Jefferson Pioneer Cemetery
Jefferson Pioneer Cemetery Receives Grant!
The City has recieved a grant to repair 19 headstones that are of high or medium priority. Click here to view the press release with more information.
Single Lot $800.00
Additional on Existing Plot $450.00
All plots will be paid for in full at time of purchase. Prices do not include opening and closing of sites. All opening and closing must be done by a professional, bonded excavator person/company.
Rules & Regulations
The following rules and regulations are subject to change:
Year Round 8:00 AM – SUNSET
CASKETS OR VAULTS
A cement liner, cement vault or other approved vault material must protect all burial caskets. No wooden burial boxes, plastic, or fiberglass vaults will be allowed.
City Staff will identify and mark grave sites for upcoming burials and marker placement. Burials and marker placements shall be preformed within the marked areas only.
Providing for the overall safety of visitors and workers alike, routine mowing, trimming, and general upkeep of all areas of the cemetery is required, including controlling high grass and weeds to prevent the risk of fire. In order to properly maintain the perpetual care of the cemetery ground, no flowers or decorations of any kind shall be left on grave markers longer than six days, and no flowers or decorations of any kind shall be left around markers or on any other portion of the grave site for any period of time.
Christmas decorations shall not be left after January 15th.
No flowers, shrubs, trees, or other plantings of a permanent nature are allowed on or around grave sites. Flowers, shrubs, trees, or other plantings of a permanent nature placed prior to 2014 are grandfathered in and will be removed if deemed hazardous or is the cause of damage to graves or markers.
Without notice, the cemetery caretaker is authorized to remove flowers, decorations, or unauthorized plantings that are in violation of this section. Items left directly on the marker or stone may remain longer, if they do not hinder the mowing of the cemetery
MARKER OR STONES
Single markers in the Wied, Warner and Ammon sections shall be a minimum of 16” x 8” and a maximum of 30” x 18. Double markers and stones shall be a minimum of 36” x 12” and a maximum of 48” x 18”. All stones and markers shall be set in a minimum of 4” border of sidewalk grade concrete base that is 5 ½ “thick and 3/8” minimum steel reinforcement completely around the marker and tied. The single or double flat markers must have rounded corners and beveled edges. If stainless steel vases are used in the border, it should be 6” wide. Markers shall not protrude above the ground in these sections.
Markers in the Children’s section shall be 8” x 16” with a 3” cement edge and shall not protrude above the level of the ground.
Single markers in the North & South sections, shall be a minimum of 16” x 8” and a maximum of 30” x 18”. Double markers shall be a minimum of 36” x 12” and a maximum of 48” x 18”. All markers shall be set in a minimum of 4” border of sidewalk grade concrete base that is 5 ½” thick with a 3/8” minimum steel reinforcement completely around the marker and tied. The single or double markers must have rounded corners and beveled edges. If stainless steel vases are used in the border, it should be 6” wide. Markers may protrude above ground level in the North and South sections.
Markers in the Urn sections must be set with a cement edge, may not exceed 24” x 32” and shall not protrude above the ground.
All markers shall be made free of ornamentation, metal glass, or other non-engraved trimming.
All markers must be set by a professional stone setter using sidewalk grade cement. Unauthorized placement of markers, or markers in violation of this section, are subject to removal.
A section for children has been set aside in the Wied Addition. The lots in this section are set aside for children from age 0 to 3. Markers or stones in this section are to be 8”x 16” with a 3” concrete edge and shall not protrude above the level of the ground. NO ornamentation that protrudes above the level of the ground is allowed in this section. Price of lots is $450.00 to be paid prior to interment.
BURIAL OF URNS
Up to three urns can be placed on existing graves with plot owners written permission and an additional payment of $450.00. Purchase price for graves in the urn section is $450.00 to be paid prior to interment. Markers or stones must be set with a cement edge which shall not exceed 24”x 32”and shall not protrude above the level of the ground. All markers or stones must be set by a professional to ensure compliance with cemetery regulations.
Purchase price of all lots, other than Children or Urn sections, is $800.00 and must be paid prior to interment. Payments are to be made at City Hall located at 150 N 2nd Street. Inquiries by mail should be addressed to P.O. Box 83, Jefferson, OR. 97352. Phone requests or questions can be answered at 541-327-2768 ext. 303. The Cemetery will not purchase lots from previous owners. They can, however, be listed as “For Sale”, but all arrangements for the sale and collection of monies must be handled by the parties involved.
Donations will be accepted for the Jefferson Cemetery Trust. This fund will ensure future care and upkeep of the Jefferson Cemetery.
The funding for the cemetery comes from the earnings of the Kester Trust Fund, the sale of lots, and miscellaneous interest income. This amount has decreased over the years and has not kept up with the cost of maintaining the cemetery. The City has tried to maintain the cemetery in a neat and pleasing appearance, but is becoming more difficult with limited funds. The City welcomes any donations to a Common Trust toward perpetual care of the cemetery. Donations will be accepted for the Jefferson Cemetery Trust and can be made at City Hall. This fund will ensure future care and upkeep of the Jefferson Cemetery.