designed as a rural or garden cemetery, but it transitioned to a landscape-lawn cemetery beginning in the late 19th century. The community or public mausoleum was designed by Davenport architect Seth J. Temple, and was known as Oakdale Abbey. The non-sectarian mausoleum was built in the early 1930s.
Language of Materials
Range 37 Section 08
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Baird, Frank
- Bettendorf (Iowa)
- Cemeteries -- Iowa -- Davenport -- History -- Sources Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- City of Davenport (Iowa)
- Clinton (Iowa)
- Cook, Clarissa C
- Des Moines (Iowa)
- Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
- Iten, Louis
- Iten, Theresa
- Krause, Louisa
- Miller, Josephine
- Minneapolis (Minn.)
- Mitchell, Edna
- Moline (Ill.)
- Oakdale Cemetery (Davenport, Iowa) -- Records and correspondence Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Oakdale Memorial Gardens -- Records and correspondence Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Saint Louis (Mo.)
- The Randolph
- Toerring, Dorothea
- Deere and Mansur Works (Organization)
- Oakdale Cemetery (Davenport, Iowa) (Organization)
- Oakdale Cemetery Association (Organization)
- Peterson, N A (Person)
- Fahrner, John (Person)
- Meyer, Theodore J (Person)
- Tunnicliff, N H (Person)
- Grace, F C (Person)
- Snow White Baker (Organization)
- Iten Biscuit Company Manufacturers (Organization)
- Iten, Frank J (Person)
- Clausen, Ernest (Person)
- Munro, Morgan E (Person)
- Freeman-Smith Lumber Company (Organization)
- Yellow Pine Lumber (Organization)
- The Bettendorf Company (Organization)
- Bettendorf, J W (Person)
- American Trust Company (Organization)
- Johnson, F A (Person)
- Smith, M C (Person)
- Dille and McGuire Manufacturing Company (Organization)
- Richmond (Ind.) (Organization)
- McGuire, C A (Person)
- The U N Roberts Company (Organization)
- Roberts, Edward C (Person)
- Home Undertaking Company (Organization)
- Seattle (Wash.) (Organization)
- Lail, V N (Person)
- Language of description
- Script of description
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