Union and West End Cemetery

The Union and West End Cemetery is located in center city Allentown. The main entrance is on 10th Street at 10th and Chew Streets. The cemetery is mantained by a dedicated group of volunteers. Ten board members (also volunteers) serve the cemetery association and manage the finances, make application for grants, solicit donations and participate in the maintenance of the cemetery.

Monday, October 30, 2006


Embalming The Dead

Allentown Democrat - September 10, 1862

The embalmment of those of our brave volunteers who have died in service of their country has lately been a source of great consolation to sorrowing relatives, and is extensively practiced. Those who are engaged in the pursuit grade their charges according to the rank of the deceased varying from $15 to $100. The body of a private soldier is embalmed for $15 and sent home in a handsome coffin for $15 more. The process is simply to make an incision in any one of the arteries and to input therein a liquid invented by a Dr. Susquect, of Paris, which is secret to the operation.
September 10, 1862

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