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From farmland to final resting place, Roseland Park Cemetery in many ways is intricately entwined with the history of Berkley. The land on which the cemetery now sits was originally farmed by Native American tribes for corn and squash. In the mid-1800s, John Benjamin and his son John Jr. purchased the land and erected a two-story structure in which they produced the Benjamin Muley Grain Cradle. This device, combining the sickle with a cradle to separate wheat from the chaff, enabled farmers to quadruple their yield.
In 1906, a group of forward-thinking businessmen who anticipated population expansion northward from Detroit founded Roseland Park Cemetery. A stock purchase converted the north section of the Cromie Dairy Farm on Twelve Mile Road from cattle pasture to graveyard.
Although John Tuttle was the first person buried here in 1908, Roseland Park was officially dedicated in June of 1910. More than 1,000 people attended, including the mayors of Detroit and Pontiac. Poet Edgar Guest read a poem he had written for the ceremony.
The Rose Chapel was designed by world-renowned Detroit architect, Louis Kamper and was officially dedicated in 1914. Many mausoleums in North America were modeled after the famed Rose Chapel. Certified as a Michigan Historical Site, the Chapel is currently undergoing renovations to restore its timeless beauty. This century-old mausoleum has stood the test of time. Louis Kamper, the designer, is interred in the Rose Chapel.
From its modest one-acre beginning, the cemetery gradually expanded to its current 135 acres. During the Depression, though, the cemetery sold a portion of its land to a developer who created the St. Johns Woods subdivision.
Many noteworthy people are buried here, including:
2 former Detroit mayors, Frank Doremus (also a member of Congress) & Philip Breitmeyer
Fred Goldsmith, who invented the curveball but is said to have died of a broken heart when that honor was granted to another player in the National Baseball Hall of Fame
David “Davey” Jefferson Jones, a Detroit Tiger from 1901-1915
Rob Tyner, the lead singer of the rock group MC5
Amy Ross, head of the employment Bureau of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, who provided aid to World War I veterans and their families. She was the first woman to be buried with full military honors
Note: Contrary to legend, Arthur Godfrey is NOT interred in Roseland Park. Although he was a salesman for the cemetery before becoming a famous entertainer, he is actually buried in Florida.