Sunday, March 27, 2016

Sunday Cemetery No Room in the Cemetery

Published on the 21st of January in 1908 in the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader out of Wilkes-Barre, PA
CATHOLICS MAY SELECT ANY PLOT
Germans Have No Room For Cemetery
GIVEN SPECIAL PERMISSIION
DARLING STREET BURIAL PLOT FILLED AND NO NEW ONES ARE AVAILABLE
     Inability upon the part of Monsigner Nagel, pastor of St Nicholas German Catholic church, to find a suitable plot in which to bury the dad of his congregation has led the clergyman to announce to the members of this flock that hereafter they may secure a lot in any cemetery they desire and that when the interment is made a priest will be sent to bless the ground.
     The announcement of Mongsignor Nagel came as a surprise to the members of the church.
     During the pas t few years the Darling street cemetery has filled up rapidly until at the present time there are few available lots. Last year Monsignor Nagel made an effort to purchase several properties but without success.
     It was planned to secure a plot near the Hanover Catholic cemetery, but when the negotiations were about closed it was ascertained that the Lehigh & Wilkes Barre Coal company are to start operations in the vicinity and this plan had to be abandoned.

     After searching the city and vicinity for a site Monsignor Nagel decided that an available one could not be found and according announced to the congregation that this being the case he was privileged to allow them to bury their dead in any cemetery where they might purchase lots and that when the burial was made a priest would bless the ground.