The Ogden City Cemetery was established in 1851 as part of Ogden’s original charter. Since then, approximately 45,000 of Ogden’s dearly departed have taken up permanent residence in the cemetery’s 54 acres. Roughly 70% of the cemetery’s grave spaces are occupied. Most of the vacant spaces still available for purchase are located along the cemetery’s eastern edge near Monroe Boulevard. Ogden residents pay $500.00 per grave space; non-residents pay $550.00.
About ten years ago, Ogden City created an online GIS through which people can search cemetery records. This system makes it possible to easily locate graves on a map and gather information about individuals buried nearby. This GIS can be found at ims.ogdencity.com/cemetery.
As cliché as the saying is, death truly is the great equalizer. Despite differences in social status, ethnicity, and religion, people from a multitude of backgrounds are buried in the Ogden City Cemetery. The grounds contain the graves of Mormon pioneers, railroad workers, Chinese immigrants, soldiers killed at war, and families of prominent industrialists.
The following are some of the most notable people buried in the Ogden City Cemetery.
Marshall N. White 1909-1963
Detective Sergeant Marshall White was an Army Air Corps veteran of WWII and served as president of Ogden’s local NAACP branch. After serving on the Ogden Police Department for 15 years, White was shot on October 18, 1963 while apprehending a juvenile escapee of the Utah State Industrial School. He died three days later at Dee Hospital. To honor Detective Sgt. White, Ogden’s community center is named in his memory.
Thomas B. Marsh 1799-1866
For those of you familiar with LDS history, you may remember the story of Thomas B. Marsh. He was the church leader whose wife was angry when she was accused of stealing the cream from milk being traded with a neighbor. The dispute escalated all the way to Joseph Smith and was allegedly the cause of Marsh becoming disaffected from the Mormons. Marsh eventually followed the Mormons out to Utah where he was later re-baptized.
Louis F. Moench 1846-1916
Born in Germany, Louis Frederick Moench studied in Chicago and traveled west to become an educator in California. He ended up staying in Salt Lake City, and eventually moved to Ogden where he founded Weber Stake Academy in 1889. He served as principal of the school until 1902. The school later moved to its own campus on 25th and Jefferson where it became Weber State College. Today, a large statue of Moench stands at the western edge of Weber State University’s main campus. Rumor has it that the sculpture marking Moench’s grave once stood at Weber’s downtown campus.
John M. Browning 1855-1926
John Moses Browning is arguably the most important gun inventor in history. As a prolific inventor, Browning is credited with 128 patents of firearms, cartridges, and other gun mechanisms. 86 years after his death, Browning’s gun designs are still some of the most copied in the world.
Forence “Flo” Grange 1903-1918
Florence “Flo” Grange is possibly the most infamous resident of the Ogden City Cemetery. Rumor has it that Flo was waiting on a dark night for a boy to pick her up when she was struck dead by the driver of another car. According to local legend, if you park your car facing her grave and flash your lights three times, Flo’s ghost will rise from behind her headstone and walk towards your car. Be forewarned: the OPD regularly patrols the cemetery at night and will ask trespassers to leave.