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Glendale Cemetery
(Portage Township)
150 Glendale Ave.
Akron, Ohio
Established:  1839
Alternate Name:  Akron Rural Cemetery
A tour of this historic cemetery is a look back at the history of Akron and the surrounding area. Many of of the leading industrialists as well as early settlers from New England are buried here. The Cemetery began when an Akron druggist, Jedediah Commins, couldn't bear the thought of lowering his son's casket into the muddy pit at the crowded and swampy Spicer Burial Grounds. Instead, he preserved the body of 20 year old Augustus in alcohol for two years whike he raised funds for a new cemetery. Augustus was finally laid to rest when the Akron Rural Cemetery opened in 1839.
Entrance to the cemetery.