|Memorial Stone at Cemetery Entrance
Fredrick Forrest Schmalz was born December 18, 1887, and died October 3, 1918, his parents were Charles and Margaret Affleck Schmalz. His family lived in the eastern part of South Weber around where the gravel pit is now located. They were active members in the community, they owned a large herd of sheep that they grazed on land in Uintah and other near by areas, and they attended Church at the Uintah Ward.
Fredrick severed in the Army, Company B of the 109th Infantry during WWI. He was a private and was killed in action in the Muse, Argonne Defensive Sector. Out of those called to service in Uintah and South Weber, Fredrick was the only who was killed in action. A memorial moument was constructed in his memory and placed in the Uintah Cemetery. The monument was first placed in the second section of rows but in the late 80's was moved to its final resting place at the entrance to the cemetery.
Burial care in the early days
Before mortuaries came out and picked up corpses, Robert Moroni Gale, an active member of the community, would pick up the deceased, lay out the dead, dress them, and prepare them for burial. The bodies were kept at homes until the funeral . He would pack them in ice, or have ice packs around them. He would sit up with the dead when no one else was available and he dug the graves in the cemetery for those that died. There were very few families in the town that he did not help and he never charged anyone for his service.
A bit of history
The first Uintah Cemetery was located west and south from the current cemetery where the upper railroad tracks are now located. When the upper tracks were constructed, the cemetery was moved to its present location.
When the Uintah Cemetery was first established, responsibility was assumed by the Bishop of the Church.
All the cemetery records prior to 1922 were destroyed in a fire. The oldest known death is 1865, Levinas Jones. The oldest Veteran was from the Mexican War (1845 to 1848) and died in 1909, John M. Bybee.