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.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006


Cemetery Headstones - 2

On October 13, 2006, I posted a series of ten random headstones from the Union and West End Cemetery. The following photographs are of random headstones to continue the series.

Marie E. Trinkle was born in Allentown on 25 June 1926. She died on August 2, 1927 and was buried in the West End portion of the cemetery on 5 August 1927. She was just 14 months old and probably had been walking for only a few months. Her grave was adorned with a beautiful sculptured statue of a young girl. Now, the statue is headless and a portion of an arm is missing. Who could have be so heartless as to desecrate the grave and stone of a young beautiful girl?

A little lower down, there is another statue, this one of an angel mounted on top of a pedestal. The angel has a broken right wing which shows signs of having been repaired. The left wing is missing above the shoulder blade. This angel is one of my favorites and, for me, is a perfect symbol for the cemetery; broken, in need of care, but still standing, strong, stately and majestic.

This marker indicates that it was erected for the "Children of Charles & Lydia Seagreaves." Charlie, born May 23, 1868, died Aug 28, 1876. Katie, born Jan 5, 1865, died Sept 8, 1876. Lizzie, born Jan 17, 1860, died Oct 17, 1876. Take note that all three children died within fifty days of one another. If one could get close enough, I imagine you could see a tear running down the cheek of that sad,broken angel.

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