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 Phelps Cemetery Decorah, Iowa

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Phelps cemetery - photo by Bill Waters
Welcome to the Phelps Cemetery Page. This document summarizing data for 4253 graves is mainly based on a 100% Photo survey conducted by Bill Waters (started in April 2011 - completed in August 2011) and was created by merging the information found in the Works Project Administration (WPA) 1930’s Graves Registration Survey (1179 records), the ongoing Iowa Gravestone Photo Project (GPP) (4296 records), and the ongoing IAGenWeb Obituaries (Obits) (74 records). The left columns of the tabulation indicate the source of the summary data WPA (W), GPP (G) and Obits (O). Note that some records have more than one source; this is because in many cases the information is redundant. If there is a disagreement, your county coordinator has used his best judgement about which information to include in the compilation. This summary contains a wealth of information that was made available by volunteers taking pictures and transcribing data. Those volunteers are to be applauded, keep up the good work! [Coordinator's note: The numbers in this summary do not "add up" for a variety of reasons, the main one being that many married women have 2 GPP records one with their maiden name and one with their married name]
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Phelps cemetery Section Guide by Bill Waters
This section diagram does not depict the official Phelps cemetery sections. It comes from the notes that I (Bill Waters) made as I conducted my photo survey of the Phelps cemetery. The sections shown on this diagram correspond to the sections that are provided in the cemetery table.

Cemetery Organization.
Decorah Republican May 28, 1896 P 5 C 4

For a number of months efforts have been made to arrange for putting the old Decorah (or Simpson) cemetery under the control of a corporation representing the lot owners having loved ones lying in it, and who are interested in maintaining it in proper order. The Simpson lots were purchased last year by two gentlemen for the purpose of transferring it to a stock company if one could be organized. On the 19th inst., a meeting was hold at the office of Ice Cave Creamery and the initial stops taken. C. N. Goddard was chosen chairman of the meeting and E. W. Hoyt secretary. Articles of incorporation were presented, discussed and adopted. In these A. N. Vance, E. W. Hoyt, L. L. Cadwell, Henry Elvidge and Gottfried Heuser are made incorporators. The name of the Cemetery is to be “Phelps Cemetery.” Shares are S10 each, and the company is not to be one of profit. The right to enlarge by purchase of adjoining ground is included. The officers elected to serve until the first annual meeting, which will be the first Monday in June of each year (next Monday) are G. N. Goddard, President. A. IC. Bailey, Secretary. E. R. Baker, Treasurer.

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this page was last updated on Wednesday, 19 August 2020