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Woodmere Chapel Receiving Vault & Crematorium

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Our History

Not long after the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, Woodmere was organized by a group of Detroit businessmen in 1867.  The Cemetery features a beautiful landscape originally designed by world-renowned landscape architect Adolf Strauch.   At almost 150 years old, the vast array structures, statuary and monuments have shown to stand the test of time.  

Memorialized here forever are the area's most notable citizens, with several of these key figures listed below.   The cemetery also houses the remains of Civil War and World War II soldiers within its borders.  Also interred at Woodmere was James Vernor, Detroit-based pharmacist and founder of the oldest existing ginger ale brand, Vernors.  Vernors has been known to help cure stomach-aches for over 150 years.

The cemetery, located just a few minutes from the Dearborn Ford Plant, has stood witness to flourishing times, experienced due to the success of the auto industry, at the turn of the 20th century.  Woodmere is home to the remains of auto greats like the founders of Cadillac, Lincoln and Buick.    

The cemetery has also seen the worst of times.  Later, during the Great Depression, Woodmere received the bodies of the 4 young men who perished of their injuries suffered during the fateful 1932 Hunger March.  The March had passed the cemetery in its route from Detroit to Dearborn and was a major catapult in the unionization of the auto industry nationwide.  

Woodmere is Detroit's historic treasure, to be revered for years to come.  

Notable Burials

- John J. Bagley (1832-1881), Michigan Governor (1873-1877)
- Charlie Bennett (1854-1927), American professional baseball player
- David D. Buick (1854-1929), founder Buick Motor Company
- Hamilton Carhartt (1857-1937), founder of Carhartt Inc.
- Dexter M. Ferry (1833-1907), founder of D.M. Ferry & Co.
- Henry M. Leland (1843-1932), founder of Cadillac and Lincoln luxury car brands
- Frederick Matthaei (1892-1973), founder of Matthaei Botanical Gardens
- Philetus Norris (1821-1885), founder of Norris, Michigan (now Hamtramck) and 2nd Superintendent of Yellowstone National Park
- James E. Scripps (1835-1906), founder of The Detroit News
- David Vartanian (1890-1966), Titanic survivor
- James Vernor (1843-1927), inventor of Vernor's Ginger Ale
- David Whitney (1830-1900), lumber baron

Wikipedia contributors. (2017, December 3). Woodmere Cemetery. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 17:29, September 10, 2018, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Woodmere_Cemetery&oldid=813409563
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