Woodland Cemetery Articles

Miscellaneous Articles and Stories About Woodland Cemetery

IR Nov. 10, 1870 – What to Name It. – Ironton has now a fifty acre cemetery.  Last week a professional graveyard architect was put on it to lay it off in lots, walks and drives.  Now comes the demand for a name.  What shall it be?  This question has agitated the City Council most violently.  Poetic regions have been scoured for a soft, delicious expression, betokening…..(type later)

IR Aug. 5, 1875 – The Cemetery keeper’s house has been struck by lightening several times this year , so that he is now getting used to it.  Very little damage has been done.

IR Mar. 31, 1881 – Mr. D.P. ANDERSON recently erected two beautiful monuments in Woodland.  One is Scotch granite, 14’ high for late I.C. DOVEL, other is John T. EVANS.  Made of Italian marble.

IR Mar. 31, 1881 – p3 c5 Story about enlarging Woodland Cemetery, was then 54 acres…

IR May 10, 1883 – Squire Sutton finished some repairs on the cemetery bridge.

IR Oct. 30, 1890 – The sub-structure of the Cemetery bridge was completed, last Monday, and now is waiting the bridge itself.

IR Feb. 12, 1891 – Woodland cemetery bridge is about completed.  The finishing touches will be put on this Thursday, and Thursday afternoon the Council are invited to go up and inspect it.  Engineer Brown says it is the best bridge in Lawrence county.

IR June 25, 1891 – An addition will be built to the house at the entrance of Woodland Cemetery.

IR Sept. 24, 1903 – More Land. – To be Purchased for Woodland Cemetery. – The City Council met in regular session Friday night, four members present, with Mr. Culbertson in the chair.  The reading of the minutes was dispensed with.  – … A petition from the trustees of Woodland cemetery requesting the council to authorize the trustees to purchase a strip of land adjoing the cemetery owned by Catharine Lambert at a price not to exceed $800 was read and the request granted.  A resolution authorizing the purchase of the land was adopted…

SWR Sept. 3, 1919 – Deaths. – Thurman Moore, aged 29 years, died ..this morning at the home of his father-in-law, Mr. R. H. Sarles, who resides in Woodland Cemetery…[do not have end – strange way to phrase this???]

1914 – picture – The bridge at the entrance of Woodland Cemetery, the most beautiful cemetery in Southern Ohio.


Woodland Cemetery, Ironton’s beautiful “City of the Dead,” is rapidly increasing in its population, and now, according to F. A. Bixby, a member of the Cemetery Board, contains exactly 8,000 graves.

A review of the history of this place, noted throughout the tri-state region for its beauty, shows that the greatest increase in its sleeping population has been made within the past ten or fifteen years.

Woodland was established 53 years ago, the records show, and the first body buried there was that of Mrs. Dosetta Nolten, who was removed from Kelly Cemetery to Woodland on May 18, 1871. The first original burial in the cemetery was of Spiral Dillon, who was buried on May 25, 1871.

In the first years of its history Woodland grew comparatively slowly due mainly to the us of other cemeteries at that time, and also due to the fact that Ironton was much smaller in size than now. In January 1910, there were approximately 4,800 graves, each occupied by a single tenant. Thus there were about 4,800 bodies placed in the cemetery in 39 years, or an average of 123 a year, quite a small growth.

Starting about 1910, however, Woodland became more popular as a burial site and from that year until the present time, 3,620 graves have been added, an average of about 241 per years.

When Woodland was established, a man by the name of Davis was superintendent and he served one year. He was succeeded by Jacob Klineman, who served two or three years and was in turn succeeded by Ambrose Collier, who served until 1886. At that time Nathan Sloane took charge and from that year until 1914, the superintendence remained in the Sloane family.

The elder Sloane served until 1894 when he was succeeded by his son Edward, who served until 1907, when he resigned to accept the superintendence of the Marion, Ohio cemetery. When he left Ironton his brother, Fred succeeded him until July 1, 1914, when he left the city to take charge of the cemetery at Youngstown, Ohio. This office then passed from the Sloane family, Roy Haney succeeded him, and being reelected in July 1924.

