Woodmere is one of the most historic cemeteries in the Detroit area. Before becoming the automobile capital of the world, Michigan became known for tobacco, lumber, and other industries. Many who helped develop these Michigan businesses and put Detroit on the map are interred at Woodmere.  This is a partial list. To obtain a complete list, email me for instructions.

 

MICHIGAN NOTABLES AND CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS BURIED AT WOODMERE CEMETERY

Richardson, David M. (1826-1889): state senator; match manufacturer merged with Diamond Match Company; stockholder and vice president of Woodmere Cemetery (Featured in Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, page 74)

Scripps, James E. (1835-1906): state senator; founder of Detroit Evening News; vice president of Detroit art museum; park commission; art commission (mausoleum) (Featured in Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, pages 72-73)

Swain, Isaac (1807-1880): lumber and flour baron; president and stockholder of Woodmere Cemetery (Featured in Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, page 79)

Candler, Claudius (1845-1910): president of Calvert Lithographing Company; helped found Grace Protestant Church; president of Detroit Casket Company (Featured in Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, page 47)

Farwell, George (1863-1921): general manager of Farwell Estates, Ltd.; established first auto showroom in Detroit; built Farwell building (Featured in Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, page 70)

Farwell, Jesse H. (1843-1904): president of Farwell Transportation Corporation; president of Evening Journal Corporation; owner of Dominion Organ and Piano Corporation, Toronto, Canada; Woodmere Cemetery stockholder (Featured in Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, page 70)

Kaple, John (1817-1902): vice president of Michigan Savings Bank; president of Detroit Casket Company; director of Michigan Mutual Life Insurance Company; postmaster (Featured in Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, page 47)

Bagley, John J. (1832-1881): tobacco baron; city alderman; Detroit police commissioner; Michigan governor; president of Michigan Mutual Life Insurance Company; president of Detroit Safe Company; vice president of American National Bank; president of Woodmere Cemetery (Featured in Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, pages 84-85)

Griffin, Levi T. (1837-1906): U. S. Representative; attorney (Lot 186) (Featured in Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, page 45)

Lathrop, Rufus G. (1872-1937): attorney; secretary of Street Railway Commission; secretary-treasurer and stockholder of Woodmere Cemetery Association (Featured in Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, page 77)

Smith, Martin S. (1834-1899): founder of jewelry store; director of Michigan Mutual Life Insurance Company; partner of Alger, Smith, and Company; Woodmere Cemetery board of directors; president of American Eagle Tobacco Company; president of Michigan Consolidated Milk Company; stockholder and treasurer of, and helped found, Woodmere Cemetery (Featured in Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, page 88)

Vernor, James (1843-1927): inventor of Vernor’s Ginger Ale; city alderman; city councilman; Civil War soldier (Featured in Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, pages 56-57)

Walker, Charles Irish (1814-1895): University of Michigan professor; attorney; author; judge; secretary and stockholder of Woodmere Cemetery (Featured in Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, page 90)

Bishop, Jerome H. (1846-1928): Wyandotte mayor; superintendent of Wyandotte Public Schools; board of education president (Featured in Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, page 76)

Ferry, Dexter (1833-1907): founder of D. M. Ferry and Company; president of First National Bank of Detroit; president of Union Trust Company; president of American Harrow Company; president of National Pin Company; president of Standard Accident Insurance Company; president of Michigan Fire and Marine Insurance Company; helped found Wayne County Savings Bank; helped found Grace Hospital (Featured in Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, page 53)

Higgins, Frederick W. (1821-1910): superintendent of Woodmere Cemetery; president of Woodmere Village; superintendent of Woodmere school board; helped found and was vice president of American Cemetery Superintendents Association (Featured in Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, pages 42-43)

Murphy, Simon (1815-1905): lumber baron; owned Penobscot building; shareholder of Woodmere Cemetery (Featured in Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, page 91)

Newcomb, Jr., Cyrenius A. (1871-1951): president of Newcomb Endicott and Company; vice president of German American Bank (Featured in Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, page 68)

Newcomb, Sr., Cyrenius A. (1837-1915): founder of Newcomb Endicott Company; vice president of Anderson Electric Car Company (Featured in Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, page 68)

Ten Eyck, Conrad (1782-1847): state legislature; Michigan U. S. marshal; county treasurer; county treasurer; Dearborn Township supervisor (Featured in Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, page 75)

