I've been looking at burial in records for Ottawa's Beechwood Cemetery for 1896-7. Typically through the summer and fall there were only two or three days between death and interment according to the burial register available on Ancestry.ca. As the ground became frozen, and without machines for digging graves, I'd expected interments to cease.
Friday, 8 February 2013
Starting with a death on December 24 there were many entries with a notation "vault" and interment dates the following May or June. But there were also interments with just a 2-3 day delays, some were with the notation "pauper grounds", others were in various cemetery sections.
That pattern continued until the beginning of April when there were no further interments delayed beyond a couple of days.
What's curious is that none of the deferred interments from December, January, February and March took place in April when the regular routine resumed. Any ideas why?
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