Roselawn Memorial Park
(Old Masonic Cemetery)

1240 N. Livermore Avenue
Livermore, CA 94550


First published in The Livermore Roots Tracer, Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society Quarterly Newsletter in Volume I, No. 4 Spring 1982.

The volunteers were Lucile White, Barbara Dittig, June and Charles Duffey, Margaret Fazio, Marilyn Fullam and Beverly Ales.

This cemetery was established in 1883 by the Masonic Order Mosaic Lodge #218 of Livermore, California. Information gathered from Mr. Herb Hagemann who was Grand Master. One of his duties was caretaking of the cemetery, its records, and upkeep.

The original property was purchased by the Masonic Lodge in 1883 from Dennis Bernal who had in turn acquired it from the Livermore family. There is a deed of record in the Court House in Oakland, Alameda County, California. In 1960 the cemetery property was sold to the Art Monument Co., Inc. of Hayward who still own and control the property, managed by David P. McLennan. The original cemetery was identified as having large blocks, each block had four plots and each plot had ten graves.

There is at the Art Monument Co., Inc. of Hayward a large book with a map of the blocks, plots, and gravesites. Also available is an Index of Interments which lists alphabetically all the persons who have been buried there since 1922. Within the same book is a listing of that person, the date of death, date of interment, cause of death in some cases, funeral parlor, person making arrangements, age, address, and block number, plot number and grave number.

This cemetery is noted as having several individual plots or blocks for different ethnic and fraternal organizations: Germans, Danes, Eagles, Druids, Protestants, Jews, F.O.E. #609, IOOF #219, Military Personnel, and G.A.R. veterans.

For the purpose of this survey the parts of the cemetery are listed as Areas (see map in the book; the map is not included in the Web publication). There were at one time several paths in the original cemetery. In most of the cemetery those paths are still there and form the basis for this survey and map. N or S stands for North or South of the area. All names start on the left side of the area and continue to the right within the area. The names then continue East as in the cases of A, B, C, D, and E toward North Livermore Avenue. The names for F, G, H, I, and J also follow the same pattern, starting with the first name on the left of the area and proceeding to the West or back of the cemetery. Section K, Jewish Section, is marked on the map.

What does the term Woodman of the World mean? A fraternal order for people who had an obligation that binds them to Woodcraft. There was a Pacific Jurisdiction of the Woodmen of the World. Livermore-Pleasanton-Dublin area was known as the Live Oak Camp No. #114. (More can be read about this organization in the July 27, 1901 and August 17, 1901 Livermore Herald Newspaper microfilm in the Livermore Library.)

On March 1, 1910 the worst U.S. avalanche disaster occurred, when an avalanche buried two trains stranded by blizzards in the Cascades near Wellington, Washington. Ninety-six people died. Two adults and three children in one family from Livermore were of the ninety-six. The story of this tragedy is told in Hidden drama in the graveyard

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