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Lawson Cemetery

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Lawson Cemetery #7 on Polk Township Map Latitude:



Lawson's first burial ground was the area now occupied by the United-Christian Presbyterian Church. The present day cemetery had its beginning in 1873 when ten men organized a cemetery association and purchased two acres from Thomas Finch which was to be known as the Lawson Cemetery. The first officers were George Young, president; J. C. Smith, secretary; and G. W. James, treasurer.

December of 1890 two more acres of land were purchased, the cemetery fenced, and the following year the middle aisle of the ground was cindered. By 1910 only two of the original ten stockholders were living. In 1919 the main drive from the west gate to the new part was paved with rock.

In 1930, letters of incorporation for the Lawson Cemetery Association were drawn up and under the said association, improvements have been made through the years, making the cemetery attractive and beautiful.

Among those buried there is Mr. Albert Clark, who at the time of his death - 1950 - was Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Missouri.

Source: 1973 Ray County History


1920 Lawson Review newspaper articles:

Cemetery In Need of Funds

compiled by Elizabeth Prather Ellsberry, Juliette L. Smith and Mrs. Carlton Richardson

Cemtery Records of Ray County, MO, v. 5. Lawson, Allen, Elmira cemeteries

FHL 977.819 V3e v. 5-6

Ray 929.3 Ell vol. V

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