Woodland Timeline

1840

John Van Cleve initiates movement to establish rural cemetery.

1841

First organizational meeting of subscribers to new cemetery.

Ohio Legislature commissions the 'Woodland Cemetery Association of Dayton"

1843

Cemetery opened and lots offered for sale. Cemetery dedicated on June 21. First interment in cemetery on July 9.

1844

Work begun on sexton's house, roads, fences, etc.

1847

Receiving vault built as an Egyptian style temple in the theme of Thebes and Karnak.

1848

Cholera epidemic, 225 burials.

1849

Plans for gateway, chapel, office. Stone fence for cemetery. First high school in Dayton. Courthouse at Third and Main finished.

1850

Railroad comes to Dayton.

1851

James Hanna family and others removed from an old burying ground at northeast corner of Third and Main.

1852

Samuel Forrer, an engineer, makes survey of cemetery grounds and lays out roads.

1861

Civil War (ended 1865). Dayton's population is 20,000 people.

1877

First well sunk. A steam pump raised water to a reservoir on the summit.

Telephone invented by Alexander Graham Bell.

1878

New residence built for cemetery superintendent. Old house used for office and reception rooms.

1880

Dunbar publishes first book of poetry, Oak & Ivy.

1881

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery begins as Dayton Museum of Natural History.

1882

Carriages permitted in Woodland on Easter Sunday.

1884

Spanish-American War (April to August 1898).

Congressional Medal of Honor recepient for heroisn under fire, Charles Goodwin Bickman, is buried at Woodland, after having served with General George Pershing in the Phillipines during the war.

1885

Pumping station built on Wyoming St. to pump water to summit.

1886

Plans for gateway, office and chapel buildings, using stone from the cemetery fence.

1903

First airplane flight by Wright Brothers.

1904

Window for north wall of Chapel installed by Heinegke & Bowen of N.Y. (Tiffany Studios).

1908

35 acres of land purchased from University of Dayton.

Tunnel built under Stewart Street to connect it to main cemetery.

1909

Cemetery lot owners denied permission to drive automobiles inside cemetery.

1910

Automobile hearses allowed in cemetery. Cars and trucks purchased for cemetery work.

Rules prepared for autos in cemetery. Kettering invented electric ignition for cars.

1912

Shelter house and iron gates completed at Waldo Street.

Wilbur Wright interred at Woodland

1913

Dayton flood. Fifty victims of flood interred during March.

1915

Stone vaults, first used, purchased from Portsmouth Stone Co.

1916

Dayton Daily News, owned by James M. Cox, produces largest single-day paper in world.

1917

U.S. entered World War I (ended 1918).

1918

Influenza epidemic.

1929

Stock market crash, the Depression begins.

1935

Wood box burials prohibited for adults.

1936

U.S. entered World War II (ended 1945). World War II manpower shortage.

400 sheep 'employed' to keep grass 'mowed.'

Discontinued next year because of 'difficulty' in controlling natural grazing habits.

1950

Korean War (ended 1953).

1951

Pump house windows bricked and well filled, no longer used after City water available.

1955

Kettering becomes a city.

1961

Acreage south of Stewart Street opened for sale.

1965

Vietnam War (ended in 1973).

1968

Ground broken for mausoleum and crematory, completed in 1970.

1969

First cremation in new crematory. First moon walk.

1970

Bronze marker for Wright Brothers erected. 'Avenue of Flags' dedicated for all veterans.

1974

Xenia tornado.

1976

Nation celebrates its 200th birthday; Woodland celebrates its 135th birthday.

1978

The big blizzard.

1979

Main office building, gates, and old chapel placed in National Register of Historic Places.

1980

96-niche unit built at center of Lawn Crypt area with bronze "Soaring Spirit" feature statue placed above it.

1981

Land exchanged between cemetery, State of Ohio (Mental Hospital grounds), and UD, adding seven acres of land bounded by Wilmington Avenue and east line of Dayton City Reservoir.

Lake drained to remove mud and debris and repair banks.

1984

First computer purchased for cemetery. New uniform signage system designed and erected.

1986

New park-like water stations installed.

1988

Stewart Street underpass renovated and landscaped.

1990

Woodland documentary video produced.

1991

Woodland celebrates 150th birthday. $1.2 million building and renovation project completed.

Woodland Arboretum Foundation established. Woodland's history book written.

1995

Inaugural Board of Trustees of Woodland Arboretum Foundation formed.

1996

Cemetery roadways resurfaced.

1998

Free audio tours offered by Arboretum Foundation, produced as a result of a grant from the Four Season's Garden Club. Still used today.

2000

Woodland Mausoleum renovated; Victorian columbarium room and fountain added.

2001

www.woodlandcemetery.org.

2004

Woodland opens it's 360 lot 'Pine Ridge' Development in the Historic District.

2007

Woodland completes a 100 year Master Plan for its undeveloped 50 acres of land.

2008

"Heaven's Blossoms" childrens section dedicated.

2009

Woodland places it's historic records at Wright State University Library's Special Collections and Archives for catalouging and preservation.

2010

The Lookout Columbarium Plaza and 1800's replica tower are dedicated, including a 'Time Capsule' to be opened in 2041, the 300th anniversary of Woodland's founding in 1841.

2011

The Lookout 'Terrace', consisting of 81 new ground burial lots, is dedicated as phase II of the Lookout Development

The 105 acres that comprised the 1912 borders of Woodland Cemetery is approved by the Department of the Interior as a 'Historic District' on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Woodland Arboretum Foundation repopulates with the planting of over 60 new hardwoods for its 'Adopt a Tree' program.

Lawn Crypt Development renovated and re-dedicated.

Flag Retirement Repository dedicated in Civil War Section.