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Harrisburg PA Pages (pp 245-248 from The_Modern_Cemetery OCR

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134
EXPLOSIVES
From
anagricultural
standpoint,
explosives,
especially
the
dynamites,
are
indispensable
to
the
farmer, to
the
owner
of
an
estate,
or
to
the
park
superintendent.
,Many
personshave notcared
to use
dynamite.
because
they thought
it too
hazardous,
but
with due care dynamitecan
be used
to
loosen
tight
subsoil,
toblast
holes for
tree-planting, to
loosen
and
break
rock,
to dig
ditches,
to
blaststumps,
and toterrace
farm
land_
Last
fall,
in
the
Missouri
BotanicalGarden.
the
subsoil in
the
flower beds
just
south
of
the
water-1i1y ponds was
PARK
AND
CEMETERY
IN LANDSCAPE WORK
looselled
with
20
percent dynamite. The
illustrations here
shown
from
a
recentbul!etin
of
the
garden
show
the
placing
of
the
charge and the boring
of
the
holes.
The
subsoil
was found to
be a
tight
im·
pervious
fire clay
that
became
soggy
in
wetweather and extremely
hard
in
our
hot.
dry summers.
An inch
and
one
halfauger
was used,
boring
holes
3-3lh
feet deep.
The
holes
were
spaced
10-12
feet
apartand
were
about
3 feet
south
of
the
flower beds.
The charge
of one
halfstick dynamite.
a No.
6
cap
with
3feet of fuse.
was
lowered to
thebottom
o~
hole;
charge
was
tamped gently
at
first,
then
harder
and
tighter
UII
hole
was
filled,
and then
the
fuse
was
lighted.
In Forest Park,
the
trees
newly plant
ed
were formerlyset
in
spade-dug
holes,
with
a loss
each
year
of
at
least
40
per
cent.
Now
the
holes
are
blasted
and
trees planted,
with
a loss
of not
over
5
per
cent.
Dynamite
has
paid theParkBoard
of
St.
Louis.
In blasting
holes tor
trees,
the
hole
should
be
30
inches
deep;
the charge
one-half
stick
of dynamite;
3()-inch fuse
and
No.
6
blasting
cap.All
blasting must
be
done
when thesoil
is
dry.
BORING HOLES
FOR
DYNAMITE
AXD
PLACIXG
CHARGE:
MI!:>!:>OlJRI
BOTANICALGARDE:.!
HARRISBURG AND
ITS
CEMETERIES
In
selecting
Harrisburg
for
the
37th
annual
convention,
association otlkia!shave
Singled
out
a
city
that
oll'ers a su
premeexample
of
all
that
the
organiza
tion
has
achieved
in
the
evolution
of
theAmerican cemetery.
Within the
forty
odd
acres
of
Harrisburg
Cemetery,
thisevolutionis recorded with graphic andconvincing
definlti()n.
Lot
hy
lot andsection by
section,
one can
trace the
periodsand
epochs
that
mark the
transi
tion
from grave-yard
to
cemetery.
No
history,
no
text-book
on
the subject
could
rival
the outstanding
object lesson
Har-
rlsburg
oll'ers
in
testimony to
the
ideals
and
vision
of
the
Association
of Ameri
can CemeterySuperintendents.
Standing
at
the
intersection oftworoads
that
div,lde
the
old par':
trom the
new;
the
expert,
novice
or the
layman
has
before
him
an
eloquent
and
over·
whelming vindication
of
the
principles,tenets
and
theories
propounded
by
the
A.
A.
C.
S.
And such
Is
the
conclusiveevidence
that
onecan
ask
no
better
proof
of
the sheer
achievement
that
has
earned
for
this great
organization
an
International
reputation as
a
professional
soci-
ety
with
a
truly great
mission. Indeed,
soInspiringis
the contrast
between thelawn-plan
area
and
the
older
section that
Itshouldbe
a
striking
and
invaluablelesson for
all unconverted
omelals, all
lay members
of
cemetery
boards and all
progressivesuperintendents,
From
the lawn approach
through the
reclaimed
section,
around
the
unique hm
side
developmente
and
into
the ultra
modern
area,
a
tour
through these
grounds
is
like
an
intensive
course of
study
in
cemeterydesign,
. mprovement
and
maintenance. No single
phase
is
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lackillg.
Here the student and expertalike
will
learnwhat
intensive
devotion,
exhaustivestudyand
Ingenious resource·
fulness
can
do.
Witness
old
and
forsa
ken
plotstransformed
from
eyesores
Into
spots
of
beauty
by
maIlS
plantings
of
rhododendron;
granite
vases,
the
relics
PARK
AND
CEMETERY
Into a
modern God's acre?
