Oakland Cemetary

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Later Addition

Three (3) areas of the older section of the Cemetery were subdivided for additional burial lots in 2003. A road was constructed in the 3rd Addition to improve access to this area as well. Lots in this new addition are currently for sale, and cost $500.00 per space. This addition, known as the 14th addition to Oakland Cemetery is the largest addition, with a total of 2,530 spaces.

History

Cemetarypic-237x141At a council meeting on May 23, 1870, A.T. Franklin and William Seelen were appointed to investigate and report the most suitable ground for a city cemetery. The council then authorized purchase of 40 acres of land from Hunt, Godfrey and Porter on June 7, 1870. Lots were laid out on January 25, 1871, and W. A. Whitney was elected sexton on July 15, 1871.

Council Authorization

The Council subsequently authorized $100 to be spent upon ornamental trees and beautification of the grounds. There have been 13 additions since the original purchase of land. The population of the cemetery now exceeds that of present-day Moberly.

The kiosk or directory structure is complete! The map and coordinate legend are ready for display.

Staff Employees

With only two full time and four or five seasonal employees, an outstanding job of maintaining and operating the cemetery has been done. The grounds looked very good for Memorial Day and throughout the summer of 2007. The City has received numerous compliments on the job the employees have done. Larry Schermerhorn, the Cemetery Sexton, is also being utilized for duties at the Omar Bradley Airport. Information regarding the Oakland Cemetery, or to inquire about the purchase of a lot can be had by contacting the Public Works Department at the City Clerk’s office at (660) 269-8705 x2052.

Sales and Statistics

Nineteen (19) lots were sold in 2006. There were seventy-five (75) burials, not including Mausoleum spaces.

Contact Information

Larry Schermerhorn, Cemetery Sexton

Email

The main entrance to the Oakland Cemetery is located off of East Rollins Street, just before the Cater Funeral Home.

Moberly, MO 65270
Ph: (660) 998-0132  |  Fax: (660) 263-9398

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Office hours)\ Monday – Friday
(closed Noon – 1:00pm for lunch)

Updates

Projects In Process

There were two (2) grave lots sold; and four (4) graves opened during the month of November.

There are several things going on around the cemetery.  As most of you likely know, the Kiosk that will house the burial maps & charts for the cemetery is about half way completed, and completely under roof.  This has drawn much curiosity as to what it is, but its visibility will only benefit its final purpose.  Long term, as funding permits, we would like to have an electronic data terminal for locating grave sites.  We have the data, just not the software or equipment to use it in this manor.

We are also reviewing bids for the replacement Zero Turn Mower. We have three that are being used, and we try to cycle in a new one every year to cut down on maintenance.  We actually use the mowers about 5 years, as they cycle through the airport and street barn following use at the cemetery.  Last year we did not replace one.  The new mower is budgeted for in the CIP.  While we are not projecting using it for a few months, we always try to buy them just before the end of the year to take advantage of typical year end and off-season savings, plus beat the price hike typical of a new year.

Gates at the cemetery – This has been in discussion on and off since July of 09′.  There has been  $3,000 budgeted in the cemetery CIP for gates.  There are five entrances into Oakland Cemetery, three of which would likely be considered primary entrances.  As we have experienced ongoing vandalism over the years in the form of tipped over grave stones, illegal dumping, theft of flowers & urns, damage and spray painting to the building, there is concern that the new flags, and kiosk will attract more potential vandalism.  The plan for the gates is to have three points of egress open 7 days per week, until at least 8:00 p.m., and probably later on Memorial Day weekend.

As there is no longer a through road in the Cemetery, the only access to the animal shelter, there shouldn’t be any need for people to access the cemetery after dark.  I think the gates will be not only a beneficial security measure, but an attractive feature as well.  By building the gates in-house, we are saving a significant amount of money.  We currently have one gate nearly built, which the crews will be installing and testing soon.  I wanted to try out the first one and iron out the bugs before building a second and third one.