Village History Museum Hosts Cemetery Walking Tour October 23

Village History Museum Hosts Cemetery Walking Tour October 23
Posted on 10/18/2016

The burial records of the Orland Memorial Park Cemetery are a walk through Orland Park history.

Names like Humphrey, Loebe, Myrick, Schussler, Voss, Yunker and more remember some of the village’s pioneers of years past.

On Sunday, October 23, the Village of Orland Park History Museum will conduct walking tours of the cemetery at 153rd Street and West (100th) Avenue. Group tours will begin at 1 p.m. and continue every 15 minutes with the final tour beginning at 2 p.m.

“The museum’s cemetery tour is a great way to learn about Orland Park’s early settlers and families that played a part in the village’s history,” said Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin. “There’s a lot of history in that cemetery and we invite everyone to learn more about the people who helped make Orland Park the great community that it is today.”

The cemetery is located on land that was originally owned by George Cox who sold the initial piece of property for $13.00 and a lot for himself and his family. Harry Cox, George’s son, was the village’s third mayor serving from 1915 until 1923. The younger Cox is also remembered for building the first house in the village in 1880 at 14420 Second Avenue.

“We have a few historical cemeteries in and around Orland Park,” said Mayor Dan McLaughlin. “Most people know about the West Avenue cemetery and we have the Christ Lutheran Cemetery on 82nd Avenue and a number of our early residents are buried at St. Michael Cemetery at 159th and Will-Cook Road. The original St. Michael Church was built at 151st Street and Will-Cook Road in 1847.”

Orland Park’s early residents were buried outside of the village because Village Ordinance Number 30, passed in 1924, prohibited graveyards, cemeteries or burying a dead person within the village’s corporate limits or within a mile of town.

Orland Memorial Park Cemetery was founded in 1859 and was known as the Orland Burial Ground. When Ordinance 30 was amended in 1930, the Village Board annexed the cemetery. According to the cemetery’s website, the current name was adopted in 1936.

Area notables among the Orland Memorial Park Cemetery burials include Samuel Tinley, Jr. (1838-1919) with Susannah Tinley (1836-1925) buried in an adjacent grave.

It was Samuel Tinley, Sr. (1808-1882) for whom Tinley Park was re-named.

“Samuel Tinley, Sr. was the first station agent for the Rock Island and Pacific Railroad at the Bremen Station,” said Brad Bettenhausen, historian for the Village of Tinley Park. “He was hired in 1854 and held that position for nearly 26 years.”

The New Bremen Post Office was renamed the Tinley Park Post Office in 1890. On January 1, 1891 the name Tinley Park was unveiled as the new name of the community, which surprised some.

“The matter of the name was ultimately put to rest in June, 1892 with the vote to incorporate the local municipal government the Village of Tinley Park,” Bettenhausen said.

Samuel Tinley, Sr, his wife and other relatives are buried at the Frankfort Township Cemetery. Samuel, Jr. and his family members are buried in Orland Park. The younger Tinley was station agent for the Rock Island and Pacific Railroad in Mokena for many years. Other Tinleys, many of whom also worked for the railroads, are buried throughout Illinois.

A number of village officials are buried at Orland Memorial Park including five village mayors and some former trustees.

Orland Park’s first mayor, John Humphrey, and his family are buried there as are more recent community members, Eleanor and Paul Voss. Eleanor Voss was the first female matron for the Orland Park Police Department and her husband, Paul, was an Orland Park police officer, a longtime village trustee followed by serving as a founding trustee for the newly formed Orland Fire Protection District in 1969. Orland Fire Station #2, at 151st Street and 80th Avenue, is dedicated to Paul Voss’s memory. 
The tour fee for those ages 10 and older is $5 per person, payable in cash or check. Attendees will also be able to become museum members. Comfortable shoes and clothing are recommended.

Further information about the Village of Orland Park History Museum, located in the former village hall at 14415 Beacon Avenue, is available by calling 708/873-1622 or by emailing