It is almost entirely due to the constant attention given, and the great interest shown in the work by this long line of superintendent of Woodland, that the spot has become noted, not only throughout the entire state of Ohio, but also throughout the tri-state region, for its beauty and well-kept appearance. Much of this credit is due to the Sloane family who had it under their control from 1886 to 1914, a period of 28 years. The present superintendent, Mr. Haney, has proved to be a able successor of the Sloane family, and through his work and constant attention to the duties. Woodland is daily becoming even more noted as a really beautiful “City of the Dead”. All Ironton rejoiced in his reelection to the superintendence last July, as it means that the good work will continue.

Mausoleum Suggested
With the now rapid increase in the population of Woodland rises a problem, what to do to secure more burial ground. It is understood that even now the cemetery Board is worrying over this subject and is attempting to purchase ground lying near the present plot. One solution which has been suggested several times and which will undoubtedly sometime come to pass is the erection in Woodland of a large Community Mausoleum. It has been suggested that the most appropriate location for this would be on the plot of ground just inside the gate of the cemetery, on the left. Other nearby cities have erected such mausoleums, Huntington having one to accommodate about 600 cribs, and Portsmouth a similar one. Such a mausoleum would likewise add much to the beauty of the entrance to Woodland.

Many improvements have also been made outside the cemetery which add greatly to its attractiveness. Years ago it was necessary for all funeral processions to go up Third street to Coal Grove, and then out the Maddyville road to what is now the back entrance to the cemetery. This long journey was a great hardship, considering that at that time there were no automobiles and that much traffic was encountered on Third street. Later, when the cemetery bridge was constructed, the processions would go up Third to Lorain. The greatest improvement to date, however, has been the paving of Sixth street, but even now much of the traffic has followed from Third over to Sixth. An even greater improvement is now under construction, and upon its completion the processions will go up Sixth to Vine, then out Vine to Ninth and up Ninth to the cemetery gates. Thus practically all of the traffic will be eliminated.

Methods Improved
With the constant improvement and beautification of Woodland has likewise come great improvements in burial methods. Years ago the grave was indeed crude, and the coffin was lowered only by means of straps held by the pall-bearers. Thus sometimes the coffin would be elevated at all sorts of angles on its way to the last resting place. But only today the grave presents a neat appearance, while the coffin is lowered by a scientific method descending smoothly and evenly. Such improvements make burial services more pleasant.

Because of these great improvements both in and out of Woodland, and also because of the faithful work of a long line of successful superintendents, it is, and will continue to be known as a really beautiful “City of the Dead.”

—Morning Irontonian, 11 January 1925, Sunday, Page 16

Woodland Closing Still Undecided Board Takes No Action On Cemetery Green House Problem
 Submitted by Peggy A. Wells

Decision on the proposed closing of the Woodland cemetery green house must come within the coming month, the cemetery board of control was notified at its monthly business meeting last evening. Bulbs must be planted by Sept. 1 and definite action by the board must be taken by that time.

It has been proposed to close the green house temporarily, due to a falling off in business, but there has never been a formal vote on the matter.

Storm damage to the cemetery was discussed at the session, with announcement that an oak tree over 100 years old would probably be removed. The tree, located in front of the new cemetery residence, was badly damaged in last week’s storm and it will probably be necessary to cut down what remains of the landmark.

Board Members Neil Van Veikengurgh, John Lewe and W. H. Rutledge, Supt. Roy Haney and Clerk Thelma Lawson attended the session.

Ironton Tribune, 2 August 1932, Tuesday, Page 2.

Greenhouse at Woodland Cemetery Discontinued

Operation of the greenhouse at Woodland cemetery is to be discontinued temporarily and no new stock to be purchased.

Closing of the greenhouse, except for disposal of flowers and stock now on hand, was voted at the monthly meeting of the board Thursday evening. Lack of support and a great falling off in receipts was given as reason for the board’s action in discontinuing operation of the flower and plant gardens.

