City of Marion Illinois Cemetery
Goddard Chapel 1918 - 1987 Recognition for Enlistment to National Register of Historic Places
Sunday July 19, 1987 Rose Hill
"Only character makes people different, not birth, not wealth, not position - Only CHARACTER." Leroy Goddard
The beginning of the chapel was a project of the Marion Woman's Club. The women proposed that such a chapel be created and found Leroy A. Goddard receptive. He countered with a proposal that he would build the chapel if Marion would enlarge its cemetery properties. The city complied by purchasing 27 additional acres to be laid off into burial plots.
The Chicago banker brought his own architect and contractors to Marion and the cornerstone of the chapel was laid June 12, 1918.
A time capsule which was a copper box placed in the cornerstone contained a brief biography of the donor, and a statement by Mayor E.B. Jackson and City Clerk George C. Campbell telling of the donation of the building. Other articles which went into the box included a statement about the part Williamson County had taken in World War I through the sending of 1800 of its men to the service, subscriptions to Liberty Loan drives, the Red Cross and the YMCA. There was a copy of the ordinance of the Village of Marion published in 1865, statement of the three Marion banks, a list of city officials from the time of the city's beginning, a list of organizations in the city copies of the Marion Daily Republican, Semiweekly Leader, Marion Evening Post and the Egyptian Press, A copy of the New York Herald of April 15, 1865, giving an account of the death of Abraham Lincoln and a booklet entitled, "Marion, the Opportunity City."