Ben Lomond Cemetery Tour
On October 8, 2002, we held our annual cemetery tour. Ben Lomond Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in Utah, with its first burial dating back to 1851. Many people buried here are pioneers of North Ogden, Pleasant View, Ogden, Harrisville and Plain City.
On June 6, 1892, residents from North Ogden and Pleasant View met together to discuss forming a cemetery association. With an association, lands could be acquired. The motion to create the association passed unanimously. Residents chose the name Union Cemetery Association. The name Union Cemetery was used until 1940.
In 1900, the cemetery had a fire that destroyed wooden headstones and burial records. Records that escaped the fire are located at the North Ogden Historical Museum.
George and Margaret Storey Roylance planted the first grass in the cemetery plot for their young daughter Norma. To water the grass, the family converted an old Dodge touring car into a truck. Honey and milk cans and oil drums were filled with water and loaded onto the truck and taken to the cemetery to keep Norma’s resting place green.
Administration of the cemetery was turned over to the North Ogden Town Board in 1940. The North Ogden Cemetery District was operated by the town from 1940 to 1953. In 1953, the North Ogden City Council turned over operations to the newly formed North Ogden Cemetery Commission. The name changed again from North Ogden Cemetery District to Ben Lomond Cemetery.
The western portion of the cemetery was plotted into lots in 1965 and five roads running from north to south were surfaced. Markers were then installed at the edge of each plot. The cemetery is now maintained by the Ben Lomond Cemetery Maintenance District.
Ben Lomond Cemetery is still used today as a final resting place of local residents under the watchful eye of Ben Lomond Peak.
Sources: “A History of North Ogden: beginnings to 1985,” FamilySearch, Utah Division of State History.
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