The closing is temporary and only a trial step, it is said, but operation will probably not be resumed for a year.

Adoption of a set of rules governing the setting of plants on graves is being considered by the board and several items, looking toward a “cleaning up” of the cemetery, are being considered. This action will probably be taken at a meeting in the near future.

Board members Neil Van Valkenburgh, John Lowe and W. H. Rutledge, Supt. Roy Haney and Clerk Thelma Lawson attended Thursday’s meeting.

Ironton Tribune, 2 September 1932, Friday, Page 12.

Mausoleum at Woodland Cemetery Provided For In Pfaff Will

Greenup Woman’s Testament Is To Face Court Test Bulk of Valuable Estate At  Disposal Of Portsmouth Woman

Construction of a $10,000 private mausoleum in Woodland cemetery, and the setting aside of $2,000 for its perpetual care, are provided in the will of Miss Carrie Pfaff, age 68 years, resident of Greenup, Ky., who died last August 20 at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Frances Hanna of Portsmouth. Mrs. Frances Hanna of Portsmouth is named executrix and bequests are made to many persons, including minor awards to Mr. and Mrs. Lester Lynn of Russell, Mrs. Anna Keenan and Mr. Davisson of Haverhill.

The will is to be contested at Portsmouth Burgess Kinner, appointed administrator by Kentucky courts, through his attorneys, J. D. Adkinson and V. A. Pollock of Greenup. The bulk of the estate is left to the care of Mrs. Frances Hanna of Portsmouth.

Construction of the mausoleum at Woodland cemetery is to be started when a fair price for real estate can be obtained and Miss Pfaff’s body and those of her parents, her brother, Christian, who died a few years ago, and her sister, Miss Mary, who hanged herself at Greenup ten years ago, placed in it. All now repose at Woodland.

Probated Monday

The will of Miss Pfaff was probated Monday in County Judge W. S. Wheatley’s court at Greenup, being offered by Burgess Kinner of Greenup, curator of her estate, and Attorney J. D. Adkinson. The will was dated August 2, 1932, and witnessed by Police Judge D. B. Warnock and Miss Ona Tibbetts. Miss Tbbetts stated that she signed the document, but did not know it was a will, but thought is was an article concerning the building of a mausoleum in Woodlandcemetery at Ironton. Mr. Warnock stated he knew the same to be a will.

Mrs. Hanna was present, accompanied by Attorney Arthur Bannon of Portsmouth.

The parents of Miss Pfaff were natives of Germany and Mr. Pfaff for years conducted a tailor shop here. About ten years ago, Miss Mary, a sister, hanged herself in an outbuilding on the rear of a lot at their home and was found the next day. The only brother, Christain, died a few years ago and this left an estate estimated to be between $75,000 and $100,000. Only two distant relatives survive.

Mr. Bannon, attorney for Mrs. Hanna, offered Mrs. Idaline Anderson of Greenup, administratrix of the estate, but Judge Wheatley at this session of court did not appoint Mrs. Anderson.

Here’s the Will

A correct copy of the will which was probated in county court reads:

“In the name of the Benevolent Father of all, I Carrie Pfaff, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do hereby make and declare this my last will and testament.

Item 1. I direct that my just debts and funeral expenses by paid as soon as possible.

Item 2. I give and bequeath to Miss Barbara Eiche, my second cousin, of 199 Second street, Hartford, Wisconsin, the sum of $200.

Item 3. I give and bequeath to James Kinner, of Greenup county, Ky., $200.

Item 4. I give and bequeath to Irwin Kinner, of Greenup, $200.

Item 5. I give and bequeath to Elizabeth Kinner, of Greenup, $250, my gold necklace, oval table and cover, wicker settee and rocker, mantle clock and picture, all of which are in the living room; six cane seated chairs, worsted quilt (box pattern) and quilt made of small calico pieces.

Item 6. I bequeath to Caroline Kinner $25 and ladies watch.

Item 7. I bequeath to Paul Leslie Kinner 25.

