This Ramble starts at the gates of the College Street entrance.
The first plot on the right is known as ARBITER RIMG-the Workmen's
Circle-an organization, a chapter of a fraternal order of Jewish labor
movements in the United States and Canada, chartered in 1900. It was organized
by Yiddish speaking immigrants from Eastern Europe. It provides members with
life insurance, sickness and funeral benefits. This lot was purchased in 1919.
There are approximately six Jewish plots in Rose Hill Cemetery and as we
look up the hill to our left, we see the William Wolff Cemetery for the Reform Con-
gregation of the Temple Both Israel. In 1879, this congregation realized the need
for a larger burial ground as the old Hebrew plot was filled. They bought from the
City an area 130 feet by 280 feet in Oak Ridge for $800.00 and Mr. William Wolff,
an active member of the Congregation, put up the money and presented the deed
to Temple Both Israel so the plot was named for him.
On above and to the right is Oak Ridge Cemetery. This is a part of Rose Hill,
but was set aside in 1840 for Negroes. I understand that the City now uses a por-
tion of Oak Ridge as a Potters Field and a recent burial was interesting-the
deceased had been killed in a downtown argument and on his cement grave
cover, his name, date, and this scratched inscription, "keep on talking."
Now look across to the terraces and you can see why the City selected this
land back in 1840. Many of the unusual trees and shrubs planted by Simri Rose
are still here, but some were taken by the tornado of 1954. The feathery trees in
the foreground are one of the more unusual in the cemetery and are a type of
Cypress. One always colors differently from the other. Some have said how much
like northern Italy this spot is.
We go on now to the Oscar Albion Legare lot on the left just beyond the cross
road. This is a lot I had never noticed until I started planning this Ramble. The in-
scription reads-"Member of the 5th Company of Washington Artillery, New
Orleans, Louisiana. Fell at Peachtree Creek, July 20, 1864. Then, "He died when
all was lost save honor, leaving memory dearer to us than living love. May he rest
in peace." It is strange that a man from Louisiana killed in the battle of Atlanta
should be buried here in Macon. I wrote the Washington Artillery in New Orleans
and although they were able to give me the information that Oscar Albion Legare
was on their rolls, they could not explain why he was buried in Macon. The name
Legare is pronounced "Legree" in Charleston, South Carolina, but in New Orleans
they call it "Lezhere".