By Helen Wilmot
Why is it called Grove Cemetery? The Grove Cemetery Association in 1908 published a small booklet which spelled out the "Origin, By-Laws Rules and Regulations, Names of Lot Owners, Etc." of the Association 1887-1908.
In his remarks, the Rev. W.F. Blackman, Pastor of Congregational Church, explained it this way:
"It is called 'Grove Cemetery', and while it is possible a more high sounding title might have been found, it seems to me peculiarly simple and appropriate. Consider each word separately. Grove: What kind of beauty and silence and tranquility is in the word. You can hear the wind sing its requiem in it. It tells of the shroud of grass or of piled leaves, or winter's snow, of the garniture of flowers and vines, of the great trees standing sentinel day and night above the increasing magnitude of graves . . ."
" . . . Also, we do not forget that the common soul of man has felt something specially divine in woodlands like this . . . and who of us does not feel as we sit in the cool and quiet depths of the wood, the reality and refreshment of spiritual things . . ."
"The word 'cemetery' is a good word too. It is only another form, as you know, of a Greek word meaning 'a sleeping chamber'. . . . Sleep, what a quiet word is this . . .We hate the word 'death' . . . How different and how better is this word 'sleep' . . . See what sleep does. It puts an end to care, and to toil, it soothes the overwrought nerves . . . it bathes the fevered spirit as in a fresh stream of life . . ."
Among the Original Subscribers to the Association were the names: Hotchkiss, Ward, Hopkins, Dayton, Lewis, Culver, Tolles, Scott, Andrew, Tuttle. Can you recognize those with streets named for them?