Item 8. I bequeath to Emma George the sum of $600, a dresser and square oak stand in front bed room, cubbard in the kitchen (with glass doors) plush coat with light fur collar, figured silk dress trimmed in red, sewing machine, rug in the living room, silk quilt with green silk lining and a ladies watch.

Item 9. I bequeath to Mr. George, senior, of Greenup, a mahogany rocker in the front bed room.

Item 10. I bequeath to Mary Agnes Hanna, of Portsmouth, bureau in the back bed room.

Item 11. I bequeath to Julia Lee Hanna, of Portsmouth, my brown coat, scarves and hat and kitchen chairs.

Item 12. I bequeath to Lizzie Smith, of Greenup, $25.

Item 13. I bequeath to Sallie Winters, of Greenup, $50.

Item 14. I bequeath to John Hanna, of Portsmouth, trunk in the back bed room and my brother’s watch. I desire that the watch be given him upon his graduation from high school.

Item 15. I bequeath to Mrs. Anna Keenan the sum of $300 and money derived from sale of the fixtures located in a store building now occupied by Joe George. This bequeath is with the understanding that Mrs. Keenan deed back to my estate the property located in Haverhill, O. This property is my property and should it be necessary for my executrix to sue Mrs. Keenan to establish the ownership, then the above gift of $300 and other bequest shall be null and void and shall become a part of my estate.

Item 16. I bequeath to Mr. Davisson, of Haverhill, O., the sum of $500 and any tools about the place he may want.

Item 17. I bequeath to Mr. Raymond Hanna, of Portsmouth, O., the bed in the front bed room.

Item 18. I bequeath to Mrs. Frances Hanna, of Portsmouth, household effects not otherwise mentioned.

Item 19. Lester Lynn, of Russell, Ky., a feather tick.

Item 20. Mrs. Lester Lynn, Of Russell, $50.

Item 21. I hereby direct my executrix to have built for my final resting place and resting place of my father, mother, sister and brother, a mausoleum of granite in Woodland Cemetery, at Ironton, O., said mausoleum to cost around $10,000 and contain six crypts; five of which will be occupied by myself and family and the sixth at the disposal of Mrs. Frances Hanna, of Portsmouth. Since some of my estate consists of real estate it may not be sold at once at par value. I direct that this mausoleum to be built when, in the judgment of the executrix, said real estate can be sold at a fair value. I further direct that for the upkeep of said mausoleum the sum of $2000 be set aside in trust, the interest of which is to be used for the perpetual care of said mausoleum. In the interval from the time of my death until the mausoleum is ready for the occupancy of our bodies, I direct that my remains be kept in the Community Mausoleum, Woodland Cemetery, at Ironton, O.

Item 22. From the residue of my estate I direct that $200 be used for masses to be read for the repose of the souls of myself and family. Churches where the masses are to be read is to be designated by my executrix. Any balance remaining in my estate after carrying out of the directions of my will, I direct that the same be paid to my good friend Mrs. Frances Hanna who will carry out some personal matters which I have discussed with her during her life.

Item 23. I hereby appoint Mrs. Frances Hanna, Portsmouth, O., executrix of this will and direct that no bond be required. In testimony whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal at Greenup, Ky., this the second day of August A. D. 1932.

Ironton Tribune, 6 September 1932, Tuesday, Page 2.

Woodland Cemetery has appointed a committee in relation to purchase of more land.

Submitted by Martha J. Kounse

Daily Irontonian, Friday August 3, 1888

The committee appointed by the City Council to confer with the Cemetery Trustees in relation to the purchase of more land for the enlargement of Woodland Cemetery, has not yet held a meeting. More land for Woodland is need and the sooner it is acquired the better.  The addition should extend toward the County Infirmary building and include high ground.  The low ground north east is as valuable for farming purposes to the Infirmary as the high ground is desirable for burial lots. By the purchase of lower ground, a fair and equitable exchange might be effected between the Cemetery Trustees and County Commissioners whereby the already beautiful cemetery could be extended and made more beautiful.  Woodland Cemetery with a rapidly increasing population, will before many years be found to be too small.