Lazaretto Lazaretto
Source: Daily Times
Date: April 13, 1900
Byline: unsigned

Moving the Remains of Those Buried Many Years Ago.

Transferred to Arlington

Remains will be interred in the Cemetery in Upper Darby under the supervision of the Philadelphia Board of Health office, the several hundred bodies interred in the old burial grounds at the Lazaretto, in Essington, are being exhumed and placed in small pine boxes for removal to the Arlington Cemetery, Upper Darby.

A gang of Italian workmen began yesterday to unearth the dry bones of those who were buried a century ago.

It frequently occurs that the coffins when broken open do not contain any vestige whatever of a human being, everything that was mortal having turned to dust. Sometimes only the skull is left as a remnant of the departed.

Although a very weird proceeding to the witness, the unearthing of the dry bones or wet bones, as they are when dug from the marshy soil of Tinicum is, nevertheless, an interesting site [sic].

A skull of unusual size was brought to light yesterday. It must have formed the head of a giant. The writer cannot thing [sic] of anyone which is reflected in the skull that has been beneath the sod[?] at least a hundred years.

The boxes in which the bones will be conveyed to their new resting place, are made of pine wood and measure a foot in length and 10 inches in width.

The remains are not packed for shipment with the carefulness exemplified by the shippers of crockery, but as such a small box is designed to hold the remaining of one person, the ceremony attending the second internment is not done with the precision or [illeg.] that attended the first and rites.

The moving of the bones is done to accommodate the Philadelphia Athletic Club, better. known as the Orchard Club, and the old burying ground has been an undesirable feature, mainly on account of the fact that the club's entire yard is to be placed in condition for games of various kinds.