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Allison Cemetery, Allison, Iowa

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In the very early days of Allison, a cemetery was started on a hill south and
east of Allison at the site where the corn bins are now standing near the Allison
Implement Shop. When the land for the present site was chosen, the graves were
moved to the new site except for one. The unmoved grave was that of a person known
to have died from smallpox and the grave was left untouched. The exact whereabouts
of this grave and the name of the deceased is unknown.

The Allison Cemetery was first incorporated on June 6, 1885. The land was
bought from E.W. Koester for the sum of $325 and a deed to Lot Number 8 in the
cemetery.. On May 17,1886, a motion was made by the town council to build a fence
around the cemetery. Lots at that time were sectioned out into groups of eight
graves each. Those serving on the town council at this time were W.H. Lathrop,
Mayor, J.K. Winsett, L. Pharo, J.W. Davis, J.T. Diggens, G. Hazlet and C.W. Lewis,

In 1903, a benevolent society under the leadership of Mrs. C. Craig appointed a
cemetery committee and the work of draining and putting the ground in order was

A second addition was added to the cemetery to the east and north of the
existing cemetery. At this time the lot size was changed to lots of four graves. A
third addition was made in 1970. It is still called the new addition and is situated
to the north. On Once again the size of the lots were changed and sectioned into
eight graves to a lot. A set of four lots were set aside in the center of the new
section for a flag pole.

This cemetery is cared for by the sale of lots and a tax levy. Many beautiful
evergreens were planted and these grace the well kept grounds. On Memorial Day of
1984, eighty-three flags were flown over the cemetery honoring veterans both living
and deceased from the surrounding area who have served our country. This was a
project of the Allison Amvet Auxilary.

The Allison Cemetery can be found in Section 31 of Jackson Township on Highway
14 in Butler County. After each name listed in the following pages is the letter L (lot) or NAL (new
addition lot) and a number which will help those looking for a certain stone or

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