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Woodlawn Cemetery
Saint Maries, Benewah County, Idaho

Lat: 47° 19' 01"N, Lon: 116° 35' 11"W
T44N R02W Sec 33

Transcribed by Maggie Rail, © Aug 22, 2004-Jul 31, 2005, last edited Aug 17, 2017 [mrail@asisna.com]. Total records = 4,452.

Driving west out of Saint Maries on Hwy 5 it is easy to see the cemetery on the left or south side of the highway.

The Woodlawn Cemetery was homesteaded on Nov 01, 1911. This was before Benewah became a county in 1915, a portion taken from Kootenai County.

Previous to this cemetery, Saint Maries had a small cemetery within the city limits, which contained 75 burials. These were all removed to Woodlawn in 1911-1913.

This cemetery is owned and well maintained by the city of Saint Maries. It contains four sections each starting on the flat on the north side and continuing south up the hillside. As it extends west it is becomes more level.

To highlight a few of the areas, at the south end in the Original Addition, there is an area set aside as a memorial to all firefighters lost in forest fires, with a huge number in the year of 1910. They are buried in a circular fashion with a monument stone and a flag in the center. There are at least three areas set aside as Veteran Sections. There is a Babyland in the Second Additon and the columbarium is in the Third Addition.

I found many stones to be very difficult to read. There is something adhering to many of them which will not wipe or brush off, causing them to be very difficult to read, besides the normal lichen etc which grows over a period of time on stones. It is as if something was applied to all of the stones. Many of the burial sites have a square cement marker with only a name, or only a name and one date, with the lawn growing over in many cases, making it impossible to read them well. I know that I am missing many names of burials, and will add or correct if someone has the correct reading with proof, since I was unable to obtain sexton files to compare my readings with. The groundskeeper said there are over 5,300 burials in this cemetery.

I used my digital camera to read this cemetery. If interested in a photo you may contact me. I began walking this cemetery on Aug 22, 2004 and returned to complete it on Jul 29, 30 and 31, 2005. This is only tombstone readings.

- Maggie Rail


b. = born
bur. = buried
d. = died
d/o = daughter of
h/o = husband of
m. = married
s/by = stone by
s/o = son of
sss = shared surname stone

s/w = stone with
w/o = wife of
* = no photo
FF = Firefighters
OES = Order of Eastern Star
FA = Sec First Addition
OA = Sec Original Addition
SA = Sec Second Addition
TA = Sec Third Addition

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