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Noble County information. September 2005] has Jewish history. September 2005]

American Jewish Archives Reference: "Decline in an Age of Expansion: Disappearing Jewish Communities in the Era of Mass Migration" by Lee Shai Weissbach mentions Ligonier.

obituary index. [September 2005]


Oak Park Cemetery: See publication of the Indiana Jewish Historical Society, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Jan 1978, description by Lois Fields Schwartz. A thriving Jewish community in the 1850s to early 1900s, a highway sign nearby reads "Old Historic Jewish Community". Ligonier has taken over the old synagogue, preserved it, and made it into a community historic site. To provide a cemetery for Jewish dead, Ligonier's Oak Park Cemetery sold a section of land to the Jewish community in the 1880s, now containing 187 graves and set apart for the rest of the cemetery by gravel paths. Dominating the Jewish section are the mausoleums of Meyer Jacobs and Jacob Strauss. In 1912, the Cemetery Association (independent of the Temple) was deeded the land by the congregation. $15,000 was raised by the sale of plots of land for future care of the burials. Early burials were in the order of the date of death, but after 1912, interments were made in family plots. The Ochs (NY Times) family may are buried there. See AJA. American Jewish Archives, 3101 Clifton Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio 45220-2488. 513-221-1875 (tel); 513-221-7812 (fax). E-mail: AJA contact form for List of the Jews buried in the Jewish cemetery, as of July 1963, Miscellaneous file. has photo. [September 2005]

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