We
quote
anauthority
for
our
answer.
We
quote
the
best
authority,
In
fact.
because
noneknows
better
than
the
man
who
achieved
the results!
Harry
M.
Barnesattributes
the
major
glory to
theinspiration
of
the
A.
A.
C.
S
the
invaluable
cooperation of
135
complaints
of
thought"ess
or
seUlsh lot
owners
who
are
willing
to admire beautybut
who
will
not
tolerate
the
revisions
of
policy
that
make
beauty and progress
possible.
Courage!
Perhaps
it
Is
the
will
to
achieve
and
courag
in
the
achieving
lIAL'SOLECM
LOT
IX H.\HHISBURG
CElIETEHYBackground
of Hhorlodpndrons
on
T ..
rrllce
SfX'TION
OFMAPLEAVE
HARRISBURG CEMETERY:\femoral
Day;
Spiraeas in Bloom.
of extinct
families,
are
convertedinto
useful
bird-baths; stone-surfeited
areas
are
screened from modern sections
by
ski!fully arranged
plantings;
abrupt
hill
side
land.
once deemed useless
has
here
been
deve~oped
into
italian
sunken
Jrarden-like plots, one
of
which is unques
tionably
the most unique cemetery
set
ting
in
Amerlca,-these
and all
the
best
modern tradition and
practice
are
here
to
be observed
and analysed
In
reality!
Truly.
Harrisburg
offers
an
invaluable
and
vital
lesson.
What has
given
Harrisburg this
re
markable
cemetery?Whence camethevision.
the
purpose and
the
knowledge
necessary totransform the
graveyardits
lllembersh ip
and the applicaticn
cf
principles
the
associationhas originated
and
sustained
throughout the
nation.
And
in paying
tribute to
the
society. :\fr.
Barnes
is
sincere.
None who
knows
him
will
dispute
this
one
outstanding
trait
of
his personality.
It
is
the
sincerity
0
r
his
tribute together
with his keen
enthu
siasmand
Il!mbition
to serve others
that
will
make
theHarrisburg
Convention
a
very
definite
and concrete
benefit
to
all
earnest students
of
cemetery
problems.
It
is
to
be
hoped
that
the
lesson
writtenacross the
beautiful
acres
of
Harrisburg
Cemetery
will
givecourageto
the
younger
men,-men
who
have
the
id :ali3m
but
whowaverbefore
the
superficial
that
keynotes
the
success which crownsthe
years
of
labor devoted
to Harrisburgceme:ery
by
the
board
of
managers and
the
superintendent.
The
Association ofAmericanCemeterySuperintendents mayhave
given Mr.
Hameshis objective,his
goal,
but
only personal
effort.
supportedby
the
board
of
managers and
foreSighted
lot-owners
has
madevictory
possible.
The
public
may
take
theEe
results
as
a
matter
of
course.
Gery
plays
a
small
part
in
such
an
enterprise.'and
a consci
entious
superintendent
is more
accus
tomed to expletives, dissension
and
pro
test
than
lie is
to praise.
Hb
achieve
ments
are
the more praiseworthy for
all
the
obstacleshe
has
hadto
surmcunt.
SEGELBAUM
LOT,
HARRISBURG
CEMETERY.
AS
IT
WAS
SEGELBAUM LOT AS
IT
IS
TODAY
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136
PARK
AND
CEMETERY
WILDASTERS IN
BLOOM;
ENTHANCg
DRIVE. HAHrUSBUHG
CEMETERY
There
may
still remain
a
very
few
people
In
Harrisburg
who
question
theprice of
plots
under permanent trusteeship; there
may befewerstill who denounce
the
regulations enforcedfor
the
benefitof alland
not
the
few;
there
may
be
an
individ
ual
here and there
who lifts
his
voice
in
l11'ote3t
against the restrictions
on
stonE
work,
seats, vasesand kindred
incum
brances,
but the
great
majority
are
proudof
this
beautiful cemetery.
Situatedon
a
promontory overlooking
the
city,
the
noble Capitol buildingsand
thedistant
Susqueh:mnah,
Harris'JurgCemetery
has
a
felicitous
naturalsetting
but
one
that
has
Involved
years
of
de
velopment.
And
the
work of building
up
has been
no
less arduous
than the
work
of
tearing
down
a
vast
accumulationofsuperfluous stone
which
today
constitutes
a
formidable and significant
rna,s
ofrocktowhich
Mr.
Harnes points
with
justifi
able pride.
This
min'ature
quarryof
dis·
carded
stone
is
mute evidenceof persis
tf-nt
application
and
indefatigable
devo
tion
to
purpose.
