Memorial Day at Montgomery Cemetery

Each spring, Susan and I have the honor of designing an exhibit in honor of Memorial Day.  Though the exhibit is on display for only a few hours during our Memorial Day program at Montgomery Cemetery, we take a lot of time to choose artifacts and papers to display.  This year at Saturday’s program you’ll be able to see one of our most exciting acquisitions of the past year, John Jacob Scholl’s diaries.  Plus, we’ll have a display of some of our county’s men and women who have served our country. I’ve included some of their pictures here.  We hope this display of regular people who answered the call will encourage visitors to share stories of their own family heroes.

    Anthony Stucynski Art Schlagel Franklin Francis Diamond

 Elizabeth Gwynn George J. Wilson U. B. Brown, Sgt

Top row: Anthony Stucynski, Art Schlagel, Franklin Francis Diamond; bottom row: Elizabeth Gwynn, George J. Wilson, U. B. Brown

I hope you’ll join us this Saturday at Montgomery Cemetery for our program honoring the veterans buried in the cemetery.  We’ll walk to the graves of several prominent people in the cemetery, lay wreaths, and learn about their lives.

The event begins at 11am at the gatehouse, located at 1 Hartranft Ave., West Norriton, PA.


  1. I used to always go to Memorial Field in Moorestown, NJ, where we memorialized the fallen heroes in my hometown. My father, Joseph Rauffenbart, who is buried in Arlington Cemetery in Philadelphia was stationed in Guam at one time. He did electrical work for the army. His brothers, Walter and Thomas told me stories of how they used to throw pieces of tin foil out of a plane to confuse the Japanese enemies. Their sister, Mary Rauffenbart, was a nurse also in WWII. I don’t know details, just that she was stationed in N. Africa for a time. She became director of nurses at Cooper Hospital in Camden for many years. All 4 are have passed, but I’ll remember that they all honored their country by serving in WWII.
    My mother’s first husband, Wm. Patrick O’ Shaughnessy, served in WWII and had photos of atrocities in Germany when he was there. When he came home from the war he continued to serve. They were last stationed in Fort Sill, OK. and he was a test pilot. His last evening he was teaching another soldier how to fly, but the plane crashed and both men were killed.
    So in Memory of both husbands and my uncles and aunt I salute our veterans who served to keep us safe and free this Memorial Day.

  2. Funny how history can be forgotten about. I bet you don’t have anything on Robert Reed coming home from Vietnam and organizing the Marine corps league to fix up the cemetery because of it being neglected for so long that they said in parts were heavily wooded you could not see headstones. Or how they uprighted headstones in there correct position. Funny how headstones are no longer in the correct position and moved around.

    • Hi, Thanks so much for your comment. The Historical Society didn’t own the cemetery until 1997. When it was donated to us, we actually didn’t get many of the records, and there is much of history that we don’t know. We certainly appreciate the help of everyone who tried to maintain the cemetery over its history. We’ll be sure to add Robert Reed’s story to our materials. Thanks again!

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