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Re: Cemetery location
Posted by: AM Peterson (ID *****4372) Date: September 02, 2008 at 18:35:49
In Reply to: Cemetery location by Wendy Henderson of 824

Have you looked at any old maps of the area around the time of your grandmother's death? Also, was there any indication of how far from the hospital it might have been. Looking at a current map.. there are several just right in Allentown area. But, if you had an older map around the timeperiod you are searching, it might make it easier to judge what would have been the way your grandfather would have gone.

I don't know much on the history of the highways in the area, but there are several leading out of Allentown to the north. There is MacArthur Road (Route 145) and the PA Turnpike (Route 476), but I don't know if the turnpike was around then?

I first thought of MacArthur Road/Route 145 because there are 2 cemeteries boardering it in the Whitehall area, but I don't remember them having iron fences.. although those could have been removed, but I wouldn't think so. They were Arlington Memorial Park & Fairview.
Also, in Whitehall, near the current PA Turnpike is Resurrection Cemetery, a polish catholic cemetery (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=1978320&CScn=resurrection&CScntry=4&CSst=40&).This seems to be more out of the way, farther west and a little south, but it is catholic. If you grandfather went out of his way for a catholic cemetery, it is possible.

There are also cemeteries not far from the hospital called Union and West End Cemetery (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=46600&CScn=union&CScntry=4&CSst=40&CSsr=41&), Highland Memorial Park, Greenwood Cemetery & Fairview Cemetery [a different one than previously mentioned].
Using pictures from www.FindAGrave.com, only the Union and West End Cemetery appears to have iron gates.. Maybe they might be able to help you if they have some burial records. Or try to get her death certificate, that might tell the name.

By the way, when you say "a hospital in Allentown" I was assuming it to be the current Lehigh Valley Hospital on 17th & Chew Streets. Only because it is the only big hospital in downtown Allentown & I was just there & remembering seeing all the old pictures on the walls of the "Allentown Hospital" in the 1900s. In the pictures, it looked like a huge white house with striped awnings. LV Hospital also has a campus, although I think much newer, closer to the Resurrection Cemetery, it is at Interstate 78 & S Cedar Crest Blvd/Route 29. It is refered to as Allentown, but I believe it is technically Salisbury township. Again, I think this is a newer hospital.. I am not sure.

Good Luck.


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