Whitney, David (1830-1900): lumber baron; owned steam barge fleet; home is now The Whitney restaurant; stockholder and on board of directors of Woodmere Cemetery (mausoleum) (Featured in Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, pages 50-51)

Greusel, Sr., John (1809-1886): Springwells Township clerk; Michigan representative senator (Featured in Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, page 87)

Mackenzie, David (1860-1926): principal of Detroit Central High School; dean of City of Detroit College; founder of Detroit Junior College (Featured in Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, page 71)

Norris, Philetus W. (1821-1885): founded Norris (now Hamtramck), Michigan; member of Ohio legislature; superintendent of Yellowstone National Park (Featured in Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, page 69)

Hunt, Lynn Bogue (1877-1960): artist for Field and Stream and National Wildlife Federation (Featured in Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, page 76)

Freud, Leopold (?-1914): real estate investor; member of the Detroit Board of Commerce, the Harmonie Society, and the Detroit Real Estate Board) (Mausoleum) (Featured in Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, page  77)

Heineman, David E. (1865-1935): city controller; president of Heineman Realty Company; state legislator; Detroit common council (mausoleum) (Featured in Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, page 77)

Kahn, Moritz (1879-1939): vice president of Kahn Brothers architectural firm; brother of Albert Kahn (Featured in Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, page 46)

Rothschild, Sigmund (1837-1907): tobacco baron (mausoleum) (Featured in Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, page 54)

Siegel, Benjamin (1860-1936): founder of B. Siegel and Company (mausoleum) (Featured in Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, pages 64-65)

Siegel, Jacob (1841-1924): founder of American Lady Corset Company (mausoleum) (Featured in Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, pages 64-65)

Weiss, Joseph M. (1856-1937): Chippewa County prosecutor; circuit court commissioner; state senator; formed group becoming Detroit’s first professional baseball team, Cass Base Ball club; credited for being first to throw curve ball; attorney; state senator; Michigan State House of Representatives; president of Detroit Amateur Baseball Association; vice president of Detroit Amateur Commission; formed Michigan Naval Reserve (Featured in Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, page 52)

Buick, David D. (1854-1929): invented bathtub enameling; founder Buick Car Company (Featured in Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, page 49)

Applebaum, Issac (1854-1928): president of Detroit Car Building and Equipment Company; president of Detroit, Flint, and Saginaw railroad; secretary-treasurer of Toledo-Detroit Railway Company; realtor (Featured in Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, page 89)

Brown, David A. (1875-1958): found the Old Newsboys; president of the Goodfellows; founder of Brown and Brown Coal Company and People’s Ice Company; president of General Necessities Corporation and the Brownie drugstore chain (Featured in Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, page 74)

Gaylord, Samuel X. (?-1939): founded department store later sold to Crowley, Milner, and Company (Mausoleum) (Featured in Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, page 83)

Rosenberger, Oscar (1874-1918): president San Telmo Cigar Company; trustee of Temple Beth El (mausoleum) (Featured in Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, page 55)

Wineman, Leopold (1852-1957): founded People’s Outfitting Company; president of Victor and Company (mausoleum) (Featured in Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, page 81)

Ford Hunger March victims: Joseph York, Joseph Bussell, Kalman Leny, Joseph DeBascio killed March 7, 1932; historical marker located on River Rouge bridge (Featured in Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, pages 60-63)

Carhartt, Hamilton (1857-1937): founder of Hamilton Carhartt Manufacturer, Inc.; vice president of Art Commission (mausoleum) (Featured in Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, page 54)

Slocum, Giles Bryan (1808-1917): helped found Vistula and Toledo, Ohio; served on board of directors of the Detroit, Monroe, and Toledo Road railroad; helped build Toledo and Canada Southern railroad; Elizabeth Park in Trenton, Michigan was formerly owned by Slocum known as Slocum Island (mausoleum) (Featured in Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, page 92)

Findlater, James (?-1989): started stonecutting business; undertaker; member of the Masons (Featured in Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, page 87)

Vartanian, David (1890-1966): Titanic survivor (Featured in Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, page 115)

Erichsen, Hugo (1860-1944): physician, writer; founder and president of Cremation Association of America; newspaper reporter (Featured in Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery, page 92)

 
    
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