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Fir Street Cemetery - ca 1865  850 burials

Fir Street Cemetery at Fir Avenue and West 61st Street on Cleveland's West side, is the city's second oldest Jewish cemetery. Oldest grave: 1865 Last burial 1969  0.9 acres 

The cemetery has three sections:
   ● east (near West 58th) Heights Jewish Center
   ● center Hungarian Aid Society
   ● west (near West 61st)  Anshe Emeth (Park Synagogue)

Graves include Herman Sampliner (1835-1899) the founder of B'nai Jeshurun Congregation and Harry Bernstein, (1856-1920) ward boss and councilman. 

Learn more
Plain Dealer story on how neighborhood groups have restored this cemetery
For more on this renovation project. (pdf, 2.5 Mb)
The headstone and pictures on page 18 are of the Sogolo
vitz (Sogg) family.

By 1865 there were two swing bridges across the Cuyahoga River so ferries were no longer needed. Bridge Avenue (see map below) may have led to one.

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 Photos Arnold Berger

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