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Local funeral home and monument makers: *Parker Funeral Home *The only computerized indexing was done by me. Local tombstone transcription books list names and dates also. The State Historical Society is in Columbia and has plenty of local info. Their website, has contact information.


Beth Shalom Cemetery: {10915} the Jewish Section of Columbia Cemetery and formerly Beth Olem Hebrew Cemetery: 30 E. Broadway Columbia, MO 65203, Phone number: 573-449-6320 Person to contact about grave locations: Allan D. Patton, Current Superintendent. Used by Congregation Beth Shalom, 1107 University Ave. Columbia, MO 65201, 573-499-4855. (Columbia Cemetery Assn, 30 E Broadway, Columbia, (573) 449-6320. The Burial list is available at See [October 2002])
Other towns and villages that used this cemetery: Fayette, Rocheport, Booneville, and Mexico (post-1921).

Cemetery Hours: closes at dusk but superintendent lives on property. The cemetery is land-marked with a caretaker paid by Columbia Cemetery Association. Cemetery was established in 1880. Barth Family and others were buried here. The cemetery is active for the Conservative and Reform community. The urban cemetery location is on flat land and part of a municipal cemetery, marked by a sign: Columbia Cemetery. A continuous fence and a gate that locks surround the cemetery, reached by turning directly off a public road. Municipal: 34 acres, Jewish section: 1 acre, The cemetery is divided into special sections for Cohanim and children. Date of oldest gravestone: 1881. Tombstones date from 19th century and 20th century. 20-100 gravestones are in cemetery, regardless of condition or position, in original location and less than 25% of surviving stones toppled or broken. The marble, granite, limestone, sandstone and military tombstones and memorial markers are flat shaped stones, finely smoothed and inscribed stones, flat stones with carved relief decoration, double tombstones, horizontally set stones, flat/low inground plaques, and obelisks. Inscriptions on tombstones are English and Hebrew. The municipality owns the cemetery property now used for Jewish cemetery purposes only. Properties adjacent to the cemetery are commercial. Private visitors visit the cemetery occasionally.

Past maintenance includes re-erection of stones, patching of broken stones, and clearing of vegetation by local authorities. The Columbia Cemetery has an office on the grounds as well as mausoleums, etc. but the Jewish section has nothing but trees and stones, no structures. I doubt there is any sort of threat although vandals would have no problem entering the Jewish section by hopping over the fence. Scott D. Latman (1332 Jill Terrace, Homewood, IL 60430 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) completed this survey on 5/18/99 using deeds at Courthouse. He interviewed: Raymond Fountain, Former Superintendent on March 16, 1999, D. Bob Goodman, head of Chevra Kadisha and Synagogue Liaison who retired on March 31, 1999, and Elizabeth Kennedy, Member of Columbia Cemetery Association on March 17, 1999. (Phone interview. Allan Patton became the Superintendent on April 6, 1999.


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