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The Greenwood Cemetery index lists individuals interred at the Greenwood Cemetery in Whitman County, Washington. Death dates on the markers range from 1878-2010. Index information about an individual may include name, birth date, birth place, death date, and names of family members. Index data was compiled by Maggie Rail, a member of the Washington State Cemetery Association who has transcribed over 400 cemeteries since 1993.
Greenwood Cemetery is located at Lat: Lat: 46° 54' 16"N, Lon: 117° 04' 07"W T16N R46E Section 6
Wall and Park Streets
Palouse WA 99161
Mark or Robert Kramer
203 North Bridge Street
PO Box 125, Palouse, WA 99161
There are 2,899 individuals listed in this index.
This index is in English.
This index is open for research.
Abbreviations used in this index:
c/o = child of
d. = died
d/o = daughter of
FH = Funeral Home
h/o = husband of
M&M = Mr & Mrs
photo = photo on stone
s/by = stone beside
s/o = son of
s/w = stone with
sis/o = sister of
sss = shared surname stone
w/o = wife of
WOW = Women of Woodcraft
WOW = Woodman of the World
Location in Cemetery:
MNE = Middle Northeast section
MSE = Middle Southeast section
NE = North section, east of road
NW = Northwest Section
SE = Southeast section
SW = Southwest corner
Notes from transcriber Maggie Rail, Oct 03, 2007, last edited Feb 15, 2011:
“To reach the Greenwood Cemetery, driving west on Main Street in Palouse, turn left onto Almota Road. After crossing over the bridge turn left onto Palouse Cove Road, then left onto Union Street. Continue several blocks and turn right or south onto Wall Street and you will find the entrance to the cemetery at the intersection with Park Street. As you enter you will see the sign on your left.”
“The first listed burial in the cemetery was in Oct 1878, which is when it was the Oregon Territory. This means the cemetery must have been established about that time. There are two other burials that year, one in November and another in December. After walking this cemetery and seeing so many vacant spaces in the older sections, I am convinced there are many unmarked graves, which I do not account for. I will continue to try however to see if I can find more early records.”
“I tried unsuccessfully to obtain sexton files to compare my reading with, so I would be able to find unmarked grave information. I first visited the city hall, where they had no records and they directed me to Kramer Funeral Home, who has been given the responsibility of maintaining the burial map. At this time this is the only record that does exist. I visited the funeral home and found out that this map is too large to easily make a copy of and only contains burial info.”
“This cemetery is owned and maintained by the city of Palouse. They do a great job of the physical care of the cemetery. I consider it very sad that they did not find it important to record all of the information about who is buried in this cemetery down through the years for future reference.”
“Since the cemetery is so large, I tried to divide it into sections on a map. Please do not hold me to what I have, it is only to get try to show the general area of the burial. When I said NW actually that should just be North Section as it spreads out across the whole north end of the cemetery, but is northeast of the entrance road. This seems to be the newest section developed. The middle divisions for the east and west sections are not accurate as there was no dividing line to use. I think they are divided in the general area of the maintenance buildings.”
” I found a transcription of this cemetery, completed by Weston and Carrie Lartigue in 1972. Any entry followed by an * asterisk came from their work and this means that I found not marker or stone for it.”
” I visited this cemetery on May 29, Jun 02 and Jun 09, 2007 and read all existing and legible markers and stones, using a digital camera. I have a photo of all existing stones and markers to those dates. Additional records will be added from other sources as I am able to find them.”
Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Greenwood Whitman County Cemetery Index, Office of Secretary of State, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov, [date accessed].
Source: Index and transcription notes were donated to the Washington State Archives by Maggie Rail, Historical Records Project, March 2011.