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 – DUSK
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.
The City of Jefferson, realizing the difficulty encountered by the cemetery caretaker in keeping the cemetery property mowed and maintained, requests that flowers and/or decorations of any description not be left on graves longer than six days during the mowing season, and hereby authorizes the cemetery caretaker to comply with this request. Christmas decorations/wreaths must be removed by January 15th.
MARKER OR STONES
All markers or headstones must be of regular, uniform, approved forms and sizes, with NO ornamentation of any nature that protrudes above the level of the ground in the Wied or Warner sections of the cemetery. Markers in the North and South sections of the cemetery may protrude above the ground. Minimum size of a single marker or stone is 16” x 8”. Maximum size is 30” x 18”. Double markers or stones shall be a minimum of 36” x 12”, and a maximum of 48” x 18”. All markers or stones must be set in a minimum of 4” border of sidewalk grade concrete base 5 ½” thick with 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. The marker or stone must be centered in the 4’ single grave space; or in the case of a duel marker or stone, centered within the 8’ width of the two grave spaces. Stones or markers must be set within six months of the burial, unless other arrangements are made with the City of Jefferson. All markers or stones must be set by a professional to ensure compliance with cemetery requirements. Unauthorized markers are subject to removal.
FLOWERS AND SHRUBS
No flowers or shrubs of a permanent nature are to be placed on the gravesite in either the old or new sections of the cemetery. Flowers will be removed weekly for mowing. Christmas decorations/wreaths will be removed after January 15th.
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.