The Historic Union Cemetery, Redwood City
About The Historic Union Cemetery, Redwood City
The Union Cemetery Association was formally established at a meeting in the courthouse on February 28, 1859. By May the cemetery had been established and a report in the Gazette announced, “There are one hundred and ninety-four family lots, all of good size and public ground sufficient for over four hundred graves.”
By 1876 the Times-Gazette newspaper wrote about the great monuments that George H. Rice and George W. Fox had erected even to the extent of naming the manufacturer, Muldoon, Walton & Cobb of San Francisco.
An article in the Times-Gazette on May 30, 1885 announced that, “Today is Memorial Day and there are no deceased members of the Grand Army of The Republic in the cemetery.” One year later the Grand Army of The Republic began meeting at the Congregational Church and marching from the church to the cemetery and decorating the grave of “the late Will Frisbie.”
More recently, the condition of the cemetery was appalling and the task before the board was daunting. However the board was able to raise enough money to pay V. Fontana and Sons, of Colma, to come down and fix 6 monuments for which the board had salvaged all the parts. The restoration company was so impressed with the project that it did twice as many monuments as the board had planned. This was such a great improvement that Fontana was invited two more times.
A descendant of the Pool family donated $20,000 for replacement of the totally destroyed soldier statue in the Grand Army of the Republic plot. Hutch (Francis Hutchinson) and John Edmonds travelled to Fort Ord where they located a foundry that would rebuild the soldier from pieces of the original statue and a number of pictures.
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sundays by appointment