This cemetery is located on the west side of Gulf Rd, between Ridge Street
and Columbus Streets in Elyria.
When Information was added from this work, it is marked with a single
asterisk (*) at the end of entry. Some names and dates were also added
by a local expert on the military burials in this cemetery, Bob Frederick
(deceased). His Information is noted by a double asterisk (**) at the
end of entry.
Ridgelawn Cemetery is owned and well maintained by the city of Elyria,
settled in 1817. It is the original cemetery for the town, including
gravestones for area pioneer families, a Congressional Medal of Honor
recipient from the Civil War, George Butts, an ambassador to France
during WWI, William Sharp, and the founder of the Easter Seals Program,
Edgar Fiske Allen.
Contacts: Elyria City Hall, 131 Court Street, Elyria OH 44035, Attn.
Cemetery Division. (440-322-3896). Lorain Historical Society, 509 Washington
Avenue, Elyria OH 44035 (440) 322-3341.
Transcription was made as an Eagle Scout project, completed Sept 2003
by Ian McGuire. The survey of all visible gravestones at that time was
compared to an earlier transcription made by WPA workers in the 1930s,
and published by the Lorain Historical Society.
- Sara McGuire