1911 Vandalism at St. Oakwood Cemetery, Niagara Falls

The following article was found in the Niagara Falls Gazette on 28 September 1911:1



Complaint has been made to the police of the acts of vandals operating in Oakwood cemetery where they made off with potted flowers placed there by relatives of the dead. A Niagara street woman is one of the chief complainants. She is a widow who has been making regular visits to her husband’s grave since his demise a few years ago. Potted flowers, mainly geraniums, are purchased from a local establishment and placed on the grave. Within a couple of days from the time the flowers are set out, the tops are cut off and carried away. During the past two weeks these acts of lawlessness have been particularly frequent. It has been suggested that private watchmen be stationed about the cemetery with a view of catching the vandals.

  1. “Complaint Made to Police of Vandalism in Oakwood,” Niagara Falls (NY) Gazette, 28 September 1911, p. 1, cols. 6-7; digital images, Old Fulton New York Post Cards (https://www.fultonhistory.com : accessed 16 October 2022), Historical Newspapers United States and Canada: Niagara Falls NY Gazette 1911 Sep-1912 Jan Grayscale – 0100.pdf.

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