Town to Take Over Somerset Cemetery, Somerset (1960)

“Town To Take Over Somerset Cemetery
SOMERSET – Cemetery lots will be sold by the Town Board in the future instead of being given away, Supervisor Fred Barnum said today.
“The decision was made so the grounds could be kept clean and neat,” he explained.
At a meeting Monday evening the board approved a request by the Cemetery Assn. that the town take over the Somerset Cemetery, Lake Rd., which will be the fourth cemeter owned by the town.
An ordinance must be ratified before the town can legally take over the land, the supervisor said. Appointed to draw up the document are Arthur Hood, Burton Porter and Roy Haight.
Mr. Barnum said the Cemetery Assn. requested the action because the group could not keep the land up properly. He added that the Somerset Cemetery assets include $7,000 in bonds and about $5,000 in cash.
The matured bonds will be sold and reinvested since they are paying only 2 1/2 per cent interest, Mr. Barnum added.
The new costs of lots will be $30 for singles, $60 for doubles and $120 for four-grave plots.
In other action the board decided to finish paving the lower end of Carmen Rd. from Lake Rd. to Lower Lake Rd. after a tour of all unpaved streets.”1

  1. “Town to Take Over Somerset Cemetery,” Lockport, N.Y., Union-Sun & Journal, 9 August 1960, p. 8, cols. 1-2; digital images, Old Fulton New York Post Cards ( : accessed 30 December 2022), Historical Newspapers United States and Canada: Lockport NY Union Sun Journal 1960 – 2758.pdf.

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