When George H. Keller’s competition-winning Garfield monument opened on Memorial Day of 1890, it was so popular that, by the next year, separate admission tickets had to be issued to lot holders and the public.
As Lake View matured, its architectural and historic presence complemented its natural setting, and many esteemed Clevelanders (including Leonard Case Sr., and Jr.) were reinterred. A number of people that either lived in Cleveland Heights or affected its development are buried in Lake View Cemetery. They include John D. Rockefeller (a former Cemetery trustee), Oris and Mantis Van Sweringen (who developed much of Fairmount Boulevard’s historic mile between Coventry and Lee Roads), Dr. George Crile (founder of the Cleveland Clinic), and Myron T. Herrick (former Governor and ambassador to France).
Not all of the “residents” of Lake View were prominent Cleveland/Cleveland Heights citizens: near the Euclid Avenue entrance is a monument to, and mass grave for, the 169 pupils who perished in the tragic Collinwood School Fire in 1908.