Ballot Proposition 43 -
Repeal the Cemetery Removal Laws


Arguments for the Ballot Proposition Number 43,
the Ordinance Proposed by -
Mayor Rolph
Resist the Removal of the Cemeteries!

Ballot Proposition 43 Should Be Approved by the Voters at the General Election,

November 4, 1924

Vote YES on Number 43

 

 

REPEAL
REMOVAL
ORDIANCE

 

Under the power given by the City by the Charter, His Honorable Mayor Rolph, has proposed for submission to the voters, at the general election of November 4, 1924, an ordinance to repeal the four ordinance, which receptively demand that the human bodies, approximately from 120,000 to 150,000 now buried in Masonic, Odd Fellows, Laurel Hill and Calvary Cemeteries, be disinterred and removed from San Francisco.

 
 

DEFEAT
the REMOVAL

 

To defeat the threatened removal of cemeteries vote ''YES".

 
 

DEFEATED
BEFORE
IN 1914

 

Once before, at the general election of November 3, 1914, Mayor Rolph submitted this question to the people, and the people by an overwhelming majority voted against the land scheme to remove the cemeteries.

Vote YES on Proposition 43

The plot to remove the cemeteries is repugnant to sentiment and sense. It offends against natural feeling and the keenest sensibilities of the heart.

 
 

GRAVES
SACRED

 

Among all, savage and civilized, the HONOR of the resting places of the dead are regarded as Sacred.

 
 

FIRE
PIONEERS







LAND
SHARKS
AND GOLD
FROM
GRAVES

 

In these four cemeteries, which are fire BARRIERS, and wherein hundreds found shelter and refuge in the fire and earthquake of 1906, rest the bones of the pioneer citizens of California, and of the forebears of most of our citizens. These cemeteries, hallowed by our early history and consecrated by our dead, have an un-deniable claim on the affections of the people of our city. The opening of these graves will call old wounds, while sorrow in our hearts remember the past. This city shall not behold the daily spectacle of endless funeral processions, while the countless thousands of our dead are carried off wholesale, to satisfy private greed and land shark speculators. The commercialized removal of these bodies is abhorrent to sentiment and decency.

 

FREEDOM

 

In a country where the exercise of religion is free, it is also free to consecrate the graves of departed Christians, after with it is religious profanity to trifle with.

 
 

VOTE YES
ON 43

 

The honor of the city, by its original grant, is pledged to the living and the dead, to the effect that the cemeteries shall not be desecrated.

 
 

NO NECESSITY
FOR REMOVAL

 

There exists no honest reason for the threatened removal of the cemeteries. But some wolves in sheep's clothing are still in OUR midst. Some, under the guise of pubic-spirited citizens are once more raising a false hue, FALSE and an old-cry.

 
 

FALSE
ISSUE
1914

 

In the election of 1914, those advocating the removal of the cemeteries loudly cried that the cemeteries were an obstacle to the city's progress an in particular, prevented the development and growth of the Richmond District.

 
 

NOT
NEEDED

 

Equally false is the cry that the dead must give way to the living. The City of San Francisco is not so overcrowded that in order to get place for the living, the dead should be removed. At public hearings before the Board of Supervisors on this question, uncontradicted testimony showed that under normal growth, it will able and now unoccupied land in San Francisco, and that there is no need to remove the cemeteries to provide home sites. There are enough vacant lots in the Mission to house a million people.

 
 

THE SUNSET
and THE MISSION

 

You can take the present population of San Francisco and plant it south of the park and there would still be vacant lots to sell.

 
 

RIGHTS
PURCHASED
ARE SACRED

 

Given Assurances that property rights would not be taken from them, and that any deeds therein were more than mere scraps of paper. Were therein rights made sacred by those instincts of nature, which preceded constitutions and imprint upon them the highest obligations of mankind to one another.

The living have still such a right in these cemeteries that they should not be compelled to remove their dead out of the City and County of San Francisco for the benefit of those, who, when purchasing their lots, were not ignorant of the fact that their property was beside a cemetery.

The living, and, in their life time, those now dead, bought and paid for these last earthly resting places, believing in good faith that their contractual rights of property would be observed.

Vote YES on Number 43

CEMETERY DEFENSE LEAGUE

By R. P. Doolan, President. Frank L. Fenton, Secretary.

Mills Building

Vote YES on Number 43

CEMETERY DEFENSE LEAGUE

YES Votes = 71,085 and NO Votes = 63,966. Proposition 43 passed and repealed previous Board of Supervisors Removal Ordinances, for a while longer at least.

 


 
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