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Cherokee Municipal Cemetery, Alfalfa County, Oklahoma


Cherokee Municipal Cemetery

Alfalfa County, Oklahoma


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Some portions photographed, Submitted & © by Rick McDowell


The cemetery is located on the South end of Cherokee, on S. Grand Ave., the street just south of the Post Office. Go east at the Post Office for 1.5 miles. The cemetery is located on the north side of the road.


The following used with permission, Cherokee Strip Volunteer League, "Alfalfa County Oklahoma Cemeteries": The Cherokee Municipal Cemetery is located in Section 12 Township 26N Range 11W. This cemetery was opened to take care of the needs of the community of Erwin soon after the Outlet opening and before Cherokee was located at its present location. When Cherokee relocated three miles south to its present site, the towns of Erwin and Alger agreed and did move most all businesses and post offices to Cherokee. The post offices supposedly were not officially closed until after they had moved, thus there were three post offices in Cherokee at one time according to the writings of L. R. Smith. W. S. David agreed to give one acre in the southeast corner of his quarter for a cemetery if a non-sectarian organization would care for it. A committee organized and sold lots for $10.00 to raise enough money to have the acre surveyed and platted into lots. In 1900 the Erwin Camp of Modern Woodmen (MWA #8163) organized and they became the sponsors of the cemetery on May 23, 1902. Robert Berry gave an acre in the southwest corner of the same section to allow for the Catholic Cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Howard had lost a baby and was buried on the farm and it was moved to the cemetery thus being the first burial. The Girardots lost a baby soon after and was the first to be buried in the cemetery. Robert Johnson in May then Mrs. Cicero Stout in August were the first adults buried in 1899. The cemetery is now owned by the City of Cherokee and the records are at city hall.

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