Rosedale Cemetery, Where they Rest in Peace near the Tank Farm in Linden, NJ
You can learn a lot about a place by visiting the local cemetery. The expansive Rosedale/Rosehill Cemeteries are a case in point. Begun in the mid-19th Century from what I can tell (they’re not big on sharing the history of this place), there are waves of immigrants interred here. Beginning around the Civil War, waspy names appear on the headstones, along with a separate (Catholic?) area where Eastern European and Italian names are prevalent. Most recently, an area for Asian families has been developed, and many of the new graves have Hispanic surnames, as well.
The graves and monuments range from very simple markers to elaborate mausoleums to over the top memorials, like that of Ray Tse, who has a monument in the shape of a Mercedes limousine. It is a local landmark. That Ray Tse must have been a unique individual…. maybe with a little too much money to burn?
Since the cemetery opened, much has changed in Linden. It sits on both sides of East Edgar Rd (Route One), which was once a rural lane and now carries three lanes of traffic in each direction. The Bayway refinery began in 1907 when John D. Rockefeller purchased land from the Morse family along Morse Creek for Standard Oil. Today, it is owned by Phillips 66 and is the northernmost refinery in the US. Cited about 200 times in the last 15 years for violation of environmental regulations, it has the largest catalytic cracker in the world. Commercial jets fly overhead on their way to and from busy Newark Liberty Airport. Little did the 19th Century customers imagine how their place of eternal rest could be so frenetic and noisy.
Rosehill Cemetery at 792 E Edgar Road is open from 8am to 5pm daily.
On the West side of Route 1, use the entrance at 750 E Linden Avenue, which opens at 8:30 and closes at 6pm daily.
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