Established in 1874, historic Oakwood Cemetery was formed in response to the City of La Salle's rapid growth and need for additional cemetery space. The rural cemetery movement, which inspired the building of cemeteries on the outskirts of towns in tranquil, park-like settings, was prevalent at the time and undoubtedly influenced the site selection and unique concentric circular layout of Oakwood on the north in contrast to the rectangular section on the south. Oakwood Cemetery Association of La Salle owns and maintains the Cemetery which is overseen by a board of trustees. Present day trustees of Oakwood are committed to preserving this tradition of a peaceful, natural setting for quiet reflection and remembrance of loved ones.
Neighboring Rockwell Cemetery, located on the east side of the lane leading into Oakwood, dates at least as far back as 1836 and filled quickly.
Oakwood is a non-denominational cemetery.
Farmer and preacher
First Mayor of La Salle, US Congressman and friend and advisor to Abraham Lincoln
Wholesale liquor dealer and city council member
Founder Matthiessen & Hegeler Zinc and Open Court Publishing
Founder Matthiessen & Hegeler Zinc, Western Clock Manufacturing (Westclox), Mayor of La Salle and philanthropist
Builder and alderman
Organizer of La Salle National Bank
Theologian, author and editor at Open Court Publishing
President of Matthiessen & Hegeler Zinc and Open Court Publishing
Owner of the La Salle Tribune
The Grand Old Man of the Cement Industry
President of La Salle National Bank and founder of Wayne Hummer & Company