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Webster Twp
Polk County, Iowa
Uploaded 5/20/2005 by
hwilson1 [Email]

McDivitt Grove Cemetery is located at the intersection of 70th Street and Meredith Drive, in Urbandale, Iowa and is about 3 acres in size. Earliest stones date to 1860's. Currently, the cemetery is maintained and supervised by the City of Urbandale. Earlier burial records are very incomplete.

Patent for the land was taken out in 1848 by John Watts who took 160 acres at that time. The land was sold December 6, 1853, to William McDivitt, pioneer settler. When John McDivitt, son of William McDivitt, died in 1865, his father set apart one acre of his farm for the cemetery. A school house, built somewhere between 1865-1875, first set on the area near the gravesite where later a church was built (this would be the West Addition). The ground was deeded for cemetery purposes in 1870.

The church was a monument to the community of McDivitt's Grove which, like thousands of other Iowa towns, expired with the coming of rapid transportation. Built in the summer of 1875, the structure was for many years, the center of community life. The church was built by a Methodist congregation and the edifice remained in the possession of that sect until the 1930's when it was deeded to the Webster Township for cemetery purposes. The church remained on the property until 1950.

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