Some of these histories of cemeteries of Madison County were originally published in the Winterset Madisonian newspaper on August 26, 1953, July 1956 and July 18, 1958. They have been transcribed and posted with the permission of Ted Gorman, owner of the Winterset Madisonian newspaper.

All cemetery names are linked to their Madison County address.


Earlham Cemetery


The Earlham cemetery is located one-half mile east of the intersection of Chestnut and Main streets. The main entrance is on the east side. The original cemetery (Section A) was a gift to the town by Mark D. Hill, who had previously plotted it and sold about 21 lots before deeding it to the municipal corporation on May 5, 1893. The first recorded burial in the Earlham cemetery was that of Effie Hill, daughter of Benoni and Mazana Hill, who died April 11, 1869, at the age of seven months. The original part of the cemetery, known as Section A, is the northeast section. Over time, as Section A filled up, additional land to the east and south of Section A was acquired by the town of Earlham.

A unique feature of the Earlham cemetery, unusual for a small town cemetery, is the mausoleum built by William Dunlap, upon the death of his wife, Harriett, in 1910. The structure is 12 by 15 feet and is 10 feet high. It was built by the Capitol Hill Monument Company of Des Moines. According to the September 22, 1910 issue of the Earlham Echo, the mausoleum structure contains approximately four carloads of granite.

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