Oakdale Memorial Gardens
|Location||2501 Eastern Ave.
|Size||78 acres (32 ha)|
|Find a Grave||Oakdale Memorial Gardens|
|The Political Graveyard||Scott County, Iowa|
Oakdale was established in 1856 and designed by Captain George F. de la Roche, who had finished the design of Oak Hill Cemetery in Washington, D.C. five years earlier. It was designed as a rural or garden cemetery, but it transitioned to a landscape-lawn cemetery beginning in the late 19th century. It covers more than 78 acres (32 ha). The first burial at Oakdale was that of three-month-old Mary Larned Allen on September 15, 1857. Some of the graves in the cemetery had been transferred from the overcrowded City Cemetery in the west end. The cemetery is located across Eastern Avenue from the former Iowa Soldiers' Orphans' Home, and it contains the graves of the orphans that died at the home.
Two special receiving vaults were built in the cemetery, although neither exists anymore. A brick vault was constructed in 1873 for those who died in the winter when the ground was frozen. A wooden vault was built next to it in 1918 because of the large number of deaths as a result of the Spanish flu epidemic.
The cemetery is also home to several private mausoleums. William D. Petersen was the son of J.H.C. Petersen who founded a department store in Davenport that has become Von Maur. He also was responsible for the development of the city's riverfront and built the LeClaire Park Bandshell there. His mausoleum was designed in the Gothic Revival style by Davenport architects Rudolph Clausen & Walter Kruse. It was inspired by his wife Sara's desire for a tomb similar to the ones she saw in Europe. It was constructed by Presbrey Leland of Valhalla, New York in 1921 for $60,000. The exterior is composed of limestone from Greece. The interior features crypts that were carved from Greek marble and a ceramic tile ceiling that was designed and completed by the Guastavino Tile Company of Woburn, Massachusetts.
Joseph W. Bettendorf was an industrialist for whom the city of Bettendorf, Iowa is named. His mausoleum was built in 1923 in the Egyptian Revival style for $150,000. Its exterior is composed of Barre Granite from Vermont. The interior features crypts carved from white marble and Egyptian-inspired stained glass windows.
The mausoleum built for Johannna Schricker, widow of Davenport lumber magnate Lorenzo Schricker, was designed in the Neoclassical style by Davenport architect John W. Ross. It was built by the Vermont Marble Company in 1899 at a cost of $6,489. The inspiration for the structure was the North Portico of the White House in Washington, D.C. Its exterior is composed of Sutherland Falls white marble and features a bronze roof supplied by the Winslow Brothers of Chicago.
There is a Soldiers Lot near the center of the cemetery, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. At one time 174 soldiers were buried at Oakdale, including the first Iowans to die in the Civil War at the Battle of Fort Donelson. Most of the bodies were transferred in 1888 to Rock Island National Cemetery or Keokuk National Cemetery. The remaining 14 soldiers' graves were moved to the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) plot in 1900. The plot was transferred from the GAR to the cemetery association in 1940 and the United States government took possession of it the following year. Today it contains the remains of 71 soldiers from the Civil War and Spanish American War.
- Bix Beiderbecke (1903–1931) jazz musician
- Joseph W. Bettendorf (1864–1933), co-founder of the Bettendorf Axel Company with his brother; Bettendorf, Iowa is named after him
- William P. Bettendorf (1857–1910), inventor and co-founder of the Bettendorf Axel Company with his brother; Bettendorf, Iowa is named after him
- Henry Peter Bosse (1844-1903), photographer, cartographer and civil engineer
- Frederick G. Clausen (1848-1940), architect; founder of oldest architectural firm in continuous existence in the state of Iowa
- John Parsons Cook (1817–1872), U.S. House of Representatives, 1853–1855
- George Henry Cram (1838–1872), American Civil War Brigadier General
- John Forrest Dillon (1831–1914), Jurist who authored a judicial treatise that is now referred to as "Dillon's Law."
- Jacob Eldridge (1824-1902), Scott County, Iowa pioneer settler; founder and namesake of Eldridge, Iowa
- Alice French (1850–1934), author who wrote under the pseudonym Octave Thanet
- James Grant (1812-1891), first president of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad, Speaker of the Iowa House of Representatives
- Edward Hammatt (1856-1907), architect; designer of several notable buildings constructed for the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa
- Joseph R. Lane (1858–1931), U.S. House of Representatives, 1899–1901
- Joseph Bloomfield Leake (1828–1918), American Civil War Brevet Brigadier General
- Henry Washington Lee (1815–1874), first bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa 1854-1874
- John Fremont McCullough (1871–1963), co-founded Dairy Queen
- Paul Norton (1909–1984), watercolor artist
- Hiram Price (1814–1901), U.S. House of Representatives, 1863–1869, 1877–1881; United States Commissioner of Indian Affairs, 1881–1885
- John W. Ross (1830-1914), architect; designer of Davenport City Hall
- Addison Hiatt Sanders (1823–1912), American Civil War Brevet Brigadier General
- Phebe Sudlow (1831–1922), first female public school superintendent in the United States; first female professor at the University of Iowa
- James Thorington (1816–1887), U.S. House of Representatives, 1855–1857; Consul at Aspinwall, Colombia, 1873–1882
- John Vale (1835–1909), American Civil War Medal of Honor recipient
- Charles J. von Maur (1863–1926), co-founder of the Von Maur department store chain
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- Doug Schorpp (2014-05-24). "Oakdale volunteer tries to get cemetery on registry list". Quad-City Times. Retrieved 2014-05-24.
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- Doug Schorpp (2014-06-02). "Entrance gates at Oakdale back in full swing". Quad-City Times. Retrieved 2014-07-25.
- Dustin Oliver (2014-05-24). "Noted Oakdale Architecture". Quad-City Times. Retrieved 2014-05-24.
- "Soldiers Lot". Interment. Retrieved 2011-04-01.
- "Oakdale Soldiers' Lot Davenport, Iowa". National Park Service. Retrieved 2012-04-10.
- Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) No. IA-2-A, "Oakdale Cemetery, Soldiers Lot, 2501 Eastern Avenue, Davenport, Scott County, IA", 6 photos, 1 photo caption page