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Woodvale Union Cemetery

 
 
Woodvale Union Cemetery Marker, side one image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 6, 2019
1. Woodvale Union Cemetery Marker, side one
Inscription.  
Woodvale Cemetery was established in the mid-1800s in Middleburgh Township, Ohio. The oldest marked grave holds Fred G. Klink (1833–1858), whose family donated a half acre of land for burials. In 1786, Frank M. Stearns (1832-1911) suggested the unnamed cemetery be called Woodvale, after the wooded vale beside it. In 1908, a fire destroyed the caretaker’s house and many cemetery records. Woodvale became a non-profit union cemetery in 1931, owned by Berea and the Village of Middleburg Heights and covering 33 acres at 7535 Engle Road. Pioneer families buried here: Fowles, Draft, Lovejoy, Sprague, and Stearns. Also buried here: John Baldwin (1788–1884) founder of Baldwin University and James Wallace (1878–1933) founder of German Wallace College (merged in 1913 to become Baldwin Wallace College).

Other notable burials here include William Engle (1814-1897), a constable, township trustee and school director who built the township’s first log house in 1848; Veterans of every U.S. war and some conflicts including Second Lt. Albert E. Baesel (1890-1918), a WWI soldier from the 148th Infantry Division who received
Woodvale Union Cemetery Marker, side two image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 6, 2019
2. Woodvale Union Cemetery Marker, side two
the Congressional Medal of Honor; Children from Berea’s “Home for Children,” as far back as 1890. Graves were dug by hand by caretakers, including one-armed Fred Beavis (1907-1989), until equipment was used in 1955. In 2010, Woodvale covered 50 acres, bordered by Cleveland Metroparks, Big Creek Pkwy., Fowles and Engle Roads. A Board of Trustees of both cities governs the Cemetery.
 
Erected 2010 by Woodvale Union Cemetery and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 99-18.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 21.565′ N, 81° 49.511′ W. Marker is in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, in Cuyahoga County. Marker is at the intersection of Fowles Road and Engle Road (Ohio Route 291), on the right when traveling west on Fowles Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cleveland OH 44130, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Adams Street Cemetery (approx. 1.2 miles away); Berea District Seven School (approx. 1.2 miles away); The “Big Quarry” (approx. 1.4 miles away); Berea Sandstone Quarries (approx. 1.4 miles
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By J. J. Prats, April 6, 2019
3. Woodvale Union Cemetery and Marker
away); First Congregational United Church of Christ of Berea (approx. 1˝ miles away); Lyceum Square (approx. 1˝ miles away); The Berea Triangle (approx. 1˝ miles away); Ogilvy Chapel of St. Thomas Episcopal Church (approx. 1.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Woodvale Then and Now. “Woodvale Cemetery has a charm of its own, with heavily landscaped areas and gardens on many of the graves. It is one of the few cemeteries in the area which allows owners of graves, with raised monuments, the opportunity to install flower gardens beside their monuments. ... Many families have created lovely, colorful, bordered gardens, dotted with solar lights and blooming flowers.” (Submitted on May 22, 2019.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial Sites
 
Woodvale Union Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 6, 2019
4. Woodvale Union Cemetery Marker
Engle Road is on the left; Fowles Road runs east-west on the right.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on May 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 22, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 22, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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