The signs of human endeavor were evident in the increasing number of new homesteads, schools and roads when Marion was incorporated. The pioneers were well acquainted with these achievements, yet, they were just as familiar with death. Many babies and young children died from measles, pneumonia, diphtheria and other illnesses easily prevented or cured in the mid twentieth century. Because of inadequate care young adults, especially women in childbirth, died, cemeteries had to be set aside for the dead. The first cemetary in Marion was Highland cemetary. The Highland cemetary Association was chartered in the winter of 1873. Land for it was bought from Marshall G. and Angeline J. Freeborn for $800.00. Lots were ready for sale in November 1873. Later Highland cemetary became the Marion City cemetary but is still referred to as the Highland cemetary today.
Well known pioneers buried in this cemetary are Reuben Riggs and his wife Nancy; Thomas Wise, Sr., his wife Gabrella and Daughter Gabrella; William Billings, George Griffith and wife Elizabeth; J. Newton Rogers; William Shreve and Charity Shreve; Rebecca Baxter and Edson Baxter; John H. Costello and two baby daughters.
The Highland cemetary Association is referred to today as the Marion cemetary Board. The City of Marion budgets maintenance yearly for the cemetary and supplies one full time person responsible for the care. The cemetary Board receives revenue from sale of burial lots and grave openings and closings. That revenue is used for improvements. The cemetary Board consists of a seven member board that reports to the Marion City Council yearly.
Highland cemetary is located at Eisenhower and Denver, across from the football field. If you are on Main Street, turn North at Eisenhower and drive to the second road on your left (Denver), turn left, drive approximately 1 block and turn right into the cemetary. If you are coming from Highway 256, turn south on Eisenhower (at Pizza Hut), drive approximately 1 1.2 miles to the second road on your right (Denver). Turn right on Denver and drive approximately 1 block and turn right into the cemetary.
The cemetary Sexton keeps records of all burials at the cemetary. If you would like to do genealogy research in these records, they are open to the public from 8:00am to 3:30pm, Monday through Friday, from March 1st through October 31st.
The restrooms at the cemetary are open from 8:00am to 3:30pm, Monday through Friday, from March through October. If you will be conducting a funeral service after 5:00, or any time from November 1st to March 1st, please make arrangements ahead of time at City Hall to ensure they are opened for your service.
If you have any questions, or need any assistance, please contact the cemetary Sexton
Tim Makovec is at the cemetary from 8:00am to 3:30pm, Monday through Friday, from March 1st to October 31st. You may call the city offices at 620-382-3703 to make arrangements to meet with him, or send a fax to 620-382-3993. You may also contact him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions regarding purchasing lots, arranging funeral services, etc. please contact the city offices at 620-382-3703 and by email at email@example.com.
Cemetery Plot Fees
A. MARION CITY ADDITION
B. SOUTHWEST SECTION
C. 1Y, 2Y, and 3Y SECTIONS
D. ORIGINAL PART OF THE CEMETERY
A. CATHOLIC SECTION
Go to the City of Marion offices (208 E. Santa Fe) and,
A. Locate the lot you wish to purchase
B. Make checks payable to the "City of Marion" in the amount of $100 per plot.
C. The City Clerk will issue a deed to the property
D. All deeds should be recorded at the Register of Deeds at the Marion County Courthouse (200 S. Third Street)
A. A Cemetery Plot may never increase in value. By law, lots may only be sold for $100 each, whether purchasing it from the Cemetary, or from a person already owning a lot.
B. Register all Cemetery Deeds with the Register of Deeds with the name changes. A Quit Claim will need to be issued by the City Clerk's Office.
C. Please notify the City Office which lot you have purchased.
A. ADULT $200.00
B. CHILD $200.00
C. CREMATION $200.00
D. STONE SETTING $25.00
D. AFTER HOURS: an additional $100.00 fee will be accessed between the hours of 5:00 p.m. on Friday until 8:00 a.m. on Monday
****For additional information call the City of Marion Offices at (620-382-3703)