Only
by considering
this
enormous
accumulation of stone together
with
the
vast acreage
of overcrowded
lotd that.
still
remain
to
be
reclaimed;
aud
onlyby
contrasting this Inheritance
from
yesterday with
the
restful
and
beau·
tiful
aCl'es
of
the
lawn·plan sectioncanone
adequately
realize
the
obstacles
that
barthe
way
in
modernizing
a
cemetery.
The
first
interment
in Harl'isburg
C!
etf'ry ismarked
by a
simple
slab
ofwh:te
\'ermon~
marhle dated
1845.
The
proper
ty
was
acqllired
hy
ten foresighted
cit!·
zens
on
Novpmber
27. 1844.
These
twelve
acres
on"Mount Kalmia"
(the
Hill
of
Laurel)
were contributed
to
theHarrisburg
C'f'metpry
Association
which
waschartered
on
February
14th, 184;).
The
,grounds
were
dedicated on
Sept.em
ber
30th
of
the same
y(ar.
Additionalproperty
has been
acquired from
time
totime, until
the
Association now owns
all
the
undeveloped
property
availablein
the
vicinity.
Operated
from
its
inception
as
an
association
of
lot-owners,
all income
TI'LII'
I'UI'LAI:.
SH.·\TTErtED
BY
LIGHTNI:-:G.
HAHHISllL'W;CE:'IETEHY
from
whatsoever source
has
been ex
pended for
maintenance,
development
and the perpetual
care
fund. When all
lots now available
in
the
grounds
are
sold,
this
fund
will
insure the
perpetual
care
of
the property under
the
high
standards
ofmaintenance
now
prevail
ng.
The
rules now enforced. moreover,
insure
for
posterity
a
cemetery of
such
charac·
ter
and
beauty
as
tobeworth
presena
tiem!
Th€se
rules,
wh!1e
not
as
stringent
as they
are
today
in
many
cemeteries,
embrace
most
of themeasures
essential
to
effective admillistrat·oll.
The
subdivi
sion oflots
is
prohi!:itfd.
A
special
main·
tenance
fund
is
required
on
such
non-self-
sustaining
structures
as
Mounds
are
not
al\owed.mausoleums.
All
markers
are set
levelwith grade. Memorial
work
is
subject
to
the
approval
ofthe
mana
gers. Duplication
ot
monuments
is dis
couraged.
Foundations
are
not
allowed
less
than
six feet
In
depth. These
and
kindred regulations enforced
with
polite
but
firm
hnd
Impartial
precision
have
rightfully
earned
for
the
Harrisburg
Cemetery
an
enviable
reputation as
one
of America's
bestmanaged
cemeteries.
Neitherlargenor
superficially
mod~m,
theHarrisburg Cemetery
pres(nts
no dis·
play for
the
sake
of
mere
display.
It
is
above
all
else an outstanding
example
of
what
can be done
with
a
typ'cal
ceme
tery of the preClvll
War
period. As
such,
it
Is
unique.
By
filling a ravine
some
thirty
feet deep
and
levelling
orr ahilI
as
high,
the authorities have
devel·
oped
a
beaut:ful lawn
approach.-one
of
the
indispensable
features of
a
truly
beautifulcemetery.
The
abrupt
hillside,
defining
thenorthshore
of
the
property.
has
been
transformed
from
a
barren
em
bankment
into oneof
the most
pictur
esque
vistas
of
wildwood
to
be
found
in
any
cemetery.
Through
this
virgin
for
est
a
drive wends
its
way
and
may
b;?
utilized
In
approachingthe
cemetery.
The
borders paraIlellng
public
highways
have
been
defined
with
a
privit
hedge,
spotted
hereand therewithclusters
of
shrubsto
break the
monotony.
A
slope
of
green
sward has beencarried
down
from
the
border
hedge to
the
public
side·walks.AIl
the
roads within
the grounds
havp
been
constructed ofhard
sha~e
macadam
or asphaltpenetration.
Private
plantings
have
been so co-ordinated
that
they
have
become
part
of the cemetery
landscape
andnot
individual accents.
Mausoleums
have been
confined to
the northern
prom·
ontoryand
so
nestled
In
the
verdure
as
to
save the cemetery
landscape. The
toweringstacks
of
nearby
factories andall
the
attendant
scenes of
industry
have
been happily
screened
by a
great extent
of
forest and
wildwood. By
these
and
dil'erse
means.
~Ir.
Barn:c>s
and
his Board
of Managers
have
stead!1y marched on
with
the
one
ideal
of rpstoring
to
Mount
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